Most herbs are easy to grow and will perform quite well with very little attention. The success of growing herbs really relies on light, water and the soil condition. Most herbs love the sun and require at least six or more hours of light per day. Given the right amount of light allows for vigorous growth, a better harvest and an ample amount of seeds if you’re a seed collector.
Well drained soil is extremely important when growing herbs. If the soil doesn’t drain well, try working in other soil amendments such as compost, soil conditioner or peat moss, along with your existing soil. Herbs that sit in wet soil will certainly struggle and eventually give way to root decay. However, if you aren’t able to work your garden accordingly or are limited on space you can always grow herbs in containers or build raised beds.
As I interact with customers in the store, I’m finding that more people today are building raised bed gardens and are having great success doing so. Raised beds are a great way to garden and they also make it easier for kids to garden, as well. A lot of grade schools are building raised beds to introduce kids to gardening and teaching them the basic skills needed to be successful.
Raised bed gardens allow you the opportunity to custom blend your own soil mix. Having the ability to blend your own soil mix is extremely important. Today, there are better and more choices when it comes to selecting soil. If you want top quality soils for your raised beds or containers look for Ferti-lome’s Natural Guard Garden Soil, Fox Farm’s Ocean Forest or Happy Frog soil and Black Gold’s Organic Potting soil.
These soils are a perfect solution for raised vegetable, herbs and flower beds. If certified organic soil is important to you, look for the OMRI certification. It stands for the “Organic Material Review Institute”. They verify products are accurately labeled as being organic and are free of pesticides, insecticides etc.
Join us Saturday on In and Around the House as we’ll discuss herbs, raised beds and container gardening. While doing so, we’re going to tie in the culinary side of herbs along with things you can do on the grill.