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Articles about Herb Crops for the Garden

  Best Containers For Growing Herbs
  Culinary Herb Gardening
  Everyone Needs A Spaghetti Garden
  Herb garden ideas
  Ideas for a beautiful herb garden
  Organic Herbal Plants For Better Health
  Tips For Growing a Container Herb Garden
  How to grow African Marigold
  How to grow Ajowan
  How to grow Alfalfa
  How to grow Alkanet
  How to grow Aloe vera
  How to grow American Ginseng
  How to grow Angelica
  How to grow Anise
  How to grow Anise Hyssop
  How to grow Apple Mint
  How to grow Arnica
  How to grow Basil
  How to grow Bay
  How to grow Bergamot
  How to grow Betony
  How to grow Bistort
  How to grow Black Mustard
  How to grow Bog Myrtle
  How to grow Boneset
  How to grow Borage
  How to grow Caraway
  How to grow Catnip
  How to grow Chamomile
  How to grow Chervil
  How to grow Chives
  How to grow Clary
  How to grow Coltsfoot
  How to grow Comfrey
  How to grow Common Chicory
  How to grow Common Elder
  How to grow Common Foxglove
  How to grow Common Hop
  How to grow Common Juniper
  How to grow Common Larkspur
  How to grow Common Lavender
  How to grow Common Milkweed
  How to grow Common Myrtle
  How to grow Common Nettle
  How to grow Common Primrose
  How to grow Common Tansy
  How to grow Common Teasel
  How to grow Common Thyme
  How to grow Common Yarrow
  How to grow Coriander
  How to grow Corn Salad
  How to grow Corsican Mint
  How to grow Costmary
  How to grow Cotton Lavender
  How to grow Cowslip
  How to grow Cumin
  How to grow Curry Plant
  How to grow Dandelion
  How to grow Dill
  How to grow Echinacea
  How to grow Eucalyptus
  How to grow European Pennyroyal
  How to grow Evening Primrose
  How to grow Fat Hen
  How to grow Fenugreek
  How to grow Field Eryngo
  How to grow Field Poppy
  How to grow Flax
  How to grow French Marigold
  How to grow French Sorrel
  How to grow French Tarragon
  How to grow Garlic
  How to grow Garlic Chives
  How to grow Ginger
  How to grow Ginger Mint
  How to grow Globe Artichoke
  How to grow Goat's Rue
  How to grow Gobo
  How to grow Goldenrod
  How to grow Good King Henry
  How to grow Great Mullein
  How to grow Green Mint
  How to grow Heartsease
  How to grow Hemp
  How to grow Hemp Agrimony
  How to grow Herb Fennel
  How to grow Hollyhock
  How to grow Holy Basil
  How to grow Horseradish
  How to grow Hyssop
  How to grow Ice Plant
  How to grow Indian Tobacco
  How to grow Jacob's Ladder
  How to grow Lady's Bedstraw
  How to grow Lady's Mantle
  How to grow Lamb's Ears
  How to grow Leaf Celery
  How to grow Lemon Balm
  How to grow Lemon Basil
  How to grow Lemon Thyme
  How to grow Lemon Verbena
  How to grow Lesser Calamint
  How to grow Lily of the Valley
  How to grow Lovage
  How to grow Love in a Mist
  How to grow Love Lies Bleeding
  How to grow Lungwort
  How to grow Meadowsweet
  How to grow Mexican Marigold
  How to grow Mexican Tea
  How to grow Milk Thistle
  How to grow Mugwort
  How to grow Musk Mallow
  How to grow Nasturtium
  How to grow Opium Poppy
  How to grow Oregano
  How to grow Parsley
  How to grow Peppermint
  How to grow Poached Egg Plant
  How to grow Pot Marigold
  How to grow Pot Marjoram
  How to grow Prince's Feather
  How to grow Prostrate Rosemary
  How to grow Pyrethrum
  How to grow Ramsons
  How to grow Roman Coriander
  How to grow Rosemary
  How to grow Rue
  How to grow Russian Comfrey
  How to grow Safflower
  How to grow Saffron
  How to grow Sage
  How to grow Salad Burnet
  How to grow Salad Rocket
  How to grow Scented Solomon's Seal
  How to grow Sea Holly
  How to grow Self Heal
  How to grow Sesame
  How to grow Soapwort
  How to grow Southernwood
  How to grow St Benedict's Thistle
  How to grow St John's Wort
  How to grow Summer Purslane
  How to grow Summer Savory
  How to grow Sunflower
  How to grow Sweet Cicely (European)
  How to grow Sweet Joe Pye Weed
  How to grow Sweet Marjoram
  How to grow Sweet Violet
  How to grow Sweet Woodruff
  How to grow Thai Basil
  How to grow Thorn Apple
  How to grow Tormentil
  How to grow Valerian
  How to grow Vervain
  How to grow Viper's Bugloss
  How to grow Watercress
  How to grow Welsh Onion
  How to grow White Deadnettle
  How to grow White Horehound
  How to grow White Mustard
  How to grow Wild Feverfew
  How to grow Wild Strawberry
  How to grow Winter Purslane
  How to grow Winter Savory
  How to grow Witch Hazel
  How to grow Woad
  How to grow Woolly Foxglove
  How to grow Wormwood
  How to grow Yellow Melilot




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Herb Garden at Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney
Container Herb Garden at Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney

Before you can even start to design your herb garden, you have to make a few decisions.

Will you be setting aside an area just for herbs or do they have to fit into your existing plantings?
If you can't spare a space dedicated just to herbs, there are several ways round this:

How much space do you have available?
You can make a herb garden in quite a small space, though this will obviously limit the number of different herbs you can grow. On the other hand, you might want to dedicate a large area which can be divided into "rooms" - perhaps one for culinary herbs, one for medicinal herbs and one for dye plants, or maybe a world theme where each room relates to a different continent. There are lots of different ideas that you could use for a garden like this.

Do you want a formal or informal design?
Formal designs are generally edged with blocks, paving or something like box or dwarf lavender which can be clipped into shape regularly. In the past few years, box has become a difficult plant, due to a new pest which makes it unsightly and can even kill it. A good substitute is Lonicera nitida, the boxleaf honeysuckle.

Formal gardens are generally symmetrical, but beyond this, they can be as simple as individual square beds or as intricate as a classic knot garden.

Containerized herb gardens
Containers can be used in a formal way, in which case you will probably need to invest in a number of matching containers. For a more informal style, almost anything can be used - I've seen an old strawberry pot (with several planting stations around the sides), drinks containers, old sinks, baths ancient and modern (and other plumbing items), recycled watering cans, repurposed chests of drawers... the possibilities are endless!

If you do decide to grow in containers, make sure that you provide drainage holes, or your herbs will get waterlogged very easily. This will quickly kill them off.

The other problem with containers is that they will need watering much more often than herbs in the open ground. A way to reduce this problem is to include some water crystals in the potting mixture, but don't overdo it. A little goes a long way.

Another way to get round the watering problem is to set up an irrigation system as soon as you've planted all your containers.

Aerial herb gardens
One very attractive and space-saving idea for growing herbs is an aerial herb garden. Of course, you can use regular hanging pots or baskets, but there are lots of other ideas using repurposed items - like those shoe hangers with multiple pockets, for example.

Indoor herb gardens
These can be as simple as a line of pots on the windowsill. An interesting idea I saw recently used a piece of stainless steel guttering to hold the pots. You can also plant a variety of herbs in a single pot, but make sure that they have compatible requirements.

Bear in mind that plants grown indoors usually only get light from one side, so it's a good idea to turn them round once or twice a week to ensure they don't get leggy.

The points I've already mentioned regarding drainage and watering of containers apply equally to both aerial and indoor herb gardens.

The second part of this article, Ideas for a beautiful herb garden, covers basic design and herb selection. Your mission now, if you choose to accept it, is to make decisions about the type, position and style of your herb garden in preparation for laying out your design, selecting and purchasing your plants, and finally building it.



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