When I transformed our garden 4 years ago to raised beds the herbs were established first and if you can believe it this was in the fall when things were a bit wet and messy on the farm.
Now a few years later I’m reminded that growing a bed of herbs offers great value towards healthier living.
Since that first bed was established I later moved it to a new location in the garden and finally decided the perfect spot would be the center, right next to my sitting space. The lighting is perfect here for all types of perennial and annual herbs.
This time of year most of my annuals have already been harvested leaving plenty of room for the others to sprawl.
Beginning an Herb Bed
Growing a bed of herbs begins with a good foundation; decide on a couple things first; this would include location and your bed frame.
Materials can be anything from wood, large galvanized tubs, rock or even landscaping timbers. Once you choose the materials it’s time to put them in place.
Building raised beds is easy – check out this tutorial here.
Many times before securing the raised bed, you’ll want to break the ground first. This can be done with a shovel or tiller and once finished just set the frame on top.
Filling in the Raised Bed
Herbs are very forgiving and quite honestly your soil doesn’t have to be amazing in the beginning stages to experience great results. Establishing a new bed includes three simple ingredients.
- Natural matter and Direct Compost
- Lots of Dirt
- Animal fertilizer.
More details on beginning a raised bed can be found here.
If you’re beginning this bed in the fall then focus energy on perennials. Herbs like, thyme, rosemary, oregano, peppermint, sage, parsley and lemon balm are easy to find in 4 inch pots at most nurseries.
Planting is a matter of digging a hole and adding your plant, it’s that simple!
Before you know it your herb garden will be full of lush beauty, especially if you live in the southern states.
If you’re starting this bed in the spring the same plants apply and even more will be available because you can expand with annual herbs.
Annuals can be added by seed or 4 inch plants.
Things to Remember
- Allow plenty of space between plants because herbs grow fast and large.
- Growth is slow during the fall and winter.
- Growth will explode in the spring and summer.
- Cover the base of the bed with a nice mulch to keep weeds away and protection from harsh temperatures.
- Water when necessary.
- Naturally fertilize the soil at least twice a year in the winter and late summer.
If you have an existing space in our yard that needs a little something think about adding herbs, these plants are easy to care for and you’ll definitely enjoy their healthy goodness year round. I LOVE cooking with fresh Herbs.
To learn more about growing herbs visit my Herb and Flowers link under Gardening on the Tabs bar.