How to plant a herb garden

The garden that we at home can be an excellent provider of food, and have a fresh herb that has avoided the need to go to the supermarket in search of fresh spices. So we give you some simple tips so you can have a healthy home herbal garden.

Many will wonder what is a herbaceous plant? Are all those fresh herbs such as thyme, oregano, basil, rosemary, cilantro, parsley, sage and mint that are used for cooking, for aromatherapy and to make teas with medicinal properties. 

Vanessa Cohorn-Brown, horticulturist of the hotel JW Marriott Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, said that in order to plant a herb garden requires a large filter light and have a warm climate, so they can grow optimally 

If you live in the place not good weather, you can opt to plant shade-tolerant herbs such as chives, cilantro (or coriander), dill and mint.

Materials and tools

  • Choose annual herbs like basil, cilantro, lemon grass and perennials such as parsley and bay leaf, chamomile, lavender, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage and thyme.
  • A garden with fertile soil or a large pot.
  • Homemade labels to put the names of the herbs to plant.
  • Spatula.
  • Shower and gardening gloves. 
Basic steps for planting in a garden
  • Choose the correct location. The field you choose for your garden should have a sunny spot and have a good climate. Once this is done digs a hole.
  • Soil Preparation. "It is important to properly prepare the soil. You must select an area free of weeds and mix in compost and fertilizer it. Flattens the floor with a garden rake to remove any lumps, then let sit for a week before planting. The results are very good and the fruit will quickly, "said Virginia Monteforte, sales supervisor Hicks Nurseries, Westbury in New York.
  • Plantation. "choose the right seeds and plant it in a way that completely covered by earth and reaffirms the stepping ground," said Lance Walheim, an expert in gardening and horticulture, and author of Western Garden Book and co-author of Gardening for Dummies .
  • A proper irrigation. Water until the soil is moist and allows them to the sun. Most herbs need to be kept moist but not wet, promotes proper drainage. Do not overuse the water as it may spoil the roots.
  • Find out about your care. "Read the directions and learn about the care and plant growth," said Vanessa Cohorn-Brown.
  • Protect your plants. Avoid any animal to approach them, you can place a wire mesh to prevent wrecking.
  • Avoid pests. "It is important that you check your plants often detect the possible presence of pests, if so you can use an insecticide spray is not harmful to the environment," said Virginia Monteforte.
  • Enjoy seeing how your plants grow. If you need care can grow healthy and strong and in a few weeks to enjoy a good taste in food.
The experts at Home Depot give us eight tips for planting a herb garden in a pot:
  • Cover the bottom of the pot with an inch of rocks to help drainage.
  • Fill the pot halfway with soil.
  • Take care of its packaging plants and place them in the pot, leaving space between them.
  • Fill the rest of the pot with soil.
  • Water until the soil is moist and place the pot in a sunny location.
  • Clothing labels for each planted grass and put in the pot.
  • Water the plants when the soil is dry, about once a week. 
Walheim concluded by stressing the importance of care once your garden has been given: "Remove all spent flowers, with this will prevent others from catching and fall, use mulch in areas where you have sown, this will serve to regulate soil temperature, retain moisture, prevents erosion and weed growth due to lack of light. "

Among other care 
Home Depot recommended: 
  • Follow the instructions: Not all herbs are equal, so be assembled herbs with similar instructions carefully to be more responsive.
  • Knowledge of the earth: For indoor garden land chooses lightweight, high sand content to ensure proper drainage.
  • Harvest time: The best time to cut herbs is just before they bloom early in the morning, because the oils have already settled on the leaves and flowers at night, and are at their peak of flavor and aroma. Cut them between the bud and leaf, where it begins. This will help to grow back. 


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