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10 Secrets to herb Gardening

10 Secrets to herb Gardening

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10 Secrets tosuccessful HerbGardening
Stop! Before you take the shovel, before you plant a single herb. Stop toconsider why you want an herb garden. What are your intentions for plantingthese marvelous plants?Are you planning on using them both fresh and dried for culinary purposes -- toadd to your meals to enhance the flavors? Are you planning on making flavoredoils or vinegars to present to friends and family members as gifts (while keepinga couple stashed for yourself?)Or have you discovered the many natural health benefits of herbs and would liketo grow your own to brew teas, infusions, pastes to use to help your minor healthconditions?Oh, yes, it does matter! First, you may be planting totally different plants if your aim is to embolden your entrees than to empower your health.Here are just a few of the different "classes" of herbs, each used for a differentreason"Culinary herbs -- sometimes referred to as sweet herbs - are those plants,whether they be annual, biennial or perennial, that have tender roots or ripeseeds. They also possess an aromatic flavor (yes, they smell darned good!) andthey have a great flavor.Medicinal herbs are grown with the intent of eventual use to remedy specifichealth conditions, from serious heart related problems or the pain of arthritis toloss of energy or memory.Ornamental herbs. Just as the name implies, these herbs are grown with theintent of pure enjoy. They're cherished for their beauty.Then there are the herbs that are grown in order to enjoy a great cup of tea. Andbelieve it or not, there are gorgeous, imaginatively designed gardens, grown for this express purpose.The herbs you ultimately grow depend on large part, which class of herbs youwant.
Just where you place your garden can be as serious a question to the noviceherbal gardener as why you want to grow herbs in the first place.When you envision an herb garden you may think of a large, English estate,whose acreage is covered with a myriad of various plants -- a private botanicalgarden, if you will.And you may get disappointed because you just can't create that same look.Especially if you live on the 10th floor of an efficiency apartment in the middle of Manhatten!1. How large of a space do you have for your garden (don't be ashamed to sayjust a small balcony in the middle of a large city!)2. How much sun does it get? Is it predominantly sunny or are there more totalhours of shade?3. Growing zone are you in? (You can find this out by going to:http://www.usna.usda.gov/Hardzone/ushzmap.html 4. How are you planning to spend time in your garden? How do you intend touse your garden?5. What type of soil do you have?As you answer these questions, you'll be able to tell whether you possess theright outdoor environment for growing herbs in your yard. If all the conditions,can't be met and you're still determined to grow outside, don't fret. It can bedone.

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