People have used herbs almost since the beginning, perhaps all the way back to the cave dwellers. Certainly there is evidence that the ancient Chinese and the ancient Egyptians used them.
They are mentioned in the Bible as well as in Medieval documents indicating they were used in most households. There are many different reasons to grow herbs. When people think of herbs usually the first thing that comes to mind is enhancing the flavor of food.
Then there are the herbal teas. Folks may not stop to think that potpourri is made from dried herbs. Herbs are grown for medicinal purposes. Some of the modern day medicine was derived from herbs. Herbs grown in your yard help to control pests. Herbs are grown for their beauty. There are so many good reasons to grow herbs.
Consider all the different ways to grow herbs. Of course, people think out in the back yard, but they can also be grown in containers on your patio or balcony.
You can even plant your herbs in a kitchen garden also in pots or in a window box. You can actually grow them anywhere in your home and add to the ambiance of the room in which they are located. If you decide to grow them outside you do not need to start a separate garden.
You can put them in your flower garden and they will feel right at home, they have flowers too. Some of the herbs work well as “companion plants” and will be right at home in your vegetable garden helping your vegetables to grow better.
There are annuals, biennials and perennials just like your vegetables and flowering plants. They should be planted in well drained loose soil. If your soil is compacted you can mix in some organic matter and that should solve it.
This is important to prevent root rot. Most herbs like a lot of sunshine when they are first planted, as much as 10 to 12 hours of it. There are some that will do fine with 5 or 6 hours per day as time goes on and yes, there are a few that will do well in shade.
Herbs are seldom bothered by insects or disease, but there are exceptions. If the weather is hot and dry spider mites might be found usually among the low growing plants. You might find Aphids on your caraway, anise, dill and fennel and rust might show up on the mint.
All and all growing herbs in your home herb garden is very rewarding in many ways. Not only do you enjoy the fruit of you labors but gardening is very relaxing. So what do you have to lose? Now is the time to get started.