Tips on cultivation: herbs

Location

Most herbs prefer sunny locations. Then they grow best and develop an intense aroma. Many herbs also feel comfortable in pots or bowls.

Watering and manuring

Herbs in general do not need much fertiliser. The soil can rather be barren than nutritious. Thus use special soil for herbs with slow-release fertiliser or improve the soil with propagation substrates.
Water moderately but do not let the pots dry out. Avoid water-logging.

Additional measures of cultivation

  • Since herbs usually tend to spread you should choose a distance of at least 30-40 cm between them when bedding out. Very vigorous are, e.g. mints.
  • Provide winter protection for your herbs by covering the ground with brushwood or foliage or wrap the plants with fleece on patios and balconies. Before winter the stems are cut near the ground. Non-hardy herbs like basil or rosemary continue growing in bright, frost-free winter gardens.

Harvesting and utilisation

The late morning sun is the best time for harvesting and drying fresh herbs. Plants are still tight and the flavors have fully developed. Fresh, spicy leaves can be harvested continuously. Basil, rosemary and parsley taste best when fresh. When dried, they lose lots of flavor. Herbs can be frozen in small cubes, this preserves the flavor. Oregano, thyme or sage are well suited for drying. The herbs should be placed upside down in a well ventilated, dry and shady location.

Herb spiral

Perfect for a herb garden is a herb spiral. It consists of a helically rising wall which can be made by yourself of rocks or bricks. The more the plants like the sun and the less modest they are, the higher they are planted on these spiral walls. Herbs which love shady places like chervil or cress are planted in the North, ones that love moist soil like mint or lovage are planted on plane soil. Sun-loving hebs like thyme, basil, lavernder or sage are planted right at the top in full sun since they can stand dry soil. Loosen the soil around the stones once a year and plant herbs like majoram, parsley or dill there. On the spiral itself the exuberant growth is only slowed down a little by harvesting or careful pruning. But in general the spiral is really easy to care for.

 

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