A Herbal Affair ~ The Top 3 Tips For Herb Gardening Success
Over the years of gardening I have gain some garden wisdom, most of it from trial and error, and reading many, many books on gardening. To make your gardening life easier to start here are my top 3 tips for herb gardening success to make your plants grow and prosper beautifully!
I love Gardening, I hope I give you some inspiration to grow beautiful plants that will nourish you body and soul! And of course a Herbal Affair 😉 A little bit about me and my gardening inspirations!
I have been gardening for years….My best fond memories of a garden was going into my father’s garden as a kid and stealing the raw pea pods to eat ! OMG….they were like heaven to me! They never made it to the dinner table! Then there was my grandfather’s garden…..he had a gigantic garden, at least it looked that way to me as a kid….It was always so perfect and it always looked so pretty to me….little did I know all the work that went into that garden!……He had this grape vine….thick skinned Concord grapes that would melt in your mouth! Yes….It was the first thing I did when going to visit him was to run to that grape vine to eat those yummy grapes! Someday I will try to learn to grow those in Florida!
So that is where my gardening journey began…..My chores consisted of weeding the garden before I was allowed to go and play with my friends! I look back and I have a big smile on my face just thinking about these memories! I have gardened from Maine to Florida , each place had its challenges for sure! I have learned through much trial and error, have always tried to organically garden with companion plants and natural fertilizers.
# 1 ~ Your first step in growing is to pick the healthiest plants you can find. Try to find a nursery near you that grow their own plants! Look for healthy plant, bright color, with plenty of foliage. Look closely at the plants to make sure there aren’t any white aphids on them!
# 2 ~ Planting your herbs in the correct spot is vital along with growing plants together that like each other! Herbs have friends too! As I go through the month I will give you that info for each herb! One very important and fun step to having healthy plants is harvesting the herbs for recipes , teas or ointments!! If you don’t do this on a regular basis your herb plants will get leggy and die. By pruning you encourage new growth which will keep your plants healthy and producing for a long time. I try to do this on a weekly basis and will be giving you tips on that as well! Some herbs you will use the seeds which is the end of the life cycle for that plant. The best way to do that is to get seeds of that plant to start new plants once a month!
# 3 ~ The best way to water your herbs is the morning hours. You should water the soil and not the leaves if possible to prevent mildew and disease. Here in Florida it is tough to keep plants in containers from drying out. With morning watering and some tips I will share for larger containers your herbs should be happy and thrive! I have learned the hard way container growing herbs in pots and will share some great tips to make sure they get the moisture they need to be healthy!
Do you have any great memories of gardening when you were a kid? What do you love about gardening? Any questions let me know, I love sharing gardening tips! Please share them!