Organic Herbs

By | March 11, 2014

Organic herbs are easy to grow and can provide a wide variety of benefits. Herbs can be used in the kitchen as a way to improve flavor of foods. They can be used as healing agents for injuries or maladies. Herbs can also be used as cosmetics. They also can provide wonderful aromas.

Growing herbs on your own is also quite easy. Cultivating a large garden or simply growing a few plants in containers inside your house can provide you with multiple benefits.

Planting Strategies

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There are a number of strategies for planting organic herbs in a garden. Some growers prefer a strategy of planting their herbs in a spiral formation, allowing the plants to grow side-by-side, mixing their different shapes, sizes, and aromas.

Planting strategies will also be dependent on your location and climate. Some herbs are quite hardy and grow well in many climates, but others aren’t so hardy and may need to grow in more hospitable and controlled climates inside a house or in a greenhouse.

Herbs and the Sun

Although some herbs can benefit from the strategy of inter-planting them, care must be taken with this strategy, because while some herbs thrive in full sun, others prosper in shade. Finding a way to make sure that ones that grow well in shade have the shade they need is important to helping those plants thrive.

Proper Soils for Herbs

A large majority of organic herbs grow best in well-drained soils, but most are also hardy enough to tolerate other soil conditions. The use of organic matter from composting is a way to improve the growing conditions for these herbs, too. Using commercial or home-grown fertilizers is another way to improve growing conditions for herbs and help them thrive. Most of these plants do not need a great deal of fertilizer, though, and do well on their own.

Using Containers to Grow Herbs

Many organic herbs grow well in containers. By using proper containers, providing them with enough water, and adjusting their position based on exposure to the sun, you can have herbs that thrive in containers.

Growers can use just about any container they want as long as it provides enough room for the plant to grow and allows for enough drainage. It is also so important to avoid containers that might have any toxic residue from past uses.

Care and deliberation should be taken when selecting herbs to be grown inside in containers. Because some herbs need more room to grow, it might be a better strategy to select smaller herb varieties to grow inside as they are easier to control and will prosper in contained conditions. Selecting slower growing herbs is also another good strategy as that will give you time to tend to them over their extended growing period.

Seasonal Care of Herbs

The two main things that herbs need to thrive in any condition are water and the removal of competing weeds. Using mulch can help you achieve these two goals as it can remove undesirable weeds and create a soil structure that provides conditions for good drainage and help the soil remain moist. Using three to four inches of mulch is generally the amount preferred with most herbs.

Simply growing organic herbs can be its own reward as it can be a hobby that allows you to nurture something and be rewarded as you watch it grow and thrive. Additionally getting the other benefits herbs such as having access to medicinal herbs or herbs for use in cooking is a value-added benefit.