Grow herbs in your garden year-round that you can use to spice up your soups or recreate a cultural dish. You can become an herbalist in no time, regardless of whether you have a green thumb or tend to kill all your houseplants.
An herb garden can be a functional part of any business. Many cooks, artists, soap-makers, candlemakers, and alternative medicine practitioners know the multiple ways to grow an herb garden.
Plant Your Herbs in the Garden
If you have space, you can grow herbs in your preexisting outdoor garden. Find a spot in your garden that is away from trees and shrubberies, as herbs grow best when they get at least six hours of sunlight each day. While you’ll want to choose the best herbs for your lifestyle—such as lavender for crafters and catnip for pet owners—some herbs that do well in the ground year-round include:
Grow Herbs in a Raised Garden Bed
A raised-bed herb garden gives you more control over the soil, water, and nutrients your herbs receive. You can add a raised bed to an existing outdoor garden or build it as an independent garden. You may find that it is easier to see and harvest your herbs.
Pro Tip: Snip herbs in the early morning with a pair of scissors. The more you harvest your herbs, the thicker they will grow!
Pot Your Herbs
Many herbalists suggest growing herbs in pots, regardless of whether you are planting them indoors or outdoors. Since the roots go a short distance and use many nutrients, you need to water them frequently and use good topsoil. Ceramic or terracotta pots are also excellent for small spaces or growing your herbs in your kitchen for easy access.
Make a Hydroponic Herb Garden
You can eliminate the need for soil and grow your herbs in water. Hydroponics produce herbs with more aromatic oils, and most grow more than 30 percent faster! You should never use tap water in hydroponics, as herbs will drink in all the chemicals and minerals—and that could get into your food. Use filtered water instead.
With patience and resilience, you’ll have no problem growing your own herbs. Like most plants, they need sunlight and water to survive. When there are so many ways to grow an herb garden, your hardest decision will be where to begin.