You might already have quite a variety of plants in your backyard, but having a herb garden is a different level all on its own.
When it comes to sunflowers, tomatoes or even lettuces, some people might still need to ask themselves a couple of times if they are really up to the challenge. However, when a herb garden is the one in question, we all want to say yes.
There is only one problem though. Taking care of a herb garden is not as easy as one thinks. Sure, you’re a gardener. You probably know a thing or two about proper gardening at this point.
Herb gardening, however, requires a different level of skillset. So, in this post, we’re going to give you some pointers on the kind of mistakes you need to avoid as you set forth with your herb garden.
1. Buying Unhealthy Herbs
We all know the first step to starting a herb garden is visiting the nearest plant store. But no matter how easy it is to pick out some herbs, you still need to be critical when it comes to what you put in your garden.
It’s entirely different from picking out seeds. At this point, you also need to look at the foliage, the brightness of the colors, as well as signs of bug infestation. The last thing you want is to put something in your garden that already has a lot of issues as it is.
As a gardener, you might be tempted to take a little sick herb home. You should, however, continue to remind yourself to prevent these kinds of sympathy because whatever illnesses these little shrubs have can easily be transferred to all the plants you have back home.
2. Planting The Herbs Wherever You Want
There are different kinds of herbs. So, you need to study carefully the kind of herb you want to plant. Your findings should give you a good idea of the best place of where to start the garden.
Depending on the kind of herbs you intend to plant, you might need to prepare either a warm or moist place for your herbs to dwell in. It could be a place of sunshine or one that has a decent amount of shade.
For instance, if you intend to plant rosemary, you should avoid putting it in a humid or moist area. Otherwise, the plant would die in about two weeks due to wet feet.
Plants usually grow better in a sunny area, but if you want to raise a garden in a shady area, you need to look for herbs that can stand that kind of environment. Otherwise, if you put a sun-loving plant there, it will grow pale and weak in no time.
3. Not Pruning The Herbs Enough
We know that as a gardener, among the things you are obsessed with are plant nutrients and fertilizers. There is one more thing. However, that can significantly boost the growth mechanism of plants – pruning.
You want your herb to grow wider, not taller. When you do not prune your herbs, the plant will grow taller, but the leaves will age much faster as well. With that, you won’t get to enjoy seeing your herbs grow in its full maturity and beauty.
4. Overcrowding The Herbs
Having a herb garden for the first time can be a mesmerizing experience. In line with that, you may find yourself addicted to buying new herbs each time you step into the plant market.
We warn you, however, to resist the urge to plant as many herbs all in one place. It might be thrilling to see all your herbs there, but it can severely harm the growth of your plants.
The garden will become overcrowded and it would limit the plants’ capacity to grow in its full maturity. You might as well underplant rather than overcrowd your herbs.