Herb gardens are often structured formally and symmetrically. If you are looking at backyard garden plans. Planning an herb garden do not be afraid of pictures you have probably come across. Herbs are easy to grow; many need minimal maintenance unless you really want the perfect and precise lines of a formal herb garden. Remember the point of an herb garden is not to have you rushing out with a pair of scissors to cut down something that has become wayward, but for you to have fresh herbs to cook with. You can go with a geometric shape, divide it into sections for each type of herb you want and grow them, without worrying about the formal look.
Reasons for growing an backyard herb garden
Most often people that decide to grow an herb garden as part of their backyard garden plans do so to use fresh herbs in cooking. But you can also use herbs to make dyes, creams, and potpourri. There are many to choose from with varying tastes, and medicinal properties and smells. You do not have to have a separate herb garden though to grow herbs. You can grow them with your flowers or your vegetables if space is an issue. Some combinations of herbs and vegetables grow very well together in fact.
It is also interesting and useful to know that some herbs like sage or lavender, discourage animals like rabbits or deer from coming to feast in your garden. However if you are going to be using them a lot, having then separate and close to the kitchen makes harvesting them a lot easier – need some chives for your sauce just pop out with a pair of scissors. An herb garden rather than herb pots will give you an amount that you can use regularly too, whereas if you have some pots on the window sill, this will only be enough for occasional use.
There are so many different herbs that to give some set rules on how to grow them would not be accurate for all of them. When you are deciding what ones to grow look at their individual needs and try to have herbs that suit you. Do not plant basil if you do not like it, and plant what you can look after. There are some that prefer shaded areas, some that prefer direct sunlight, some are annual, some needs lots of watering and care, some do not. As a rough guide here are some tips on growing an herb garden.
A great tip to consider in regards to gardening is the fact that soil is your number one way to protect your plants. This is important because with healthy soil, you will have healthier plants that can better resist disease and damage from insects. Fertilize your soil and keep it watered correctly.
Sunlight is needed.
Trim and harvesting regularly to have full and stronger herbs.
Good drainage to prevent rot.
When you buy young bare-root trees, keep the root ball moist until your are ready to plant. If the roots dry out, the tree will weaken or die. You should plant the tree as soon as you bring it home. If you cannot, lay the tree on its side and cover the roots with moist peat moss, then cover the roots with a tarp.
Do not over fertilize them or grow in soil that is too rich, though that does not mean they do not need any nutrients at all.
Do not plant too closely or overcrowd an area.
If you go with the structured garden such as the four square herb garden or knot garden it requires a lot of maintenance.
Grow sweet basil easily. Basil is an annual herb, and very sensitive to cold, so try growing it in a pot in a sunny kitchen window. Continuous harvesting of the plant encourages growth so be sure to pick the top leaves constantly. It can be grown in the garden, but beware of lower night-time temperatures as this will cause the entire plant to wilt or even die.
If you have the room, grow more than you can use and cut and dry for use in the winter.
Have paths of brick or stone in a formal herb garden. Some gardeners use themes such as color, scent or growing variations of the same herb.
Herbs attract beneficial insects to your garden so you may want to plant some among the rest of the garden as well or instead of making an herb garden separately.