There’s nothing quite like adding fresh herbs to your homemade dishes to add incredible flavour. But herbs can be expensive to buy fresh — and hard to use up before they go bad. Growing herbs at home is easy, fun, inexpensive, and doesn’t take up too much room — so isn’t it time you started producing your own? Here’s how to grow your own herbs:
Choose Your Container(s)
You can really choose any container or build box for your herbs — but they must have adequate drainage so you don’t drown your herbs. Herbs don’t tend to grow roots as long as vegetables and other plants so they can thrive in small containers — even for long periods. Have some fun and pick out — or build — an herb box or some fun herb pots to for your deck.
Even if you have a large yard, it’s a good idea to grow your herbs in containers or herb boxes. This makes care simple and access easy whenever you need to snip a few leaves for a dish.
Figure Out What Herbs You Want to Plant
Choose herbs you and your family enjoy using. They’ll grow and replenish rapidly, so don’t feel like you need to plant a lot of one type at once.
You can grow as many types of herbs as you want in one herb box — as long as they have the same growing requirements. Some herbs like hot and dry growing conditions, while others thrive in moisture. When you buy seeds or starter plants, this information will generally be on the package or container. If you’re still not sure, the experts at Capital Iron are here to help you with a proper planting plan.
Get Some Good Soil
When you’re planting herbs, you need to be cautious about what soil to use. You want a loose, well-draining soil, rather than ordinary gardening soil. And whatever you buy, make sure it’s pesticide-free. After all, you’re going to be eating the food that’s grown in this soil.
Fertilizer can be used — sparingly — but again, make sure it’s pesticide-free and follow the feeding instructions carefully. Most herbs don’t like being overfed.
Water Those Herbs!
Even herbs that like dryer growing conditions require regular watering, so watch your soil carefully. Stick your finger into the soil up to the first knuckle, and if the soil feels dry, it’s watering time!
As mentioned above, some herbs like water more than others, so take plenty of care with your moisture levels. And don’t rely on rainfall to water your herbs sufficiently. Rain will generally only moisten the leaves and not penetrate the soil enough to provide adequate moisture.
Keep using your herbs — or pinch back the extra leaves — regularly to keep them growing. Most herbs will continue to thrive as long as they’re nurtured based on their specific needs. Bring your herb box inside once the weather gets colder; a spot near a sunny window will allow your herbs to continue growing all winter.
Visit Capital Iron
If you have any questions about how to grow your own herbs, herb boxes, or anything else gardening, come visit the experts at Capital Iron. We’re proud to offer a vast selection of seeds and everything else you need to grow beautiful, fragrant herbs, veggies and more.