Jekka’s tips on starting a culinary herb garden: planning, planting, m
There are hardly any amateur gardeners and garden owners who have not thought about creating a herb garden to benefit from their own and fresh herbs year after year. They are constantly fresh, you can combine and cultivate herbs, medicinal herbs or kitchen herbs together and can set very decorative accents even in the raised bed, a herbal spiral, herbal snail or herbal Tower.
Even those who do not have a place in the garden or would like to make a few attempts with garden herbs, can realize the idea of their own herb garden even in the kitchen, on the balcony or even in the greenhouse. You can find out how this works best, which herbs fit together best and what it all has to be considered here with us in this article.
Good to know: the first pure herb gardens in history go back to medieval monastic Gardens, which were built in knitted geometric Form. For the most part, medicinal herbs were grown here for medicinal purposes, but later also for seasoning food
Today, herb cultivation has arrived in many private gardens, simply because it is not only fun to grow, grow and consume your own, but because you have fresh ingredients for cooking right outside the door, you can create an optical demarcation in typical gardens completely new fragrance impressions by beautifully growing herb plants arise.
Create your own herb garden
For beginners, it is always quite difficult to find the right location and the right combination of herbs species. Basically, there is no such thing as a perfect guide, because every garden is very individual, every soil has special characteristics and every gardener pursues different goals with the planting.
The following possibilities exist, in principle, to create a herb garden :
Creating in the raised bed
On the balcony
On The Slope
In The Pot
In a herb snail
In a herbal spiral
In The Herb Tower
Most herbs differ greatly in terms of location requirements, soil, water requirements, heat sensitivity and resistance to drought.
Here we have put together a step-by-step Plan with which you can create your own herb garden conveniently, quickly and easily.
Choice of location
The most common mistake is already made here at the first step, because not all herb species have the same claims regarding location. Many like it bright and sunny, but not with complete direct sun, others prefer semi-shade with wet or nutrient-poor soils. So if there is no large selection of locations for a herb bed, the herbs themselves must be selected later on based on the existing location in order to thrive perfectly.
Ideally, choose a bright spot that enjoys a certain partial shade through bushes or trees during the midday sun. So you have the largest selection for planting. This applies equally whether Bed, Raised Bed, pot or spiral. On balconies you don’t have much choice because the location is fixed. Here it is important to find the best species for the given location.
Which herbs / choice of herbal types
As already mentioned before, one should urgently select the herbs according to the given location and climatic conditions and not according to how beautiful or extraordinary the herb type is. Mediterranean herbs in Germany simply do not grow perfectly or far worse than they could and in the shade not at all. This is no fun and quickly leads to Demotivation and death of the useful plants.
Furthermore, herbs should be selected for your own garden, which you really use and want to have. Just because they are thriving here right now doesn’t mean that you want to eat them, cook them, process them or use them for a tea. Those who cook a lot are very well served with chives, marjoram, basil, thyme, parsley and Oregano.
Furthermore, there is to be noted in the selection that garden herbs have different life expectancies and do not last forever. A distinction is made between one-year, two-year and perennial representatives.