Video:How to Plant an Herb Gardenwith Marie Iannotti
Want to wow your house guests with the freshest homegrown treats in your salads or sauces? This video demonstrates how to plant an herb garden, so you can have fresh, homegrown, herbs to use in your cooking.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Plant an Herb GardenHi. I'm Marie Iannotti, your Guide to Gardening.
Where to Plant an Herb GardenYou don't need a special herb garden to enjoy the luxury of fresh herbs. You don't even need a garden at all, because so many herb plants can be grown just about anywhere, in any space.
Herb Garden NecessitiesHere's what you need:
- Pots or containers (at least 6" size)
- A well draining potting mix (like this soilless mix, here)
- Plant Food
- Sunlight (about 5 or more hours per day)
- Herb Seeds or Herb Plants
Before You Plant an Herb GardenYou can start most herbs from seed, but nurseries have all kinds of pre-grown herb plants available year round. Choose a couple of your favorites. I like perennial herbs, like rosemary, thyme and chives.
You could plant an entire herb garden in one large container, but they're easier to care for if they're separate.
Plant an Herb GardenThe most important considerations in potting herbs are the same as with any other type of plant:
- Room for the roots to grow
- Drainage holes at the bottom
Water an Herb GardenUse the finger test before you water your herbs. Poke your finger into the top inch or so of soil. If it feels dry all the way down, it's time to water. Just remember, herbs don't like wet feet. More plants die from over watering than under watering.
Getting Herbs from your Herb GardenYou can start snipping your plants once they are about 6 inches tall. Snip down to a new set of leaves or, in the case of plants that grow from the soil line, like chives, snip the whole leaf. Leave enough foliage so the plant can rejuvenate and your herb garden will thrive.
Cluster your containers together on windowsills, steps, tables or patio walls to create an herb garden.
Thanks for watching. For more on herb gardening, check out the About Gardening website at Gardening.About.com.