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Herbs Gardening For Beginners

Herbs are plants which usually of not always bear flowers. They are often used for cooking or medicinal remedies. Herbs have been around for centuries and they were the first form of medicine to animals and people. Due to the usefulness and, sometimes, beauty of herbs people have started herbs gardening.

Which Herb to Plant

One thing to consider before you start your very own garden is the sort of herbs you wish to plant. Some people see herbs gardening as a way for them to produce their own herbs and use them in their everyday cooking or as medicinal remedies. The idea of herbs gardening may have appeal to others because some herbs are aesthetically beautiful. If you wish to just have a beautiful herb garden then choose the herbs which bear the prettier flowers and more flamboyant leaves or pods. On the other hand, if you choose to consume the herbs that you will grow, then chose the herbs which you use the most in you cooking or medicinal purpose.

Another thing to consider is the weather when you plant your herbs. There are some herbs that do not fare too well in the cold weather or the wet weather. Another thing to consider for herbs gardening in the outdoors is the sol in which you will make your garden and the drainage possibilities. Most herbs prefer soil that is not too wet most of the time.

Planting Your Herbs

Most seeds are not sown directly in the soil; they are first cultivated in shallow containers and then transplanted when the proper time comes. The proper times to transplant seedling into the outdoor garden is when the seedlings already have at least two sets of leaves. Some herbs can be planted directly into the outdoor garden soil. As with those that are initially planted in containers, they are supposed to be sown cultivated soil and then covered lightly with extra soil. Some seeds are even left uncovered. There are many things to remember in herbs gardening pertaining to the different herbs available for planting.

Harvesting Your Herbs

Herbs are usually ready for harvest when the plant looks like it can stand having a few leaves taken from it. It is best to harvest before the sun is too hot as this will dry the harvested leaves too fast and leave them with les flavor. Some people often pinch off flowers to conserve the plants energies into producing more leaves for more herbs. It is best to wash herbs in cold water to protect their flavor.


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Gardening Tip #6

Overwatering kills most houseplants. Looks can be deceptive, so to see if your soil is dry enough to water, try the finger test. Insert your index finger up to the first joint into the soil. If the soil is damp, don't water it.