Herb Gardens: How To Plant And What To Grow

Herbs have been used for centuries. They heal our health and add special flavors to meals, they make our window sills and flower beds neat and beautiful and can fill our apartments with magnificent odors when dried and put in sachet bags. Basically, a herb is any plant that can be useful as a food additive, a coloring agent, a medication or an odorant. Leaves, flowers, seeds, roots, and stems – everything matters. On top of everything else, herbs are just beautiful.

outdoor herb garden

If you consider the idea of growing fresh herbs all year round, read this article about how to start a herb garden and grow plants there. Given that you provide enough sunshine, water, oxygen and other nutrients, a herb garden will not take much time and money, but will surely recoup your effort and bring both benefit and enjoyment. Besides, you can be sure of the fact that your herbs contain no pesticides or plant hormones.

What herbs to grow: 7 top plants for your herb garden

A complete beginner will probably feel at a loss choosing the plants for a brand new herb garden. These are the most popular options for you to start with.

  1. Oregano
    Oregano plants can be grown both outdoors and indoors. When planted in a pot and placed on a south-facing window, oregano can be a perfect contribution to your meals and interior design.
  2. Rosemary
    First, a cutting of rosemary must be rooted in a moistened soilless mix. Then you can place it in a sunny kitchen window to enjoy its immense health benefits and a fresh smell throughout the cold season.
  3. Basil
    Basil is a perennial plant that likes sun and warmth and can be grown in a pot on your window sill or in a bed outside.
  4. Chives
    Chives can be replanted in a pot at the end of a growing season. As soon as the leaves die, you can move the pot to a cool place, possibly your basement, and after a few days display them on a sunny window.
  5. Chervil
    Chervil seeds can be planted in late summer or early autumn and then grown on a window sill in low light and warm temperatures.
  6. Parsley
    You can start parsley seeds or replant a clump of parsley roots in early autumn to be placed in a window facing eastwards or westwards.
  7. Sage
    Just like many other herbs, it will feel great facing the south. Sage prefers dry air and tolerates high temperatures.

How to plant your herb garden?

There are a few important tips about planting and growing herb gardens that will influence the result significantly.

First, you need to choose the best location in terms of having full sun or morning sun and afternoon shade. In most cases, there should be at least four hours of sun a day.

Next, you should prepare the soil and the pots. The soil should be loosened and drained well; adding compost and fertilizers will make it more productive. The pots should have the right sizes depending on the herb roots and the plants itself.

Finally, get strong healthy plants or seeds and water them when they get dry. The plants should get enough water without being overwatered. Check the soil often to maintain optimal growing conditions for your plants.

In outdoor gardens, most herbs do not like windy or exposed sites and will feel protected and sheltered when grown next to walls and buildings.

New Squaw Valley Herb Gardens Coming Soon

Thanks for visiting our website. Old Squaw Valley Herb Gardens were closed at the end of 2014, but now we are working on completely new gardens.

Our new site is on its way and we will keep updating you here about our plans and new ideas. We are going to post a lot of interesting information about herbs, so don’t forget to check our updates regularly.

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Original Squaw Valley Herb Gardens were established in 1984 by two artists Tim Friesen and Rosemary Nightingale. It was located 20 miles from Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks and had a gift shop, organic herb nursery, and a potting shed, surrounded by Lavender field, clustered oak trees, meadow and creek. This place was created to experience the beauty and aromas of the nature, nourish your heart, delight your senses far away from the madding crowd, relax, refresh and be inspired.

Squaw Valley Herb Gardens had offered such activities:

  • Garden Tour: 2-hour stroll through herb gardens among wonderful plants, with storytelling and demonstration of various herbal remedies and recipes accompanied by delicious tastings and teas.
  • Lavender Tour: 3-hour stroll with explanation of how to grow Lavender plant, harvest it and use in culinary and medicine; with unveiling few household remedies and recipes, making gifts and savoring a lavender-inspired lunch with herbal teas.
  • Sequoia Groves: tour to Giant Sequoias to discover the largest trees on earth with remarkable storyteller and herb-inspired box lunch.
  • Culinary Tour: a Garden Tour extended with a delicious, herb-inspired, organic, vegetarian, seasonal lunch.
  • Children and Student Tour: a customized Garden Tour for groups of young people.
  • Wreath-making classes.
  • Herbalists retreat.
  • Gift shopping of handmade products made of herbs.

Tours were held April through October with no regular business hours. Pets, smoking, bringing drinks and making phone calls were not allowed to keep the cleanliness, natural aromas, peace and quiet of the place.

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