Surprisingly, herbs aren't just for eating since you can also use them as decoration in your landscaping. One of the easiest types of herbs that you can use in your landscaping design is Lamb's Ear. In fact, you will be surprised at how easy planting Lamb's Ear is, as well as how simple it is to take care of this plant. To give you an idea of just how simple, in the countries of Turkey, Armenia, and Iran (which this plant is native to) Lamb's Ear thrives so well that it is often considered a weed. Planting one is simple, as long as you follow these simple guidelines.
- Plant when the time is right. When planting Lamb's Ear, it is important to make sure that you are choosing the right season to begin in. While you can always add a plant to your garden or landscape design, the best time to plant your Lamb's Ear is in the early spring. Ideally, you will plant this about two weeks after the last frost of the season.
- Prepare the area. Clean the area that you will be planting the Lamb's Ear in by using a shovel and hoe. Make sure that you remove all the weeds, grasses, and roots that you may find. In fact, you may find it easier to simply dig up the first four or five inches of soil from the area that you will be using for your plants. Place this soil into a wheelbarrow for later use.
- Prepare some planting soil. In the wheelbarrow with the soil that you removed, mix some peat moss, sand, and time release fertilizer. Simply add some of each, and mix, until you have something that looks roughly like potting soil. This mixture will help not only ensure that the plants receive the nutrients that they need for the next few years, but that there is plenty of drainage as well.
- Plant the plant. Lay roughly half of the soil back down where you removed it. In this first layer, go ahead and plant your seeds. Make sure that they are spaced out, but feel free to spread them around like you would grass seeds. Once you have done that, go ahead and spread the remaining amount of mixed soil over the seeds. To make sure that you have evenly distributed the soil, use a rake to spread the soil around.
- Mulch and water. Use your rake again, and spread a one inch thick layer of mulch over the area you just planted. This layer of mulch will not only help protect the newly planted Lamb's Ear from weeds, but will also help ensure that they retain enough moisture to grow properly. Water your newly planted area lightly once every three days. Be careful that you do not overwater, since this can damage the plant.
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