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How to Build a Basic Herb Garden

Making a basic herb garden is not difficult. You can do it in your own yard or in containers if you do not have much space available.
In any case you are going to need certain elements such as: 

- seeds or plants (of fresh herbs)

- soil

soil photo

- fertilizer

- containers

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- garden spade

Garden spade picture

This is a small sawtooth coriander garden created at home.

Herb garden at home

Container Gardening

1. You can begin by filling a clay or favorite container with potting mix. This type of soil is specially prepared for growing plants in containers and is a bit different from normal soil. As you fill the containers leave some space from the top.

2. Make a small hole in the soil at the center of the container. Put some seeds in the hole and cover it with soil. Identify each one by writing a label on it. That way you will remember the type of herbs that are on each container.

3. Pour water on all containers and cover them with a plastic lid. There are many small sizes available with plastic lids; if you can’t find them you can always use a plastic wrap. The important thing is to make sure it allows sunlight to get through.

4. Once you cover them; place the containers near a window or any other area where they can get good sunlight. When you see the small sprouts; remove the lid or plastic cover.

5. Check the soil on a regular basis and make sure it doesn’t get dry, by adding water whenever necessary. Harvest the leaves just before blooming and you are set.

Outside Gardening

What to do: 

1. The first step to make an outside basic herb garden is to pick the location where you want to grow your plants. Make sure the designated area in your yard receive a decent amount of sunlight. Also keep in mind that plants need some space between them; 5 cm in every direction should be enough for small herbs. Bigger herbs require 10 cm in all directions to grow well.

2. Next, you have to choose if you are going to use seeds or small plants.

3. Once you decide, is time to prepare the garden. Plow the soil and add some fertilizer. This is a must to do as you want the soil to have all necessary nutrients for the plants to grow healthy.

4. In this step of building a basic herb garden you need to make the holes. You will dig them depending on the size of the seed and the type of plant.

5. If the seeds are very small, you only need to press them gently against the soil. Bigger seeds need to be buried in a hole that is approximately 2 to 3 times its size. Small plants that are being transferred from a container to a garden have to be put in a hole that is also 2 to 3 times the area covered by the root. Any space that is left has to be filled with soil. Carefully distribute the remaining soil around the plant and water it.

6. Keep an eye on your plants and make sure they get some water a few times a week.

7. As soon as you can see the first sign of blooming; take the leaves that you need. Let the plant grow and wait for the next batch.

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