How To Start Your Own Urban Herb Garden For Beginners
If you’re bored this summer and want to try something new, starting your a herb garden might be for you. Starting your own urban herb garden is an exciting endeavor. Also, having your own urban herb garden means you have your own personal stash of fresh herbs to make your dishes extra special. Here’s 8 Steps so you can start your own urban herb garden!
1 Do Your Research
There’s so many books and websites that can give you information on how to be a successful urban gardener. The first step is to be knowledgeable on how to take care of plants and which plants to take care of are best for beginners.
2 Choose a Good Location
Most people put their herb gardens near the kitchen, so they can instantly use the herbs for their next dish. If you’re putting it by the kitchen, make sure that it’s far from your stove because this can burn your herbs and don’t place the herbs near food or plates because the soil might contaminate them. Also, do not leave your herbs under direct sunlight as this may leave the soil too dry for the herbs.
3 Pick a Pot
You can’t just pick any planter pot out there that will make your herb IG-worthy. Pick a pot that will have enough space for your herb’s roots to grow well. Also, the pot should have enough drainage.
4 Go Soil and Seed Shopping
You can’t just use any soil for your herb garden. After all, you will be consuming the herbs that will be growing from that soil. Ask your local plant supplier for the best soil to use. While you’re in the plant shop, ask for which seeds are ideal for beginner herb planters. You can actually buy herbs that are already sprouted so you get an easy head start, because planting seeds and making them grow ais a hard process.
5 Plant and Be Patient
Now that you have all the materials ready, it’s time to plant your own herb garden. If you really want to start from scratch with seeds in the soil, remember that it takes time and a lot of care to care for your own herbs. So don’t pressure them to grow.
6 Watering Needs
Watering depends on what herb you’re planting. Some herbs are more needy than others, while others don’t need a lot. Research on how much water your selected herb requires, the last thing you want is to drown your herbs.
7 Use Organic Fertilizer
While water will be fine, you can give your herbs some extra love by giving it some organic fertilizer. Ask your local plant supplier, wherever you purchased the seeds or seedlings, for some. If you’re on a budget, you can actually add some used coffee grounds as fertilizer
8 Watch Out for Pests
Nothing can be worse than growing herbs and having something else benefit from the seed that you sowed. Avoid chemical-based pest sprays. Instead, you can grow other plants and herbs near your urban herb garden that can help repel pests. You can grow basil, lemongrass, mint, or rosemary, these can help you repel pests and being life to your other dishes!
Written by Patricia Herbolario | Art by Reann Erilla | Watercolor Herbs by Cindy Nugit