Your Questions About Easy Herb Gardening

Michael asks…

Herb garden, easy, looks good, and useful….?

I have never had a garden before, i’ve never really gardened before either. BUT my dad is a landscaper and could definitely help me. However i wanted to try it on my own, he can help with the layout. But i wanted to start a herb garden, so meting different than your usual flower garden. That way it would look good and could be useful as well. What is something simple and easy to start with. and how should i go about doing it?

so basically i want a herb garden that will look good, easy to maintain and that will be useful for like lots of stuff candles, insense, dyes, decoration etc.
sorry, if it’s kind of confusing… i’m really bad at explaining things.
To Nora;

1. i live in richmond hill, ontario, canada and,
2. A mix of annual and perennial are good.

admin answers:

Perennial musts are a hardy English and or French lavender — bloom spring to early summer. Echinacea grows tall with beautiful flowers that attract butterflies bees, humming birds and hummingbird moths — bloooms mid-late summer. Bee-balm (available in shades or red or purple) is also tall with a magnificent scent and attracts butterflies, bees, and humming birds — blooms early summer until last hard frost. Sage (perennial) is an herb garden essential — it in itself makes a heavenly incense — and in your climate you will just need to mulch it well or cover during the winter — lovely spikey lavender-blue flowers in spring. Thyme comes in a variety of flower-colors and flavors, and I grow both regular and lemon thyme — spring blooms, low bushy growing perennial. While mints can take over a garden, I do grow lemon mint which stays compact and doesn’t get out of control. In the lemon family, don’t forget lemon grass (great for cooking or just chewing on), it makes a great specimen and accent plant, growing tall and spikey, but in your neck of the woods is an annual. Oregano offers a smatter of purplish flowers, and is a low growing bushy plant great for filling in areas. Grow annual marigolds to attract beneficial bugs, fill, color, and as a substitute for saffron in cooking. Grow annual nasturtiums for fill and color and for adding to salads. Dill imparts a wonderful aroma in the garden and grows tall and frothy…just be careful with dill as it can overpower some of the other wonderful aromas in the garden and it seeds itself readily. Think about some rhubarb — the flowers (if you choose to let them bloom) are very, very odd and interesting…but you get rhubarb from early summer to early frost, with some interesting large leaves. Chamomile is an easy to grow annual with low, bright green foliage and adorable little daisy-like flowers from early summer to late frost. Fill in little spots with everbearing strawberries. Oh, and don’t forget the new miracle sweetener, Stevia, which is an annual.

While not an herb, get some hard asparagus plants for both food in spring and their wonderful frothy foliage in summer.

Plan your garden so that you have a balance of bloom and color throughout the season. Generally, work from higher in the back to lower in the front, and allow room for growth (which is why filling in with marigolds, strawberries, other flowers, and herbs is wise). Keep sweet scents together.

Herbs to best in a raised bed environment for some reason (not to mention helps keep out nasty weeds). One of the simplest ways, I have found, is to shape my garden, lay down several layers of newspaper, then start laying dry and damp matter compost interspersed with shredded paper and peat moss. This will compost down as time progresses so you do need to keep filling it up with your grass clippings (dry and damp), leaves, and shredded paper, and peat. Get some good all-purpose top and potting soil and do your initial planting in that (plop down a blob or dig down a little if need be, plant seedling in it, cosy up your composting materials around it).

Good luck, and you can’t go wrong with those starters.

Daniel asks…

NJ resident asking if an italian herb garden would be a good chistmas gift. Easy to grow? my $ = low?

i am looking to buy presents for my whole family on a teenager’s budget. my mother likes to cook with herbs and i was wondering if this would satisfy her needs as far as cooking goes and if it would be an easy gardening experience for a working mom (is it easy to grow). i live in NJ, my house faces north and my back porch is shaded by trees. is it able to be grown in a window? planting on the front porch or in the ground is a no go because of the relentless deer, it would have to be in a pot or container. im not even sure what im getting myself into.. where would i find this herb garden kit, it would have to be a brick and mortar store.

admin answers:

The kit in this link is probably too expensive. You could make your own for a lot less money by attaching clay pots in a similar manner with clear latex caulk and buy the seeds. You would have to buy seeds on line I doubt if any stores have them at this time.

The below is usually in the stores at this time of year
*******Chia Herb Garden*******
Its easy to do and fun to grow
The Kit below comes with the seeds
Italian Indoor Herb Garden Kit

I have listed only the most reputable seed companies I personally am familiar with.
Seed catalogs

I really think the least expensive way is to make one. You can see the pictures and get a general idea how to assemble one.
Some ideas in photos this one is build
a wooden box insert clay pots.

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