Herb gardening can be done quite successfully on a small plot of land, as long as you use the proper tools and make sure the soil is moist. However, there are some things to consider before you start your herb garden. You must first consider whether your location will allow for adequate sun exposure, if the climate is too warm, or if the weather will be cold enough that the plants will not thrive.
Herbs like dill, oregano, and Rosemary require sunlight in order to thrive. Thus, they are best grown in spots that get at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. This makes them perfect candidates for patio areas where the sun is shining on them constantly throughout the day.
Once you have chosen the location, find out what type of plants are suitable for the location, whether they are annuals or perennials and then choose the appropriate plants. Consider the location and type of sun exposure, the plants will receive before you plant them. Never place your herbs in an area that is not suited for them!
If the soil is clay or rocky, it needs to be worked in by hand, but it needs to have adequate drainage in order to properly grow herbs. Most herbs prefer well drained soil that is in between a sandy clay soil and sandy loam soil. Soil types are made up of clay, sandy loam, sand, and clay. The use of irrigation is an important consideration.
Make sure that your plants will not be susceptible to excessive heat from the sun. You want your plants to be happy and are also more tolerant of heat.
It is also important to keep in mind the types of seeds you are planting. Select plants that grow well in your particular type of soil and that are suited to the size of your herb garden.
Herbs do not need water very often. They are best suited to areas that are dry year round.
Herbs require about four hours of sunlight each day. They also do well in full or partial shade. Many of the herb varieties grow best in partial shade.
Herbs are very versatile plants and some thrive better in full sun or shade. It really depends on the type of herbs you intend to grow.
Before you plant your herb garden, it is important to note that the ground must remain moist, but do not be over-watered. In summer, your plants will need to be watered frequently to prevent them from wilting. In winter, if the ground has become too frozen, your plants can be frozen, causing damage to the leaves and stems.
In areas that are prone to wet or humid conditions, herb gardening requires a container for the plants to be kept in. A large metal pot is a great choice for container gardening. Your container should be large enough to hold the plant, with room to grow, and it must be placed in a shady area with light sources such as artificial or natural sunlight, which will prevent the plants from freezing.
Herb gardening can be done on a small plot of land, and it can be done by an amateur gardener. Before you embark on this project, however, make sure that you have planned properly, and have the necessary tools and space for your herbs to grow.