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Growing Herbs

By Edited May 18, 2015 0 0

Growing herbs can be very rewarding.  Herbs are plants known for their culinary and medicinal uses.  The use of herbs can be dated to ancient times.  It is classified according to its use such as medicinal, culinary, pest control and sacred herbs. 

Culinary herbs are used for cooking to add flavor to the food.  Examples of these are basil, thyme, rosemary, marjoram and tarragon.  Sage, calendula, chamomile and lavender are classified as medicinal herbs, they are used to treat some common health problems as well as other diseases. 

The use of medicinal herbs has been known as an alternative form of medicine.  Herbs are also associated with religion like frankincense and myrrh in Christianity.  Peppermint, mint and spearmint are ones that serve as pest control.  They repel many kinds of pests such as flies, tick, ants and mice, among others.  With all the benefits they give, growing herbs may be the next big thing to happen in healthy living.

Growing herbs is easy.  Herb gardens can either be indoor or outdoor.  They can be placed anywhere inside the house or in the garden and can be planted in pots and containers or along with other plants.  Picking what which ones to grow is essential.  Pick herbs according to what you intend to use.

 After choosing what to grow, the next stage is to have a layout of the herb garden itself.  Having a plan allows the garden owner to arrange the herbs according to their specific needs.  Some types need partial shade like parsley and mustard while others like sage and thyme need the full sun. 

The preparation of the soil is also important in growing herbs.  Although most types can grow in any kind of soil, it helps to have a nutrient rich soil when planting.  If the soil is not fertile, organic fertilizer can be applied.  Feeds can be applied to increase leaf production.  However, be careful not to overdo it.  Too much fertilizer like compost can affect the taste of the herbs.  Also, when growing herbs in pots and containers, it is better to use soil compost because containers have the tendency to dry out.  The soil compost retains moisture so the herbs can grow effectively.  Containers also tend to be hot. 

Water the herbs during the day so when the temperature rises, it has enough water to keep it cool.  Like any other type of gardening, growing herbs require attention and maintenance.  They need sunlight and water in the same way that other plants do.  Herbs that are well taken care of will grow healthy. 

Herbs are useful in many ways.  They enhance the flavor of food and can be a potent source of vitamins and minerals.  They provide nutrients that some food does not provide.   Owning an herb garden not only adds beauty to any home or garden but is also one step to living healthy. Growing herbs allows people to maximize their beneficial uses without having to spend too much. 



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