Growing a Herb Garden - Five Things That You Should Know Now

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Herb gardening is a hard but very rewarding endeavor.
You need to allot time for it.
You have to have the patience for it.
And you should definitely know what you want out of it.
For some people, it's because they want to live a healthier lifestyle.
Some just wants an aromatic beautiful backyard.
And some decide to grow one to save up a few bucks.
But no matter what your reason is, you just want one thing: grow the herbs successfully.
Here's the golden rule: It's all about finding the perfect balance.
Yes, that may sound a bit of a cliche or it may be too vague for you, but you should remember that herbs are very delicate.
The slightest mistake can very much cause you your whole garden.
And that means your efforts, the countless days you spent digging and smelling really bad will all go down the drain.
So how do you find the perfect balance? Here are the five things that you need.
I will discuss them all in detail later.
The right kind of soil.
Here is the basic soil formula fore herb gardens: three parts of garden soil, one part peat, compost or aged manure and one part sand.
It's that easy.
Give your herbs this and you're well on your way to producing healthy, strong herbs.
Knowing how much and how often to water them.
Here's a good rule of thumb that I've finally found works for me.
When the natural rainfall is less than one inch within the week, water your herbs.
Protecting your garden from weather changes, especially winter.
Pruning should only take place in the spring and summer months.
Once fall appears, then you can gradually taper back on your pruning.
You really want a little more growth in the fall; it helps to insulate the plants for the upcoming cold weather.
Protect your herbs with an extra layer of mulch.
Top the existing mulch off with evergreen branches or even some other material.
Try not to use mulch that packs heavily down.
It will only retain the moisture during the winter which very well may contribute to root rot.
Lastly, knowing how to find the best companion plants.
Some plants actually grow better when they're sitting next to other plants.
Yes, it might not sound very sensible at first, but the concept is really quite simple.
If you start to add specific herbs to either your vegetable or flower garden -- or both -- you may notice a decidedly improved level of overall health for all the plants, depending on the herbs you've put there.
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