A Home Herb Garden in Your Backyard

A home herb garden grown right in your own backyard can be a source of immediate relief in times of medical contingency. I will outline how you can cultivate your own herb garden at home. Are you ready? Okay, let’s start the ball rolling.

Let’s first discuss how to cultivate a home herb garden outside your home. You can put up your garden either in the backyard or in the front yard; the location would entirely depend on you. Of course, you must also consider how many herbs you are going to plant.

A typical kitchen garden measures 20 by 4 feet. This is the kind of herb garden that cook Jamie Oliver uses in his TV shows. Here, the ideal plot is around 12×18 inches in area. It also helps that you separate the seasonal herbs from the perennial ones.

When you are planting herbs or any plant, you should consider if the area can provide ample drainage. Your home herb garden must neither be too wet or too dry. A garden that is too wet will drown your herbs. Obviously, you know what will happen to a dry garden.

Here’s a tip to improve the drainage of your garden at home. Remove the soil to a depth of 18 inches and on its place, put a 3-inch layer of crushed stone then mix in with compost. Then refill with the excavated soil.

Once your garden grows a little bit thick you must trim the branches. Some herbs only need to have their branches divided, others require some careful cutting. Lavender is a plant that needs cutting, while mint is a good example of a herb which is merely divided.

Just like people, herbs also need winter protection. If you don’t want your herbs to wither and die during this period, then follow this useful tip: Cover your beloved herbs with oak leaves, straw and evergreen boughs so they won’t heave during storms.

These are the basic things that you would need to know about herb gardening in the confines of your own castle. Growing your own herb garden is ideal as it helps enhance your cooking skills, is healthy, and will save you money in the long run. Isn’t that cool? Now that you know just how much your herbs can give you, there’s no reason for you not to start your newfound hobby and enjoy your daily activities such as cultivating, watering them daily, talking to them and waiting for them to grow every day. The excitement is never ending and once you’ve started it, you will be surely be satisfied with the efforts you have contributed in making your indoor or outdoor home herb garden grow!