Top Tips For Starting Your Very Own Herb Garden

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As of September, Spring will officially have sprung in Australia and if you’ve always dreamt of building your own herb garden now is the perfect time.

Not only will you save yourself some extra cash (those pre-packed supermarket herbs are pricey!), you’ll also get the satisfaction of eating produce you have grown yourself, which is completely organic and tastes a million times better.

Here are our 5 key tips for you to grow for happy and healthy herbs

1. Find a space
A great place for a herb garden is in the garden! But if you have a smaller garden, you can grow your herbs in pots, on a balcony, a sunny windowsill or even a raised veggie patch. By raising the herbs off the ground, you’ll protect them from weeds, areas with poor soil or drainage, plus they look great!

2. Sunlight
Most herbs require a minimum of 6 hours full sunlight per day with the exception of some- mint, parsley, chervil and coriander will grow in part shade.

3. Good soil drainage
Make sure you plant your herbs in free-draining soil. If they are in pots or raised beds, make sure they have plenty of drainage holes and use a premium potting mix designed for herbs.

Don’t forget to mulch around your plants to help retain moisture and protect from snails and insects.

4. Fertiliser
Most herbs do well without additional fertilisers especially if the soil prior to planting has been improved with compost matter. Herbs such as coriander, parsley and rocket will do well with some liquid fertiliser.

5. Water
Water in young plants, keeping the soil moist until the plant is well established. Once the herbs are established, water 1-2 times a week or as necessary.

If you are growing in pots, you will need to water them more often as the soil can dry out faster.

Want to do something a little out of the ordinary with your herb garden? Companion planting is becoming a huge trend in the gardening realm. By pairing particular plants, their individual pest resistant properties will benefit each other- plus it looks great!

Pair Yarrow with aromatic herbs, cucumber with basil and dill, apple trees with chives, apricot trees with basil, tomatoes with basil, climbing beans with parsley, cabbage and broccoli with coriander, mint, sage and rosemary, chilli with carrots, the list goes on!

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