By Tammy Sons
Planting fresh herbs in your home garden can be fun and exciting. Herbs are not very tricky to grow and can be cultivated easily outdoors or indoors in pots and containers. Most of the herbs are aromatic and can be grown in gardens for a pleasing fragrance.
Apart from aromatic uses; herbs are extensively used for medicinal and culinary purposes. There are many varieties of herbs available that are grown throughout the world for various purposes. You can choose from the different varieties that are available depending on your requirements and grow them in your garden. Herbs also enhance your garden landscape with their bright and vibrant green color.
Herbs are annual or perennial however; there are some biennials also available. Herbs should be grown in rich and well-drained soil as they would get damaged if the area remains wet and poorly drained. Herbs can be cultivated by sowing seeds, but the germination of seeds is most of the times quite slow. Most of the herbs can also be propagated through cuttings so division can be made and they can be easily planted.
Mulching is essential to protect the herbs from getting damaged during the winter season. It is advisable to cover the soil with hay, straw or dried oak leaves so that the temperature of the soil is maintained. Weeds can also be controlled by the method of mulching.
Herbs are known to have many benefits. They were used in earlier times for medicinal purposes, and till date, people use them for specific ailments as some of the herbs have anti-spasmodic and astringent qualities. Apart from therapeutic uses they can be planted indoors or outside in the garden in flower beds and containers. Some people grow herbs using square foot gardening techniques as well.
Some of the common herbs that can be easily grown in home gardens include Mint, Basil, Rosemary, Thyme, and Parsley. All these herbs are used in cooking as a seasoning or garnish. There are some herbs that are planted for ornamental reasons because they produce beautiful and colorful flowers. Chicory, Valerian, and Borage are some of the examples of ornamental herbs that are grown in gardens.
You can buy different herbs from a nursery and plant them in your flower beds or pots to make your garden more appealing. Planting herbs in your garden will also provide you with an unlimited supply of herbs in the kitchen.