Choose a location
You will need to plan where to plant your herbs in your yard as the first step in designing your own herb garden. Depending on how much space you have available and how many herbs you want to plant, there are several options at your disposal.
Here are some options of where to plant herbs:
- Plant your herb garden in a formal garden interspersed with flowers
- Dedicate a small patch outside your kitchen
- Add them to your vegetable garden
- Dedicate an entire garden bed to your herbs
Pro-tip: Carefully map out a blueprint for where you want your herb garden to be located to save you the hassle of changing its location.
Which herbs should you grow?
Most gardeners will choose herbs to grow based on kitchen use for a garden to table cooking experience. Whether you’re a novice or an expert at growing your produce, certain herbs are a staple to every herb garden.
These include sage, parsley, oregano, mint, coriander, basil, rosemary, thyme and chives. Most of these herbs can be bought from any gardening center or nursery.
Herbs can also be started from plant cuttings. For example, basil and mint are easy to root in a glass of water. Most herbs will grow well together, but try not to plant more than eight to ten different herbs species to save yourself from feeling overwhelmed.
Planting your herbs
Focus on the growth habits of individual herbs to decide where you should plant them in your herb garden. As a general rule of thumb, the taller herbs (high-growing varieties such as angelica) are planted at the back or in the middle of the garden bed.
Meanwhile, the shorter herbs (low-growing herbs such as parsley and chives) are positioned closer to the front. This arrangement helps ensure that you can soak in your herb garden’s colorful foliage beauty, and access them for use as required.
However, most of your herbs will be medium-sized (1- 3 feet/30 cm – 1 meter in height), which means in most cases you won’t have to worry too much about where to plant them.
Herbs require ample light so don’t shy away from using grow lights if you are growing them indoors. Be on the lookout for aphids and spider mites as these can wreak havoc in your garden.
Remember that most herbs prefer soft, fast-draining soil that does not hold moisture for too long. Once your herbs begin growing, you will only need to fertilize their soil once or twice a month with liquid fertilizer.