Fresh herbs are wonderful in recipes, make colorful garnishes, and add flavor to refreshing cocktails. Parsley, rosemary, thyme, chives, lavender, basil, spearmint, lemongrass, and so many other wonderful fragrant herbs can beautifully grow in your very own backyard. Here are some tips for creating an herb garden that will make you the envy of the neighborhood. It’s as easy as 1 – 2 – 3!
Select a Spot or a Pretty Pot
First, decide whether you will plant your herbs in the ground or in pretty pots. Make sure you select a spot that is sunny most of the day. Herbs will grow much better if they have plenty of direct sunshine. Select a spot that is nearby the kitchen so you can enjoy their beauty and conveniently snip and add to your recipes.
Plenty of Space to Grow
Herbs love space to thrive and grow. If you plant your herbs in the ground, use in rich, well-draining soil. Add nutrient-rich potting soil, for better results. Plant them between 10 to 12 inches apart. Plant the herb to the same depth as the original container and gently pat the soil around the herbs and water well. Keep in mind that some herbs like chives and mint require more watering than rosemary and thyme. If you plant your herbs in pots, combine those that require the same amounts of water together.
Snip and Enjoy Regularly
Herbs are meant to enjoy so snip them regularly. They will actually thrive and grow thicker when harvested. For best results, snip in the morning, clipping no more than one-third of the plant. Herbs are tastier before they flower, so pinch off the flower buds, for example on chives and basil.
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