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  Tricks and Tips for Herb Success  

Looking for a fresh way to save on herbs, to spruce up your meals and to glorify your garden? Why not add some herbs to your gardening mixture?
Types of Herbs for Herb Gardens

There are a variety of different herbs that are easy to grow at home and also helpful for everyday household cooking and ailment cures. Herbs, like plants, are usually classified into three different categories:

  • Perennials - live for several years. These include catnip, chives, lavender, lemon, mint, oregano, rosemary, sage, and thyme.

  • Annuals - grow for one season and must be planted each spring again. These include basil, chamomile, cilantro, cumin, dill, fennel plus many more.

  • Biennial - grows for two years and end at must be planted after the end of the second season. This includes parsley.

What is needed for Herb Growth?

The first thing you need for successful herb growth is moderately rich soil with excellent drainage. If you find that your soil does not have this, you might consider growing herbs in a raised bed or containers.

Next, you will need the perfect planting position. This all comes down to your needs. What will your herb garden be used for? If you plan of using the herbs for cooking purposes (and why wouldn't you), then consider planting your herb garden near the house, or at least within picking distance. You do not want to have to trample through flowers in order to reach the chives.

Herbs prefer the sun so it's important to also plant them somewhere where they will get sun for at least six hours a day. The herbs that can handle shade include chives, cilantro, dill, and mint; however, most other herbs are sun lovers.

Herb Garden Care

Most herb gardens are fairly easy to tend to. In fact, more herbs can live on about an inch of water per week. If your herbs are in a bed or a container, you will need to give them more water than this as they tend to dry out faster.

Another thing to always be on the lookout for are insects. Although the beautiful smells that herbs give off will usually repel any pests, they can still get attacked by insects such as aphids. A common herb disease is a powdery mildew which you should always be on the lookout for.

And finally, when it comes to herb garden care, make sure your kids know not to trample on your garden. More importantly, make sure your dog, cat or other pets know that the herb garden is off-limits for eating, digging, urinating and any other doggy behavior.

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