Finding the Perfect Growing Conditions
It is imperative that your herbs grow in the right environment and you need to know what growing conditions will allow for the growth of the herbs easily and without much loss. Different herbs will obviously have a difference in the perfect conditions that they need for their growth. Despite this fact, there are ideal conditions that all herbs require in order to grow without a lot of problems. The ideal conditions for the growth of herbs include sunny and sheltered locations with well drain soil as well as the availability of adequate water. it is however not common that all of these conditions will be exactly where you need them and sometimes you can have good quality soil and too much sunlight, or enough sunlight and not so good quality soil. In this case, it is up to you to ensure that the quality of the soil is changed.
For instance, if your garden is made up of heavy clay soil, then you can make the soil quality better by incorporating some coarse grit to make the clay soil less absorbent as well as incorporating some compost manure or recycled green waste to improve on the drainage of the clay soil. Another important factor to take into consideration would be the soil PH which should be neutral to alkaline because although there are herbs that can be able to tolerate slightly acidic soil, not many can. If your soil is too acidic, it is advisable to add lime during the preparation of the soil.
Growing your Herbs Outside
When making plans to incorporate your herb garden ideas into your planting, you will obviously consider the option of whether or not you are going to plant their herbs indoors or outdoors. The decision for you may be made purely based on the space that you have. If you have an herb garden, then it makes it easy for you to make the decision to grow the herds outside. Herbs can be grown in your vegetable plot or even amongst the flowers that you grow in your garden. Because herbs can be appealing to look at and this means that they can have an aesthetic value to your garden.
The best kinds of herbs to grow outdoors are biennial and annual herbs whose seeds can be sown in March or August. These include Parsley, Dill, Coriander and Chamomile. In order to ensure that there will be a continued supply of the fresh herb leaves, it is important that the seeds are sown at intervals of three to four weeks. The advantage of growing the herbs outdoors is that you find it easy to grow herbs that are hard to transplant and have to be grown directly from the seeds.
When it is cold, however you can plant the seeds in seed trays until they germinate and then transfer them to the garden at a later date when the weather is warm. If you are going to incorporate this plan into your herb garden ideas, it is important that you read the instructions on the seed packet before planting so as to ensure that you are doing it correctly.
Growing Herbs Indoors
Many people are increasingly opting to plant herbs indoors in pots and containers as opposed to outside in the garden. This can be a very good idea if you have limited space and still want to have a fresh herb supply throughout the year. The process of growing the herbs in pots or containers is basically the same as the growing them outdoors except for the fact that you will have to be extra vigilant to ensure that your plants are grown in the right size pot and that they get enough water to grow.
The advantage of growing herbs indoors is that the weather conditions don not play a major role in whether or not you get to enjoy fresh herbs all year around. Annual herbs that are grown indoors have an extended season meaning that you get to continue to have fresh herbs all year around.