In this article we're going to be talking about herb gardening for beginners. If you're new to herb gardening, looking for the right herb gardening supplies, or want my list of top herbs to grow then this article is for you. Herb gardening is fun and can be a great way to stock up on fresh herbs for cooking. Herb gardening doesn't have to be hard either as long as you put in the effort to learn about the herbs you plant then you can grow anything. If you're planning on growing herbs indoors then check out my Beginners Guide: Indoor Container Herb Gardening article. Let's take a look at the herb gardening supplies you'll need to start your very own herb garden.
Herb Gardening Supplies
If you're just starting your herb garden you're going to need some supplies to get going. First you're going to want an area or container for your herbs. Most herbs you can plant all together in a single area, but you'll want to do a little research on the herbs you'll be growing first. Herbs like mint can and will take over your whole garden and choke out your other herbs so do your research before hand. Once you've got an area or container for your herbs you'll want to get some soil for them. Again you'll want to research your plants ahead of time for best results but most beginner herb gardeners will be fine with an average potting soil or tilled planting area. If you're planting directly in the ground it's a good idea to use some mulch to put around your herbs, this will help keep weeds out and moisture in. The next thing you'll want to do is get some way to water your herbs, if you're planting in a small patch of dirt or in containers you're going to need a watering can. You can also you a sprinkler on larger areas of your herb garden if you choose to. One thing you'll want to keep in mind is that herbs can often have different watering requirements. Aloe and lavender for example not only need a well drained soil but they don't require as much watering either.
Top Herbs to Grow for Beginners
- Thyme: This is a great herb for beginner herb gardeners and yields great tasting and aromatic harvests to cook with. Thyme can be used in teas, meat dishes, soups and sauces. You can plant your thyme in a container or straight in the ground. It requires fairly adequate watering during warmer days and will wilt quite fast if not tended to. With that said if you take care of your thyme plant it will do very well and you'll have a nice stock of it in your kitchen cabinets.
- Basil: For beginners this has to be one of the best herbs to grow. Like a lot of herbs it is somewhat sensitive to too much sun so water it often on hot days and maybe plant it where it'll be shaded during the hotter times of the day. Basil is great to use in many Italian dishes like pasta sauces. In addition to making awesome tasting meals you can also clone basil fairly easily which is pretty cool. All you need to do is cut about a 5 inch section starting at the node and take that section put some rooting hormone on it and leave it in a glass of water for about a week until roots form.
- Oregano: I personally love the way oregano smells it brings amazing taste to your Italian dishes like basil too. When I plant oregano I'll often pair it with my basil so they grow at the about the same rate and I can harvest them together for my pasta.
Those are a few herbs that I recommend for herb gardening beginners be sure to check out some of our other articles for more herbs you can grow. Hopefully this gives you an idea of what you need to start your herb garden and the types of herbs to plant. Thanks for reading and check back soon for even more articles.