Growing your own herbs is one of the most satisfying - and easiest - gardening projects to tackle. It's wonderful to have fresh snipped herbs to use when you cook, and this is just one of the many ways you can use your herbs. Even though it's not difficult to start an herb garden, there are a few points you should keep in mind, and we'll be discussing these in this article.
One of the advantages of growing herbs is that many of them are perennials, which will keep growing back every year. Many popular herbs, such as oregano, lemon balm, mint, lavender and sage fall into this category. If you're new to herb gardening - or gardening in general - start with some simple perennial herb plants. They require less maintenance than annuals. Annual herbs are the other choice you have. These herbs don't last for more than one season. You must reseed them again at the beginning of the next season. Basil, dill, fennel and anise are some annuals that are easy to grow. It's your choice whether to grow annuals, perennials or a combination of the two, but you should make sure you're aware of the difference.
There were many healing or medicinal reasons that people used, back a thousand years ago, for why they were growing herbs. Herbs can be found everywhere, and a different benefit can be found with each herb. There is a lot online about herbalism, in addition to books, where you can find whatever you want about herbs. Many remedies can come from common herbs, which are made into tinctures and healing teas.
An example of an herb that works as a powerful tonic for the liver is dandelion, considered to be a weed by a lot of people who don't know much. Calming qualities can be found in chamomile, and when you need to purify your blood, you might try burdock. You need to rely on natural methods to repel pests, rather than pesticides, if your intent is to grow herbs to use for medicinal purposes.
You probably won't escape having pests from time to time, as most gardeners have to face this challenge. It might be hard to decide which kind of pests are the most irritating. Those that want your herbs for lunch, or the insects, like aphids, that attack the plants themselves. One easy way to keep the insects at bay is to plant a few herbs that repel them. Rosemary is one of the best plants to keep moths, mosquitoes, and the carrot fly at bay. Lavender also repels many types of pests. Planting these types of herbs in and around, your other herbs will make pest control a lot simpler. If your garden is outside, large critters may wander by from time to time, or even your own pets can be a problem. It may be wise to put a fence around your garden. You are liable to wake up one morning and see the most beautiful doe and her two fawns nibbling away at your delicious herbs if you don't come up with a plan to keep these larger animals away. Herb gardens are the best choices for any person who wants to plant and grow a simple but practical garden of their own. It can be both fun and useful and it can even save you lots of money. Spices and herbs that you grow yourself always taste better and fresher than the spices and herbs you buy in jars at the store. Try to keep these ideas in mind when you start to grow your own herb garden and soon you will have a great hobby that you can enjoy for the rest of your life!