Throughout the centuries, herbs have been used extensively for various purposes. The first documented uses of herbs date back already to Ancient Egypt and Ancient China. The Bible mentions quite frequently different types of herbs; in the medieval texts, there are many allusions to the significance of herbs and their possible use. Nowadays, any gardener would find highly beneficial to plant herbs because of their universal application in cuisine, medical treatment, even gardening. Thus, it is a great loss for the gardener not to have a small herb garden that would serve a particular function, especially when herb cultivation does not require much effort due to the fact that herbs mix well with other plants, and can be easily stored within the house.

Lets discuss how to start your herb garden. There are several ways how to store herbs. Usually, it is done either by cultivating a herb garden within the house (e.g., in the kitchen,) or in a small patch of an outdoor garden. A patch of four by six feet is sufficient to sustain a small family. Culinary herbs (both fresh and dried) are used mainly in cooking as a topping in a main course or in salads, or, for instance, to spice up a meal. Such herbs are quite of avail not only in cooking, but also for decorative use due to their distinctive odour and beauty that are fair enough reasons to cultivate them in one’s garden.

Furthermore, plants can be annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees, and herbs are no exception. In herb planting, it is worth to use well-drained soil. If soil is too puddled or heavy, it is necessary to add a manure. For many herbs, direct sunlight is preferable, but there are ones that require full or afternoon shade. Remarkably, the number of herb diseases and harmful insects is quite low. In dry, hot weather the possible threat for humble plants are red spider mites, aphids can harm dill, cumin, anise or fennel, and rust can adversely affect mint.

It is possible to cultivate herbs in different ways: they can be bought and replanted into an indoor garden or grown from a seed. The latter could be more enjoyable because it is possible to monitor the whole life cycle of a herb, and such experience can be very advantageous in terms of use of a herb in its stages of growth. The vast majority of herbs are grown from seeds. In order to do that, during the late winter months it is necessary to prepare a shallow pot or a box. As it has been stated before, in order to grow a lush herb garden, the soil should be well-drained and light. Root system of herbs is relatively shallow, that is why the seeds should be only slightly covered with soil, and, according to the established rule, finer seeds require shallower soil. In the spring, it is possible to replant the sprout to an outdoor garden, but it is worth to take into consideration the fact that some herbs, such as dill, fennel, anise and coriander, should not be replanted at all.

In conclusion, herb cultivation, without a doubt, is seemingly easy and a very beneficent experience; however, in order to be a successful gardener, it is necessary to acquire a lot more knowledge on herbs. This article is only an introductory article, and for the further information, please visit the rest of this site.