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Spice and medicinal herbs delight the eye with their variety of colours, the senses with their fragrance and relieve some physical suffering with their beneficial active ingredients. As seasoning or decoration on delicate dishes they round off the most delicious dishes. No wonder that the Trend of growing healthy herbs directly in your own herb garden is becoming more and more popular. This is even possible in the middle of the city, because fresh herbs also thrive on the balcony. However, you should observe some rules when planning and creating a herb garden.
Plan your herbal garden: the herbal selection
When you create a herb garden, some factors play a role in the planning. The first question you need to ask yourself is: what herbs do I want to plant, and what needs do you have? Because it makes a difference whether you want to grow heat-loving rosemary or water-thirsty watercress. Sage and Oregano need a place in the sun and rather dry soil, while parsley, borage and chives need plenty of water. Coriander and Pimpinelle again prefer calcareous soils. And not all herbs like to stand next to each other. For example, peppermint and chamomile do not get along very well. Dill and tarragon as well as marjoram and thyme do not like to stand side by side in the bed.
As a rule of thumb: do not mix annual and perennial herbs, but form small groups. So it’s best to make a list of your favorite herbs and their requirements for substrate, space and solar yield. Then group all the herbs that fit well together (for example oregano, thyme and savory or hyssop with lavender) and finally choose the right location for your herb bed based on your considerations.
The shape and location of the herb garden
Then you should think about the desired appearance and the location of the herb garden. If you do not want to plan your own herb garden, you can fall back on tried and tested bed types. Popular are, for example, the elegant herbal spirals, in which the herbs are planted in a spiral shape. You can also easily build such a herbal spiral yourself. Or have you ever seen a”” herb wheel””? The herbs are distributed in a circular bed as in the spokes of a wheel. But you can also combine kitchen and medicinal herbs as a mixed crop with vegetables and other plants, divide them into rectangles strictly according to the type of farmer’s garden or arrange them according to the type of Far Eastern harmony theory “”Feng Shui””.