When I refer to garden herbs, I think of the kind of herbs where:
1. I can buy plants at a nursery.
2. I can buy plants or seeds at a local store that has a garden center.
3. I can buy seeds from a catalogue or online.
4. I can even buy plants or seeds on craigslist, though I might have to travel a distance to get them.
When deciding whether you will get plants or seeds, keep in mind that while plants are more expensive than seeds, the plants are ready to be put into the ground and grow. The herbs will be ready to harvest in a relatively short period of time.
If you choose to plant seeds, seeds are less expensive, but harvest-time will come at a later date. However, depending on the seeds, you COULD potentially get many more plants than you bargained for, which with herbs is a bonus! Just be aware, that sometimes seeds just don’t come up.
Your decision to get plants or seeds needs to be based on your personal preferences and your budget.
While I’m not going to go in-depth about how to plant herbs or pretend to be a master gardener (because I’m not) I think it would be a good idea to discuss the subject somewhat.
Building your own herb garden can be an exercise in creativity! You can make it as simple or as elaborate as you wish. Let your imagination run wild!
There are many garden herbs that can be planted in your garden, in pots, or wherever you wish to plant them. I even plant herbs and lettuce inside in winter, in plastic storage boxes you can get at Walmart. They make a fine garden container, as long as the plants have plenty of sunshine, and are not over-watered.
When you decide what you’re going to plant and where you’re going to plant, check to see what the sunlight requirements are for each plant. Some plants require full sun, while others can be planted in partial shade. Also, check on how much water the herbs need. Another deciding factor is the quality of the soil. Some herbs need richer soil than others.
I want to encourage you to plant your own herbs, as you will have a renewable resource that will reward your labors over and over again, without much extra expense. You will also get the benefits of gathering the parts of the herbs needed, at the proper time. Just remember that there are herbs everywhere. Don’t get discouraged and think it’s too much of an effort to plant your own herbs. You will be rewarded for your effort.
As time goes by, I will provide information on individual herbs, their uses, and also the parts that should be harvested from each herb. Some herbs are multi-taskers, while with some herbs, you might only use a certain part.
I hope I’ve piqued your interest about the possibilities of acquiring your own supply of garden herbs.
If there are any particular herbs you would like to know about, just email me at Angela@herbalpanther.com and I will respond as soon as possible. Any questions or suggestions you may have are welcome, and will also open the door to new posts! Thank you for reading, and I hope you will return!