In this week's Owning Your Outdoors our yard and garden expert, Doug Schroeder from Lewis, helps us build the perfect herb garden. Because there's nothing better than fresh from the garden basil with your spaghetti and meatballs.
Herbs grow best when they're planted in the ground, but with proper care and attention they will do just fine in a pot or container on your patio.
Herb gardens are becoming more and more popular. People love them because fresh herbs from the garden add that extra special touch to everything you do in the kitchen, they're healthy, and some herb plants actually help keep pests like flies and mosquitoes away.
Herbs actually grow best when they're planted in the ground, but with proper care and attention they will do just fine in a pot or container on your patio. Containers are popular because they're so convenient. It's nice to be able to step out your patio door, cut some fresh basil, and bring it right into the kitchen.
When planning your garden, pick a location that has good drainage and lots of sunlight. Herbs love the sun. If planting more than one type of herb in the same pot, be sure to choose herbs that flourish in similar conditions.
You are two different categories of herbs that work well together:
Moisture lovers: Basil, cilantro, and parsley. These pants all like a little more moisture than most other herbs and will grow well together. Chives also fit into the moisture lovers category, but because they are so aggressive, Doug suggests planting them in their own, separate container.
Mediterranean herbs: Sage, rosemary, lavender, and oregano. These plants thrive with a little less moisture. And all will work well when planted in a container together.
If you're transplanting existing plant into your container or garden, Doug suggests also planting some seeds of that herb around the plant. That gives you the instant gratification of having herbs you can use now, and more that will fill in around it in the future.
Doug says that the biggest mistake people make when it comes to herbs is not using them. Harvest your herbs! Harvesting your herbs does not damage the plant. In fact, harvesting the herbs stimulates the plant to grow and produce even more.
With proper care and attention, your herbs will continue to produce all season long.