This section is the fun section. And here’s what I did:
1 – Dug holes in between the paving stones where I was planting the herbs
2 – Filled these holes with a mixture of potting soil, river sand and top soil (ratio of 1:1:5)
3 – Made space in the “now filled in” holes for the herbs to be planted (as they are fully grown already)
4 – Put the herbs in the holes in the new mixture, keeping as much of the original soil that the herbs came in as possible
5 – Filled the gaps around the herbs with more top soil and patted it down to get rid of air pockets around the roots
6 – Watered the herbs thoroughly – You will need to do this almost daily, depending on sun exposure and temperature, until the herbs have settled in.
As you can see in the picture below, the herb garden is already taking shape nicely.
It probably seems strange that this step would come at this part of the process. The reason I am doing this now is because My “soil” is not really soil, more a sandy clay. So, instead of digging the whole section up and replacing this mixture with proper soil (obviously a preferred process), I’ve decided to only use soil where I am planting the herbs.
So, as you can see in the images below, I am creating “sections” where I will be putting each type of herb.
Well, you will only need this step if you have grass in the area that you want to create your herb garden in. As you can see in my photos, I did. This section is probably the hardest/longest part of creating the herb garden, so if you don’t have to do this, lucky you. One thing I could recommend doing is searching for a Garden Service in your area. There are normally a lot of gardening services that would be willing to come out for a day to do a job in your garden when needed.
Before we begin, what you will need for this section are some basic garden tools, namely a spade and a garden fork. Also, if you can water the grass so that it is completely wet, this will make life a lot easier when cutting/lifting the grass out.
When building a herb garden, as with anything, you have to start off at the beginning. And, in this case, the beginning is: “Where should my herb garden grow?”
– Remember, as I mentioned in my “Herb Garden in 24 hours” post, you will need to decide what type of herbs you would like to grow.
Want to know how to create a herb garden in 24 hours? Hopefully this series of articles will help you do this. Herbs are always a good thing to have in your garden. There are medicinal herbs, culinary herbs, and, of course, there are the spices. Sometimes it’s good to mix herbs and spice, especially if you enjoy that extra bit of flavour in your food…
Some reasons for growing a herb garden are: