Herbs

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In the culinary world, using herbs properly to spice and flavor that perfect dish is what sets good food from AMAZING food. And while you can buy just about any herb and/or spice you can think of from your local grocery store, some may be growing some green hands and want to know how to grow your very own herb garden right in your very own home.

If that’s you then you’re in luck because today we’ll cover how YOU can grow you own herb garden in just 5 easy steps. Let’s dive in…

Step 1: Buy your planter

Herb planters come in a variety of designs, sizes and styles depending on the space you have available. If you have a patio garden or wish to plant your herbs in a raised bed then investing in a versatile herb planter is your best bet.

Raised planters are great for if you have back problems or if you have pets which are prone to digging up your garden beds too!

Step 2: Prepare your bed

Although most seeds will thrive in the majority of soil types, for maximum results use a combination of garden top soil and multi-purpose enriched compost which is full of nutrients to help your herbs grown strong and tasty.

If possible, double check the planter is well drained so you don’t over-water your herb garden.

If you are growing your herb garden indoors instead (i.e. on your window sill) then a similar portion of soil to compost is appropriate.

Handful of HerbsStep 3: Plant your herbs

Scattering your seeds is the best method of planting them. Don’t worry about not spreading them easily; just grab a handful and sprinkle as you wish. However, if you are growing multiple herbs in the same planter try to keep each herb separate from one another as opposed to sprinkling 5 different herb seeds all over your container.

Step 4: Look after them

To get the best from your seeds, make sure your planter is placed in a warm, wind-sheltered and sunny corner of your garden or patio.

In dry weather, water them regularly or you can have an automatic irrigation system installed which hydrates your plants when they need it most and when you’re away on holiday.

Keep an eye on pesky weeds which could be taking up valuable water, space and nutrients in your herb garden too – check your planter about once per week or fortnight to keep your garden weed-free.

Log PlanterStep 5: Reap your harvest!

Congratulations, your herb garden is in full bloom!

Invite your friends round to show off your DIY herb garden or host a dinner party and season your tasty food using your freshly home-grown basils, sages and thymes!

If you happen to grow ‘too many herbs’ – don’t worry this can happen – you can freeze them and lock in the fresh flavors until you need them later in the year.