Herb Garden / The Comeback kid by: Glenn Mast
If you are looking for an inexpensive way to try out your green thumb, you may want to try growing an herb garden.
Herb gardens actually trace back to medieval times when monasteries and nunneries would use them to grow needed medicinal herbs and as time went on they were also used for culinary and decorative purposes.
Now herb gardens are making a comeback and many people are beginning to try their hand at growing these simple gardens.
Why Have an Herb Garden?
There are a variety of great reasons to have an herb garden including medicinal uses, culinary uses and decoration. For years, various herbs that have been found to improve the health of the body as well as the health of the mind!
Growing herbs is much cheaper than purchasing them at your local supplement or nature store, so you can save money by having an herb garden.
Herbs are used for culinary purposes make great additions to a variety of foods and enhance the taste without adding unneeded salt.
Herb gardens have long been used as decorative gardens and if you are just getting started at gardening, an herb garden can be a simple place to start.
Where to Plant an Herb Garden
If you want to plant an herb garden, you can either plant it in pots or planters or make a garden plot in your yard or garden.
If you decide to grow in pots outdoors or inside, there are a few things to remember.
You need to be sure that your herbs are in a place where they get plenty of sunlight each day. Be sure to pick a place that gets sun for at least 6-7 hours each day.
Also make sure that the soil is good and if not, adding organic materials makes the soil more productive. Water is also essential to your herb garden, whether it gets rain outside or you are watering it inside.
10 Herbs to Grow in Containers
There are many kinds of herbs to choose from for your herb garden. It is best to choose those that can be arranged together. Here are some of them that should be in your top 10 consideration.
1. Silver Plants
Most herb growers would choose according to a color scheme. The herb containers can have an arrangement according to the hue of the plants.
There are herbs that give out silvery hues. They are best for creating an elegant look in the corner of your house and perfect for a garden to be enjoyed in the evening.
You can use Artemisia’s, curry plants and Cantilenas.
2. Golden Herbs
There are also golden herbs that can add a bright attitude in your mornings. They are perfect for days when the sun shine greets you inside the house.
Your golden garden can have lemon thyme, calendula, nasturtium and even the variegated sage and lemon balm.
3. Blue Garden
If your favorite color is blue, then you can have your indoor herb garden in all blue also. Choose or combine borage, hyssop, rosemary and catmint for that blue collection.
4. Italian Choices
People who love anything Italian can make use of the Italian selection.
Sweet basil, oregano, marjoram, thyme and the Italian parsley can perfectly grow together and respond to your Italian needs anytime.
5. Salad Bar
To vegetarians out there or people who simply enjoy salads, planting herbs like garlic chives, salad burnet, celery and rocket will be a good choice. You need not go to the market to enjoy a bowl of salad.
6. Go French
People who enjoy French cooking can also tend tarragon, parsley, sage and chervil.
7. Enjoy the Scent
Some households can make use of a lovely scent to set the mood. Lavender, lemon thyme, pineapple sage and the rose scented geranium are some of the perfect choices for a pleasant garden.
8. Insect Repellent
You can also grow herbs in your container that can function as insect repellents. This is especially useful for a household with kids.
9. Culinary Herbs
It is also nice to grow and tend culinary herbs inside your house. It is like having your own kitchen needs at hand anytime you want them.
Some of these culinary herbs that can be grown in containers are rosemary, mint, chives, or sage.
These are good seasoning for most of your cooking. The lemon balm is also perfect for your barbecue afternoons.
10. Loner Herbs
There are herbs that have to be kept and maintained in their own containers. They tend to overpower other herbs if they are put in a group.
Oreganos, lemon balm or bee balm and even mints are herbs that must be on their own or else they will overtake all the plants in your indoor garden.
Author Resource: Glenn Mast is a successful business owner of a couple websites that offer Amish Handcrafted Products. His sites offer products and information about Amish Made Products & decor for your home, lawn or garden.