Growing your own herbs is rewarding and fun! You can use your herbs to flavour your food or to create natural remedies. While setting up your own garden requires some knowledge, it’s easier than you might think. Find gardening equipment for sale on Junk Mail and get your herb garden off to a great start.
1. Select your herbs
Picking the right herbs is key to the success of your garden. It’s important to plant herbs that you’ll actually use. Start by considering what herbs you enjoy cooking with and research the healing potential of the different herbs. While you should always consult with a medical professional if you’re not feeling well, there are herbs that have certain healing properties. Looking for inspiration? Here are some suggestions to get you started:
Rosemary has a great smell, can be used for decorative purposes, and can to add flavour to lamb or chicken dishes, to name a few. This herb requires an abundance of sunlight as well as adequate drainage to thrive.
Basil adds flavour to nearly any dish. You could even try making basil pesto with freshly picked herbs from your garden. In herbal remedies, it’s used to detoxify your liver. A great advantage of growing basil is that it thrives indoors and outdoors. Make sure that your basil has sufficient sunshine and drainage.
Enhance the flavour of roast vegetables with a touch of sage. This herb has antiseptic properties and can be used in natural remedies. It’s a durable herb, which makes it a good option for beginners.
Thyme has an energising aroma and looks good too. It’s a great herb to add to soups in winter. You can also use it to flavour roasts as well as salads. You can grow this herb indoors, just make sure that it has lots of sunshine. Thyme is used in herbal remedies for respiratory issues.
2. Choose the right location
Don’t have a garden? There’s no need to give up your dream of growing your own herbs. All you need are a few pots and you’ll be good to go. That being said, you’ll still need to put some thought into where you place the pots even if you’re growing herbs indoors. Make sure that you choose a sunny spot so that your herbs can thrive. If you have a garden, you’ll need to pick a sheltered area to grow your herbs in. The ground should be level with enough drainage. You could even plant your herbs with vegetable and flowers as companion plants. Choosing a spot near your kitchen is advantageous as it will ensure that your herbs are easy to access when you’re cooking a meal.
3. Get the right equipment
Planting your herbs is easy if you have the right gardening equipment. You’ll need the following to get started:
- Watering can
- Hand trowel
- Herbs of your choice
4. Proper preparation
Preparing the ground before you plant your herbs lays a good foundation for your garden. Dig 30cm into the soil and mix in compost. Rake the soil so it’s level and water it. Let the soil settle overnight before planting your herbs. Make sure that the drainage is good as this is a requirement most herbs need to thrive. If you’re planting your herbs in pots, ensure that the containers are deep enough and that they provide enough drainage. You’ll need potting soil and good quality compost for the pots.
It’s helpful to plan how you’re going to set out the herbs before you start planting. Read the instructions for each variety to ensure that you leave adequate space between each plant. Once you’ve planted the herbs, firm the soil around them. Provide them with plenty of water during the sensitive period after they’ve been planted.
6. Proper Maintenance
Harvesting your herbs encourages healthy growth. Picking them straight away in the morning yields the best results. If you’ve planted your herbs in pots, you’ll need to ensure that they get enough water and nutrients.
Bonus Tip: Make sure that you label the herbs in your garden or in your pots so that it’s easy to see what you’ve planted.
Now that you know how to grow herbs successfully, you can find the right gardening equipment for sale on Junk Mail. With your own herb garden, you’ll benefit from all the nutrients these plants have to offer.