Growing an herb garden

Small, potted herb garden
Small, potted herb garden

Growing an herb garden is a great way to encourage new flavor profiles in your cooking, save money at the grocery store, and connect with the outdoors.

Where to grow an herb garden

These are the three things most herbs need to grow:

  1. At least six hours of sunlight
  2. Well-drained soil
  3. Shelter from the elements

If you live in a shady area, it’s okay to grow herbs that require less sunlight: cilantro, parsley, and mint.

Most herbs can’t withstand Hotlanta summer temperatures (90 degrees +). For lawns that sit directly under the sun all day long, consider planting your garden under a tree.

Plant near your home to create a sheltered environment for your herbs. You’ll be able to keep a close eye on your herb garden. You’ll know when to water, when to prune, and you’ll remember to use them in your next home-cooked meal.

Caring for herb gardens

Growing an herb garden is as simple as familiarizing yourself with the instruction label – we know we say that a lot.

Don’t be shy when it comes to snipping and harvesting your precious herbs. Frequent pruning sessions will help your plants grow thicker and fuller. For best results:

  • Harvest in the morning
  • Never trim off more than 1/3 of the plant
  • Harvest before flowering for better taste and extended harvest life

No pests or critters allowed

Everyone is going to want a piece of your herb garden.

To keep harmful insects at bay:
  • Encourage the good kind of “pests” by growing dill, fennel, or spearmint. These plants will attract ladybugs and damsel bugs that will feed on other insects.
  • Use a copper ring around the base of your plants to keep out slugs and snails.
To keep larger animals away:
  • Something as simple as a physical barricade works wonders.
  • Grow plants that deer and rabbits dislike, such as peonies, marigolds, daffodils, and bleeding hearts.

Are you sometimes finding unwanted visitors? Here’s a full list of things you can do.

Best herbs to plant this time of year

Since the last frost of the season has come and gone, you should try your luck with:

  • Rosemary
  • Oregano
  • Fennel
  • Cilantro
  • Basil

If you’re growing indoors, these are the herbs that do well on windowsills:

  • Chives
  • Parsley
  • Basil
  • Dill
  • Mint

Use your free time to play around in the garden or kitchen – not on your lawn. We’ve got that covered.

Topics: Gardening, Lawn Tips