How to Build the Perfect Herb Garden in 3 Easy Steps

BY Aug, 18 2015
Category: Home And Garden
Reading Time: 2 minutes
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Ned Stevens has great tips on starting your herb garden.

Tired of baking the same old bland chicken breast? Maybe all it needs is a little seasoning! With a pinch of panache and a dash of diligence, you can grow your own herbs and take that tasteless chicken to a whole new level of mouth-watering deliciousness.

Since growing your own herbs can be a daunting task, we’ve decided to dedicate an entire blog post to help get you started. Follow these three easy steps to better eating!

Start Easy
If gardening does not come naturally, starting easy is the most important step in building your herb garden. Using seedlings instead of seeds can cut down on costs and frustration because someone else has started the growing process, leaving you to enjoy your favorite herbs faster.  Basil is a great place to start since it’s commonly sold as a seedling and can add a little flavor to any dish.

Replant with Nutrient Dense Soil
Another way to guarantee success is to replant your herbs in fertile soil. Don’t make the mistake of thinking any pile of dirt in your backyard will work. Tired, dried-out soil will turn gray. This type of soil lacks the key nutrients needed to let your herb garden flourish.

Potting soil mixed with homemade compost is the easiest way to develop an organic herb garden. Eggshells, orange peels and coffee grounds are a few household items you can use to create nutrient-dense soil. Simply mix your compost with the potting soil, replant your herbs in it, water and watch them grow.

Know When and Where to Cut
Cutting your herbs too early and in the wrong place can kill your plants. The key is to cut right above the growing leaves. Avoid cutting the stems, as this prevents new leaves from growing.

Knowing when to cut is just as important as knowing where to cut. For the most flavorful herbs, cut as soon as the leaves look full of life and bright with color. Waiting too long will leave you with flowering buds on the plants, and buds are a sign that your herbs will be bitter and not as flavorful.

If you’re ready to spice up your life and your meals, herbs are the best way to go. We all have our favorites, so go ahead and share your favorite herb recipes.

Which herbs are you looking forward to growing? Leave us a comment below!

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