You might be considering developing a garden but you are not sure if you can commit to the time and effort. If that is the way it is you might want to create an herb garden instead. Although it might not sound like much, if you work with herbs in your cooking, you will always have fresh herbs. Luckily, there are many herbs that you can decide to have in your garden. You can start off by picking out herbs that you typically use to cook with.
By doing this your herbs will be fresh and you won't need to pay for them at the grocery store. At first, you might want to start with the fundamentals like dill, mint, sage, chives, rosemary or parsley. Your soil will need good waterflow and drainage, in the area you want to put your herb garden, because when the soil becomes saturated, and stays that way, your plants won't grow up to be very healthy. When it looks like the water is not draining, you can dig about a foot deep into the soil and add a layer of crushed rocks then cover it up with soil. The water is able to drain correctly and your plants will begin to grow well.
You might be tempted to shop for plants from the store that are more expensive, when you are ready to start planting, but you shouldn't do that. You will be better off buying the seeds instead and they are a lot less expensive. Selected herbs evolve really fast, like mint, which could take over your whole garden in only days. Potent plants have to be planted in pots, with holes in the bottom for drainage, and this will prevent the problem. You have to be cautious when you are gathering the herbs you have worked hard to grow. When the plants may not be healthy enough, they could die if you start picking on the leaves.
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It is most likely best not to touch your herbs for a couple of months before you begin using them. If you try this, your plant is going to continue generating healthily for years. As soon as they are sturdy enough, you'll be able to use the herbs for cooking. Before you use certain herbs, you will need to dry them first by putting them on a cookie sheet and baking them in an oven for two to four hours at a temperature of 170 degrees Fahrenheit. After you've dried them, you will be completely ready to use them in your cooking.
If you enjoy using herbs in your cooking and you like to have a garden, working on an herb garden is a good idea. The primary start up will require some work. From then on all that is left will be to reap the herbs and then dry them.