There are a lot of people who are interested in gardening, but for some the excitement is waning because they started to feel that is something overwhelming for them. If you have the space and time, then you can try growing some herbs. But there are also risks lurking in this activity which more than often go ignored. It is only proper to warn them so they could be cautious when taking the plunge.
The first thing you should be aware of is how hard it is to please every plant. We all have our own preferences and this means that we will have to make compromises in order to get the best out of these plants. Therefore, if you are planning on a mix of herbs, then it would be a good idea for some of them to help each other because this will help them grow bigger without competition. Because of these differences, you need to be careful when you plant them and make sure that they are not in direct competition.
Another thing to watch out for is the amount of sunlight that every plant needs. For example, some plants will need full sun while others will not. This calls for a lot of planning because if you have them planted together then it is highly possible that some would die because of lack of sun.
Which herb is easiest to grow?
There is a common belief that mints are the easiest ones to grow and this is not really true. There are some cases when mints will grow wild without any help. Weeds are also considered easy, but they also require a lot of attention to detail so you need to make sure that the weeds do not take over your herbs. Oregano, Rosemary, sage and thyme are also strongly believed to be easy to take care of.
Which herbs can be planted together?
This is where common sense comes in. You need to know which plants have the same needs and can help each other out. These are some of the herbs that can be planted together:
- Oregano, basil, rosemary and thyme
- Cilantro, parsley and thyme
- Parsley and dill
- Sage, mints and chives
These herbs should be planted together because they are not directly competing with one another for sunlight.
What herbs grow all year round?
Rosemary, thyme and sage are considered to be the most reliable since they grow all year round. It is very important that you keep an eye on them so that they do not die from lack of water. The soil should not dry out and should also be carefully watered when necessary. For some plants, it might take a while before they start growing, but once they are taking up water and nutrients well then you will know that the seed was good.
What herbs that keep growing?
You might not know this, but there are some herbs that grow more than others. Mints and parsley fall under this category because they will keep growing like weeds if you allow them to have enough sunlight. Oregano is also in this category, but it is advisable to cut the plants before they start flowering so you could get the most out of them.
When should you water your herbs?
It is good to water your herbs in the morning so they would not be soaking wet in the middle of the day. They should also be watered for the whole night.
When is the best time to harvest from your herbs?
You need to harvest your herbs at a certain time when they are in peak production season. Harvesting them too early will make them go bad. If they have already begun to flower then wait until they have finished blooming before you cut them so you could reap the most from this season.
The last thing that you need to know is how to prevent slugs and pests from destroying your herbs. There are a lot of natural ways that could help you with this problem, but it all comes down on you to stop them from damaging your plants. You can make sure that pests and slugs do not get in by putting your pots in the garage at night. You might also want to have a lot of mulch near the roots so they could not get in there as well. Even though the slugs and pests are attracted to the smell, they still have to get in there.
What herbs should not be planted together?
There are certain herbs that you shouldn’t plant together because they will have a very strong competition for sunlight. These include:
- Thyme and oregano
- Parsley and rosemary
- Basil and sage
The best way to prevent these problems is by buying these plants from a nursery so that you could ensure that they are not too old. If you bought them from the local supermarket then chances are, they will be older than the recommended time.
What herbs can be planted with basil?
Some herbs that can be planted with basil are:
Parsley, sage and rosemary
Thyme and basil
The reason why you can plant these herbs near one another is because both of them grow taller. These are the best herb combinations because they do not compete for light. The other herb, thyme, does not have to grow as tall as the others since it has the ability to spread out.
Can I plant supermarket herbs?
Yes. Some herbs that you might have bought from the supermarket are actually very healthy and can be planted together.
What herbs should I plant with parsley?
There are a lot of herbs that grow best near parsley, but here are some examples:
hemp, chives, mints, rosemary and thyme
The reason why these plants grow well near one another is because the nutrients they need for their growth are very similar.
What herbs will survive in winter?
There are some herbs that will be able to survive the winter in your garden. They are:
These herbs are known to be very hardy even in the harshest of winter conditions. Even when they are not protected by a greenhouse. It is possible for these plants to have their annual growth during winter because they do not require as much sunlight as before.
Do herbs regrow?
Yes. If you plant herbs correctly, they will begin to grow again after you cut them down. This means that the plants can continue to regrow even after you have harvested them from their base.
There are a lot of herbs that you can grow in your garden. The most important feature of each plant is to make sure that they are cared for properly so that they will be able to grow into beautiful plants. Make sure to take good care of them so that you can produce the best for your food and aromatherapy needs.
I hope this book was helpful and I have answered all of your questions about growing herbs at home.