In growing and planting herbs you will be choosing between two types of herbs – those that love moisture and those that don’t. You may wonder why there is so much fuss over moisture loving herbs versus those that don’t. After all, the plants that love moisture have been weeded out already, aren’t they? I tell you now, no they are not, and I’m not just saying that because I’m an herb gardening friend. No, what I’m saying is that herbs need proper drainage to thrive.
It’s true, as most herb gardeners know, that herbs do better in rich soil with a lot of moisture. Soil with more moisture has more nutrients in it and so does the soil that you’re using. Weeds cannot thrive in poor soil that lacks moisture. So, if you want your herbs to grow properly, then you’ve got to make sure you’re growing in the right soil and using the correct amount of water.
If you want to grow an herb that loves moisture, then you’ve got to be careful with your choice of herbs. Herbs literary and mint are perfect for growing in rich, moist soil because they are actually “greener” in nature than other herbs. They require less water to thrive. However, if you plant herbs that are like this and your soil has some other characteristics, such as clay or extremely high clay content, then these herbs won’t grow very well at all.
Some examples of herbs that are very drought friendly when growing in the soil but require lots of water are basil, oregano, sage, tarragon, thyme, oregano, chives, dill, marjoram, chervil, tarragon, and sage. You can see that these herbs have qualities in common when it comes to water. All of them require a relatively small amount of water during the growing season. In addition, they can survive even when it gets cold outside.
Herbs that are very water hungry are best planted in containers so they’ll be easier to take care of during the winter. They can be also divided into two groups, those with fairly mild growth habits and those with more aggressive growing habits. Basil, mint, and Rosemary are in the aggressive group. Mint can be grown in any type of soil, not just sandy. Rosemary, tarragon, and sage can all be grown in shady areas as long as there is enough moisture in the soil for them to survive.
When growing herbs, it’s important to keep in mind that you’ll need to provide them with the right kind of soil in order for them to grow properly. Most herbs like well-drained soil that is slightly acidic in nature. This makes it less likely for weeds to grow and for the roots to take root deeply.
There are many herbs that are perfect for container gardening. Cilantro, chives, dill, parsley, marjoram, and basil are all very popular herbs that make wonderful plants. You can place a single herb plant in a large container or mix up a mixture of different sizes by planting them together. If you are growing herbs for cooking, try using thyme, oregano, or sage. All of these herbs have strong flavors that go great mixed into sauces, soups, or other dishes. They are also good if you want to have your herbs around year-round as they are very useful as seasonings.
When growing herbs, be sure to use them in their most natural of forms. Be careful when you prune your plants because you don’t want to damage their roots. Always check with a local expert before you start growing any herbs because they each have unique needs and are quite different from one another.