The Benefits of Having an Herb Garden
Today there are several benefits to growing and maintaining your own organic herb garden. Herbs can be used for cooking, medicine, and as aromatherapy. While these herbs can be bought, it is more practical and easy on your wallet if you were to plant and grow them yourself. This post will outline the basics and benefits of having your own herb garden.
Taking care of the garden is simple. The herbs require little sunshine and some water. It is best to plant them in the ground as they are able to grow freely and mature properly. They can be grown in pots but will not thrive well without plenty of room for roots to stretch. Using a garden fork will help separate the soil allow for additional room in the ground. The best time for germination is during winter and early spring. Be sure that if you choose to plant during the summer, that the herbs will not be in direct sunlight in locations where temperatures can reach over ninety degrees.
There are a variety of herbs that can be used for multiple purposes. Most commonly, herbs are used as ingredients in several dishes. The most common herbs used for cooking include rosemary, parsley, thyme, basil, sage and even mint. You can use these herbs to flavor just about anything and they are much healthier alternative than salt and pre-packaged spices.
Herbs are also popular for having aromatherapy benefits. Lavender, sage, rosemary and lemongrass are easy to grow in your personal garden. These herbs are known for promoting relaxation and can help with mental clarity. They can also be used medicinally when put them into oils and creams that help pain relief.
It is best to harvest your herbs when they have reached at least six feet tall in height, while removing only about a third of the plants branches. Herbs can be used freshly or dried to make your own seasoning. Drying herbs will leave for longer supply and more availability. At the end of the day, if you have ever considered growing food and are intimidated by produce, start with an organic herb garden and watch your garden expand!