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Herbs

Herbs

The world was once a thriving buffet of fresh fruits and vegetables. One merely had to know

what do look for and indulge in the best food the earth had to offer. With the expansion of

grocery stores packed with all sorts of process foods and chemical laden produce, many people

are getting back to their roots, so to speak, by growing their own foods once again.

While people are growing their own fruits and vegetables at increasing rates, they are also

discovering the importance of home grown herbs to take their precious produce to new

culinary heights. Herbs are easily grown in small areas so they are perfect for growing in pots or

in window grow boxes. Unlike many other forms of plants, herbs are very easy to grow. They do

not take a lot of maintenance, so they are perfect for the gardener just gaining their green

thumb.

 

Things to Remember

When embarking on any new journey there are always little tidbits of information that make

the beginning a lot easier. Herbs, although not complicated, do require a certain degree of

education in order to accomplish the end result of fabulous full flavored herbs that will make

your fresh ingredient dishes sing song of great joy instead of sighs of humble failure.

Sunlight

Even gardening beginners have the basic understanding that sunlight makes things grow. As

most plants require both a certain degree of shade and sunlight, herbs have a great need for

pure sunlight, so they must be planted in an area where they are bathed in the glowing glory of

the sun for the entire day.

Location, Location, Location

Most people plant their vegetable gardens in an area that is flat and away from the house.

Generally, when you plant a garden the time and effort awarded to tilling the ground, planting,

and weeding are not soon forgotten. Herbs happen to be such self-sufficient little plants that

they can be easily planted in a particular area and forgotten about. Plant your herbs in close

proximity to your kitchen. It will be much easier to simply open the window to pick fresh herbs

rather than making the trek across the yard to pick them. You are less likely to burn your

culinary masterpiece if they are close by.

Plant What You Will Use

It may be tempting to load up your herb garden with every herb known to man just in case you

might happen to run across a recipe requiring an underused herb, but resist the urge. Instead,

only plant herbs that you use on a regular basis. Most of us have our go to herbs for cooking

and staying within the range of herbs that are most often used will allow your garden to thrive

and be more useful. Planting little used herbs will take much needed nutrients and space from

the more useful herbs of the garden with little useful results.

Drainage

You may notice that most herb gardens are planted up off the ground. This is due to the fact

that to properly grow and maintain an herb garden requires the proper amount of drainage.

Planting directly on the ground can cause the plant to become overwatered during wet periods

of time. Planting between 6 and 8 inches off the ground lets the water properly drain from the

plants so they do not drown and die.

Any Old Dirt Will Do

Gardening generally requires a balance between the amounts of nutrients in the soil.

Specialized fertilizers and soil treatments are often required to produce an ample amount of

fruits and vegetables. Herbs are completely different in that almost any form of soil is fine in

growing them. It will not hurt the herbs if you choose to purchase fresh potting soil, but it is not

necessary to grow the herbs to their full potential.

Give Them Some Space

When planting an herb garden beginners tend to make the mistake of cramming all the herbs

into small pots with little space for the plant to grow. This will stunt the growth and inhibit the

full potential of the herb being grown. Although a small herb garden can be grown in your

kitchen window, consisting of about 3 to 4 herbs at maximum, if you are planning on having a

variety of herbs you will have to think of an alternative solution.

Like any other plant, herbs need their own space. Planting them in individual pots that are 16

inches at the top in diameter will give the plant the space it needs to produce the richest form

of the plant. Treat them just like fish; larger tank, bigger fish, smaller tank, smaller fish. It is the

exact same concept with the size of the pot the herb is grown in.

If you need help with starting your herb garden please do not hesitate to come visit us at Trax

Farm. Come into the store or visit us online at www.traxfarms.com. Let us help you realize your

culinary potential with the planting of your own herb garden today.

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Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 8 pm

Sunday: 9 am- 6 pm

528 Trax Rd. Finleyville, PA 15332
(12 miles south of Pittsburgh on Route 88)
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Phone  412.835.3246

 

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