Herbal Gardening can make cooking at home more fun, healthy, and delicious. Did you know that most of the herbs you find in the produce section at the store can be grown at home? Even if you don't have much space for a garden, you can still grow tasty herbs that can have serious benefits for your health.

As long as you have a sunny windowsill, you can start a herb garden right in your kitchen! Most herbs can be grown well both indoors and outside. 

Gardening you herbal garden is vital to the growth of your plants

It's important to do a bit of research about each herb before you attempt to grow it. Keep in mind what type of soil the herb thrives in and how much sun and water it needs.

Finally, when you need some fresh herbs for your favorite recipe, you can simply walk over to your garden and trim some off! Having an Herbal Garden at your fingertips can encourage you to cook more at home. 

What's even better, you won't have to break your budget buying herbs at the grocery store. Furthermore, the Health Benefits of Herbal Gardening are well-researched!

Herbal Gardening 101

What Herbs Should I Grow in my Herbal Garden?

When you're just getting started with Herbal Gardening, there are a few foolproof ones that can kickstart your garden. Here are a few of the best herbs to grow in either you indoors or outdoor Herbal Garden:

  • Chives are tall, fast-growing, and grass-like. Their distinct oniony flavor makes them the perfect garnish for stir-fry, loaded baked potatoes, or omelets. Chives blossom with beautiful purple flowers (which can also be eaten) and they continue to grow back year after year. 
  • Basil is a perfect windowsill plant that comes in a few common varieties like sweet basil, lemon basil, and Thai basil. Each can have its place in your cooking. One of the most common uses for basil is a bright green pesto sauce to top off your favorite pasta.
  • Peppermint is great to grow indoors and out, though it does tend to spread when left alone. You can use peppermint to brew tea, which results in a drink that aids digestion.
  • Rosemary is an herb that pairs well with many types of foods. It's a small evergreen shrub with needle-like leaves that can be added to season poultry, fish, potatoes, and more.
  • Parsley is a ubiquitous herb that can be used to brighten up many dishes. It can be grown year-round in warmer climates and is an excellent source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and Vitamin K.

Are these the only herbs you can grow at home?

This, of course, is not a comprehensive list of all the herbs you can grow. Look at which herbs your favorite recipes call for, and see if there's a way to grow those herbs in your herbal garden. Most herbs are quite forgiving even for beginner gardeners, and with a little care and dedication, your plants will thrive.

Make sure that your storing your herbs correctly after harvesting. Here are some visually appealing kitchen storage hacks I'm sure will help you in storing your herbs from your garden.

Herbal gardening inside the home with grow light for optimal light exposure

What if I cant plant a Herbal Garden Outdoors?

Herbal Gardening Indoors?

For the most part, most herbs can be grown indoors. Herbs that tend to really thrive inside, however include no-fuss picks like  mint, oregano, thyme and rosemary. 

Before you start potting your first plant, ensure your success by following these simple no hassle steps, that even a person without a green thumb can succeed at.

Don't have a Green Thumb... Follow these Four Steps

  •  First, select a Container with Drainage: While there are a variety of herb pots that you can purchase, you can plant herbs in just about any container so long as you have some type of drainage. Keep in mind, you will also need something to protect the surface underneath them, such as a saucer or plastic protector.
  • Second, choose the Sunniest Spot: Most herbs prefer a lot of sunlight. To maximize their exposure, place plants as close as possible to your brightest window in your home. Try to avoid setting them in the center of a room, as this will offer little sunlight.
  • Thirsd, water-but Not Too Much: To make sure your plant grows, keep the soil moist, but not overwatered. A light drizzle of water  under the sink will do just fine. *Side Note: If you start to notice that the leaves are starting to wilt or turn yellow, lower the amount of water you are providing.
  • Fourth, harvest a Little at a Time: Cutting your herbs on a regular basis helps to encourage new growth. Remember to always avoid removing more than a quarter of the plant at a time. By removing more than a quarter of the plant, this can cause affliction to a plant, eventually killing the plant.
herbal garden labels to differentiate between herbs in garden

What is the best option for growing my Herbal Garden Outdoors?

Herbal Gardening Growing Outdoors?

Overall, early spring would be the ideal time to start your Herbal Gardening outdoors, but you can put the herbs in the ground any time throughout the, year as long as the soil is not frozen. When growing outdoors, you have two options when it comes to starting your herb garden: One, you can plant them directly in the ground, or two grow them in raised beds.

On the other hand, if you do have an outdoor space to grow your Herbal Garden, you can add a raised garden as part of a total backyard renovation. They look stunning and can help your garden flourish. There are a few great benefits to installing a raised bed.  

Benefits of a Raised Bed

  •  First: Raised beds are also ideal for small spaces.
  • Second: There's less bending involved. This makes them a great solution to anyone with mobility issues.
  • Third benefit: Raised beds also provide better drainage than planting something directly in the ground. They can serve as a barrier from common garden pests like slugs and snails.
  • Fourth benefit: Raised beds also keep pathway weeds from your garden soil, preventing soil compaction, also serving as a barrier for nagging insects, such as spiders, snails and beetles.
  • Fifth benefit: The sides of the raised garden beds keep your valuable garden soil from eroding or washing away during heavy rains.  When growing herbs, plants naturally take out the nutrients the soil provides for them to grow. By making sure that you have a proper drainage system in place, your plants will be able to thrive even in the rainy seasons.

Remember when looking for a raised bed, that it is easy-to-assemble and stackable.

Throughout the world, gardeners have been able to plant earlier in the season because the soil is warmer. Additionally, the plants will drain better when it is above ground level. Unlike other outdoor projects, raised beds and herb gardens are both easy DIY projects to take on. Head to your local hardware store to pick up some supplies to start working on your herb gardens today!

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