It’s National Herb Month! What better way is there to celebrate than to learn about the benefits of eating herbs, and learning about building your very own herb garden! Most articles about healthy eating focus on fruits and vegetables, but don’t include another healthy item – the herb! And, because most herbs have a short shelf life, it is much more cost effective to grow your own. You don’t need a large space to devote to this endeavor, read below to start gardening with tips from PlantCatalyst®.
What are Herbs?
Herbs are distinguished from vegetables because they provide a flavor to your dish instead of being the main ingredient. Some herbs are used for medicinal purposes, either orally or topically. Common herbs include:
- Bay Laurel
What are the Benefits of Herbs?
Fresh herbs have anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial properties that keep us from getting sick, as well as help us to get healthier faster if we do catch an infection or a bug. They are high in trace minerals, have a high content of B-vitamins and contain antioxidants that fight free radicals responsible for making us age and succumb to certain health ailments.
How Do You Grow Herbs in Your Garden?
Herbs are very easy to grow, and all that is required is sunshine, water, soil that has good drainage and a little care. While you can grow herbs in pots, which are convenient for extremely tight spaces, you can also create an in-ground herb garden, which allows the herbs to spread, just follow these steps:
- Find the Proper Location
Find a sunny spot, yet one that is cool enough that temperatures stay under 90 degrees. If you live in a warm part of the country, such as Southern California or Florida, choose a spot where the sun shines in the morning, yet is shady in the afternoon.
- Focus on the Soil
Loosen the soil with a large garden fork, which gives the soil an opportunity to drain well and provides ample room for roots. To maximize drainage potential and add healthy matter, mix in compost to the soil.
- Plant the Herbs
When planting, choose well-draining soil and plant each herb at least 3 to 4 feet apart, as it will spread out. While cilantro, chives and dill will need less room, rosemary, mint and sage will need up to 4 feet of space.
- Add PlantCatalyst®
Our agricultural product will perfect your herb garden in numerous ways. First, it can be used to reduce the amount of traditional fertilizer used, which has been found to lead to adverse health and environmental effects.
Although you will use up to half of your fertilizer, PlantCatalyst® will help your herbs germinate faster and stronger, reduce growing times and increase yield and overall production.
This formula helps gardeners grow healthier and stronger plants by enhancing root growth. Purchase this product for your garden to discover what the professional growers around the world have known for decades, that PlantCatalyst® can show an increase of 40 to 50 percent upon harvest time!
- Water Sparingly
While herbs require some watering, you should not over water. Only water when the top layers of the soil become dry, and do so sparingly.
Give the herbs ample time to grow, and don’t harvest until they reach at least 6 inches in height. When they do, cut up to ⅓ of the branches close to the leaves. Cut only as much as you need, as herbs lose their nutrients and vitamins when they are not fresh.