Creating Herb Gardens Outdoors
There are lots of benefits to growing herbs outdoors. They can create a wonderful aroma when all the different smells mix together and catch your nose as you walk past; they give you an instant and ongoing source of fresh herbs to use whenever you need them; and they are also relatively easy to grow.
But if garden of herbs is your goal, you will need to decide whether you want one indoors or outdoors. Indoor ones are good, but if you have a reasonable size garden then having a plot for herbs outdoors can be your most versatile choice.
How to Begin?
The best place to start is by having a look round to see where such a garden could be created. If space is in short supply, why not have more than one and make each individual one smaller? You can even use window boxes to grow herbs right outside your kitchen window.
This is ideal and has the advantage of not only being close to the place where you do all your cooking, but it gives you a wonderful aroma every time you open your kitchen window.
You can create an herb garden in a regular flower bed, but you should be aware that some herbs can spread further than others, and are more aggressive as a result.
For example, mint is particularly invasive and should always be planted away from any other plants which it could end up taking over.
For this reason, if you want to put it in a bed, make sure you plant it inside a pot and sink the pot into the ground first. This will prevent it from strangling other plants and keep it contained within its own small area.
Choosing Your Herbs
There are a wide variety of choices when it comes to herbs that your garden is going to contain. Do some research to see which herbs you tend to like and which ones are the most versatile.
Parsley is a good staple item to have in your garden, as are chives and mint. While all herbs tend to be much the same shade of green, they all have their own shape so it’s good to choose a mixture that looks good when they grow together.
Chives are tall and straight so they are good to position right at the back. With practice you will be able to grow herb gardens that look as well as taste fantastic.