6 steps to grow culinary herbs in the backyard.
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- 11 Sep, 2019
6 steps to grow culinary herbs in the backyard
Growing culinary herbs in your backyard aren’t as hard as many would want you to imagine. Irrespective of the size of your backyard, you can still grow herbs in it. In fact, you can start small before you expand and grow herbs in a large backyard. This post looks at 6 essential steps that will help you grow culinary herbs in your backyard.
Prepare your garden where you want to grow the culinary herbs
Note that you will not be deciding on the type of herbs to grow, as you have already decided to grow culinary herbs. You should select the various types of culinary herbs that you want to grow in your backyard. The choice can be determined by the herbs you usually use in food, recommendations from friends, or even an inspiration from the internet. There are various types of culinary herbs, thus choosing the right ones to plant in your backyard is necessary.
Design the culinary herb garden
Once you have chosen your herbs, the next step is to design your garden. This is where most people go wrong. Remember that the herbs are within your backyard, and thus it has to remain beautiful even as you grow the herbs.
To design the garden well, you need to take time and sample some beautiful designs used by your friends or those found online. The design you settle on should be able to complement your garden as well as the look of your house.
Prepare the pots
After you have settled on the design of the garden, the next step is to choose the pot in which to grow your herbs. Most people settle on anything for growing and thus end up making their backyards lose the attractiveness they once had. Choosing the best pots is the secret to having a beautiful garden that also produces tasty herbs for your food.
But even then, you don’t have to worry about getting pots, as some can be expensive and thus not affordable. You can use any pot, but then you will need to paint the pots so that they complement your garden and your house as well.
Still, on pots preparation, you have to remember that not just any soil will be good for your herbs. You have to identify proper soil that is suitable for the kind of culinary herbs you intend to grow. Having good potting soil for herbs is a secret that many people don’t seem to know. It makes the whole process of growing the herbs easier, and one will even get more of the herbs if the soil is good enough.
Choose your culinary herbs
As we already know, there are a variety of culinary herbs that one can grow in his backyard. Of course, the choice depends on one’s preference, as there are those to be used in main dishes, tea and all that.
After preparing your pots, you now have to choose the herbs that you want to grow in your backyard. If you are not too sure of the herbs, you can walk around and see what your friends are growing. Of course, you do not have to make it too obvious that you want to copy their idea, but you can get some ideas from what they have in their backyards. Also, the internet has lots of information on the various types of culinary herbs that one can grow. Spare some time and browse through the internet to check whether those herbs that you have can be found online.
Setting out the herbs
Before you start planting the herbs, you first need to set them in the positions you would wish them to grow. You need to spread the herbs across your backyard in accordance with the expected spaces required between them for proper growth. Notice that if you do not space them correctly, then it might be hard for the herbs to grow to their full potential. This is especially true if the space between the herbs is less than the required space.
Proper spacing has another benefit whereby you can be left with space to work on the design. You will be able to play with the colors as well as the texture of the herbs. One thing to always remember is the fact that planting herbs in your backyard is not a one-hour event. You might end up taking more than three days just to have all your herbs in place and your garden to remain beautiful.
Water the herbs before planting
Before you plant the herbs, you first have to water them well. Watering the herbs before planning helps to loosen the root balls, which is essential in encouraging the growth of new roots. To have a bushy herb, you should pinch out the tips of the herbs as you plant.
You can as well have some organic soil conditioner or fertilizers incorporated in the soil as you plant them to encourage healthy and faster growth of the herbs.