How to grow a wonderful herb garden

Herbs are a wonderful addition to any organic garden for many reasons. Herb plants are beautiful plants, which are generally easy to grow, and which usually attract useful predators to the garden as well as pollinating insects. They can be planted anywhere that suits you, from a separate herb garden, to a window box in your house or even in amongst your garden plants. Many herbs have a lovely fragrance making the herb garden a lovely tranquil place to be. And of course herbs can be used in food for their flavour and for their healing and medicinal purposes if you choose to study their individual properties. So there are many good reasons to add a few herbs to your garden.

Most herbs come from Mediterranean climates so they need lots of sunshine, and most are annuals and will die down in the winter and will need to be planted again in spring. Prepare the soil well with lots of manure and compost.

When planting your herbs, bare in mind that some will grow to be very big and need lots of space, so make sure you space out your plants ahead of time. Also, many herbs, such as mint, grow very fast and can completely take over your herb garden so make sure you keep each plant in check and cut them back often. Herbs can be continually harvested as you need them by just cutting off as many stems as you need which will also keep them cut back and encourage continued new growth.

My herb garden usually includes Dill, Basil, Parsley, Chives, Mint, Fennel, Oregano, Thyme, Rosemary, Sage, Lemongrass, Coriander and Cumin. Also take a look at herb recipes and how to use

herbs in the home.