Organic Herb Garden Ideas: How To Start An Organic Herb Garden

An Organic Herb Garden In A Raised Bed
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Herbs are a fantastic addition to the garden. If you are truly limited in space, they may be the only element of your garden. From their easy maintenance to their usefulness and fragrance, however, they are completely worth it, not to mention that organic herb garden ideas are endless. Keep reading to learn how to start an organic herb garden.

How to Start an Organic Herb Garden

Apart from convenience, one of the best things about growing your own food is that you know exactly what goes into producing it. Growing organic herbs in your garden is as easy as using only organic certified materials and avoiding non-certified ones. Since you’re in control, there are no surprise chemicals and being in control of herbs is so easy. Most of the popular herbs in Western cooking are native to the Mediterranean, so they thrive in similar conditions. This means well-drained neutral soil, preferably with some organic matter, like compost or manure. Herbs can be grown from seed or propagated from cuttings, divisions, or layering. Tarragon, chives, and mint all grow well from division. Lavender, sage, lemon balm, and rosemary can all be grown from cuttings. Layering, the process of starting roots from a branch that is still actively growing on the mother plant, works well for herbs with flexible stems, such as:

All other herbs can be sown from seed. If your area experiences hard winters, start your seeds indoors in late winter and transplant them outside when the weather warms. Anise, cilantro, fennel, and dill should be sown directly in the ground in the spring.

Growing Organic Herbs in Pots

Growing organic herbs in pots is a great alternative to planting them outdoors. Even if you have space in your garden, you may want to consider growing your herbs in containers. You can bring them inside to overwinter, and you can keep them on hand in or near your kitchen for cooking. Most herbs need at least six hours of direct sunlight, so make sure you have adequate space near a south-facing window for wintertime. If you don’t, invest in some grow lights to keep them happy. Make sure not to over fertilize-- herbs don’t really need fertilizer, and while it makes the leaves more plentiful, it makes the scented oils more diffuse. In containers, where fertilizer can build up, just skip it.

Liz Baessler
Senior Editor

The only child of a horticulturist and an English teacher, Liz Baessler was destined to become a gardening editor. She has been with Gardening Know how since 2015, and a Senior Editor since 2020. She holds a BA in English from Brandeis University and an MA in English from the University of Geneva, Switzerland. After years of gardening in containers and community garden plots, she finally has a backyard of her own, which she is systematically filling with vegetables and flowers.