Culinary Herb Gardening for Beginners By Wenona Napolitano
With the growing popularity of fresh herbs being used in recipes more people are planting their own herbs. Fresh herbs can be costly and sometimes hard to find. If you enjoy cooking a fresh herb garden is almost a necessity. A culinary herb garden does not have to be planted in a complicated design nor do you need a lot of space to plant a simple herb garden.
Herbs are very versatile and can be planted almost anywhere. You can plant them along pathways, in rock gardens, on terraces, in among vegetable beds or your other plants or they can be planted in containers. Most herbs require full sunlight though a few such as mints and lemon balm do best in shade. Most herbs prefer well drained soil with a neutral pH.
Very little planning is needed for designing a basic culinary herb garden. Prepare your spot, clear the area, and add organic matter to your soil such as compost or peat moss. Break up any clumps of soil by raking over it. You can start herbs in your garden by directly planting seeds, though this needs to be done early in the season. It is easier to buy starter plants and transplant them into your garden. After planting your herbs, spread mulch around each plant to keep the plants clean. After planting your herbs do not over water or over fertilize.