by Karen Bates
(last updated November 17, 2014)
Have you ever been preparing a recipe and wished that you had fresh herbs on hand to make it taste even better? The idea of growing an herb garden can seem too time-consuming to a lot of people, and the extra work just might not seem like it will be worthwhile. It's true, however, that fresh herbs right from the garden are superior to the dried kind you can buy at the store, and growing most herbs yourself actually isn't all that difficult with a little bit of preparation.
Herb gardens are a great way to ensure that you have fresh herbs available for use whenever you need them. Depending on your circumstances, you might prefer either an indoor or outdoor garden, but first of all you must consider which seeds you will need to get started on the right track.
Herb garden seeds can be found at many stores in small packets. Although you can choose to use a plant that has already been started, it is quite satisfying to grow your herb garden from seeds. Begin by choosing the herb seeds you wish to grow. Consider your climate when making this decision for the best results, since some plants can't survive in certain weather. There are various kinds of herbs that you can plant, and if you don't decide beforehand which you want to grow you may be overwhelmed when looking your choices over at the store. Basil, dill, oregano, parsley, and thyme are just a few favorite herb seed possibilities. Think about the recipes you cook often, and plant herb seeds accordingly to get the flavors you want.
Once you have your seeds, you will need to sprinkle them onto damp soil and cover them to help retain moisture. Follow the seed package directions to ensure you plant and care for the seeds correctly. You may even find an herb garden kit what will contain the different important components of a successful herb garden. This can be a great way for beginners to get started. Some herb plants are started in pots indoors, then transplanted outside to the garden when they are big enough and the weather is right. You may, however, prefer to keep your plants indoors permanently.
After your herb seeds start growing, be sure to give them the proper care. Water and weed the garden soil on a regular basis to make sure your plants remain healthy. It will be worth your efforts when you have fresh herbs to enjoy right from your garden.
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