Spring is about here and for me that means it is planting time. I always start my herbs early indoors. An herb garden is a must for someone like me. I use a lot of herbs in my products so growing them makes sense . I try to plant what I will use in making my bath products to help cut down on my costs but I also plant herbs that I just like. There is also that satisfaction of growing your own herbs and having them fresh on hand when you want them. It sure doesn’t hurt that they look nice and can really give the yard have a very nice aroma. I like to grow a combination of herbs. I usually choose ones that I not only can use in my soaps and bath products but also ones I like to use in my cooking.
Perennial herbs will come back year after year. They are my ultimate favorites. You must be careful with them though as some of these herbs can spread and take over very quickly. Mint is one of these types of these herbs. Mint has many uses and it is a good thing because it only takes a small amount and you will quickly have more than you can handle. Catnip is another one of those herbs that will come back nicely. The kitties in the neighborhood might appreciate it. Others herbs I plant include sage, lemon balm, lemon verbena, oregano, chives and my all time favorite lavender. I have an extra lot attached to my property and don’t think for a minute I haven’t thought of filing it with lavender! I can’t say enough about my love of lavender.
Some perennials are like little bushes. Rosemary, basil and thyme are some of my top picks in this category. I like rosemary in my soaps and it is also great to cook with.
Some of the annual herbs that are used more for cooking are basil, dill and anise. These are great to cook with. My family is Italian and I learned to use lots of herbs and spices in my cooking. So, it is about time to get those herbs growing inside so you can take them outside soon. Starting them in the house in February or early Marchis a great way to get a job start on the season. Once the plaints are strong enough they can easlily be moved outside to your waiting garden.
You will find that herbs do best when they are in a spot that is mostly sunny. Good weed control helps herbs grow and thrive. So as much as I hate this part of gardening…..you must weed. Another good tip is don’t let them get to much water. Herbs don’t like to be too wet so make sure that you allow for good drainage. I like to go as natural as I can so I avoid using fertilizer if possible. If you have good dirt and enough compost your plants will do fine.
I have some herbs planted in raised beds and some just in borders along my garden. As long as you have a lot of sun and are willing to do a little work herbs are pretty easy to grow. I love to use them in my products because I know I grew them. I lespecially ove adding herbs to my soaps. They not only add to the look and feel of the soap but I would much rather use natural additives anytime I possibly can.
Herbs are a wonderful addition to any garden and can even be grown indoors in containers and on windowsills. If you have never tried your hand at herbs, please do. You will love the results!