Enjoy a successful herb garden

Herbs are a great addition to any garden and offer a large variety of practical purposes both medical and culinary.

Herbs are a great addition to any garden and offer a large variety of practical purposes both medical and culinary.

Herbs are very versatile and are able to grow either indoors or outdoors.

When planting herb seeds directly into the garden make sure that the soil is warm enough and that there is no danger of frosts. Sow the seeds at a depth of twice their diameter.

Quality garden soil that is not extremely acidic or high in alkaline is usually sufficient for herbs. Soils that are highly fertile and rich in nutrients are not necessary and may hinder the herb from producing the best flavor.

Most herbs are easy to grow and take care of but do need to be in a sunny location receiving sunlight for at least six hours a day.

Herbs, like other plants, should be tended to and watered regularly.

Early fall is the optimum time to harvest herbs before they become inactive for the winter. If the herb dies completely remove any good leaves that can be utilized before they die from the winter weather. If harvesting more sturdy herbs, avoid heavy pruning, but take sprigs from the herbs to use for cooking or other needs.

Herbs can also be brought indoors a month before the first fall frost. As much of the roots should be dug up as possible and mature plants should be cut back to help make them more manageable. The pots to put them in should be bigger than its roots.

Pots should be kept outside for about a week in a partially shaded area to prepare them for the indoors.

When the week has gone by and the soil has settled in the pots move them indoors to continue enjoying them.

With information from www.gardenguides.com.