Nothing brings a dish more delight than fresh herbs plucked from the garden, and there are so many varieties you can grow. But with all those options, how do you select your garden herbs? If you want to start out smaller, our suggestion is to go with the ones that you would like to add to your dishes and add more later.
Herbs take little and give more:
Herbs are not very picky either because, once they are established in a sunny or semi-shady spot of your garden, they require very little water. They are pest and disease resistant, which makes them the ultimate low maintenance plants. Herbs are the plants that continue to give back because, when it comes to harvesting them, all you do is pick or cut away the amount that you need for that particular dish. Even after massive harvesting, the plant continues to grow just fine, and that’s a great value.
Where can you grow herbs?
Herbs are also not picky about the amount of space they are planted into. For most herbs such as Basil, Chives, Dill and even Mint you only need one or two plants of each type. Herbs also do fantastic in containers and window boxes. You can put them in the pathway between the garden stones, or out in a garden because they add ornamental value to the garden. You can have them all around the house or even outside the kitchen door for easy, quick harvest. It’s always a good idea to have a permanent herb corner in your garden.
Annuals and perennial herbs:
Almost all herbs can be sown directly in late monsoon or early winter. Many herbs like Basil, Dill, and Parsley are annuals, so they just live for one season. But what gardeners don’t realize is that there are plenty of herbs that come back year after year known as perennial herbs.
Herbs like Thyme, Lavender, Rosemary, Oregano, and Chives are perennials. Like all perennials, these special herbs can be planted in late monsoon or early winter. It’s important to understand that since they are perennial, they should be given a home where they won’t be disturbed from one season to the next. Perennial herbs are best put in a garden as pre-started plants, this way the roots will establish quickly and will be ready for harvest in no time.
A mixed herb container:
You don’t need a big garden to grow kitchen herbs. You can quickly grow herbs in a container on your window, balcony or terrace. Most herbs require 4 hours or more of direct sunlight each day. For soil, make sure you use potting soil mix or organic veggie mix. Never use soil from the garden or landscape for a herb container. You can use containers of different sizes in groupings to create your personalized designer look. Give each type of herb its area in the pot. All of the herb seeds can be planted 0.5 cm deep.
You may want to snip off overcrowded seedlings for better spacing within a container. Herbs will be ready to harvest within a month or two.
Harvesting tip: Never harvest more than 30% of the total foliage of any plant at one go.