Today we are going to follow the insights of the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, who supposedly once said “Erst kommt das Fressen, dann die Moral,” which very freely translated means that a happy stomach is more important than the nicest surrounding 😊
By growing your very own herb garden, you can even have it both – a happy stomach and a beautiful home!
And in case you need further
convincing, growing your own herbs is not only a fun thing to do, it is even much
cheaper than buying them in the supermarket. So you got some money left to
hard to read German literature other fun things to do (like
stuffing your home with even more green contemporaries).
Check out our ten top tips on how to successfully grow your own herb garden in your home:
To set up your first own herb garden, you don’t need to have much free space. You can easily grow them in a hanging garden on any wall that receives at least four hours sunshine per day. But please make sure to use a container with holes in the bottom (or just drill them yourself if using a pot made out of plastic), so that there is always good drainage.
2. Mixed seedlings
You can freely mix the herbs that you want to grow, only be careful only when choosing them if they got to share the same pot. For instance, mint has invasive roots that destroy those of other species. Therefore, it should be planted alone, just like parsley too. It’s better to grow the ones that you consume more in a separate container. Some mixtures that work good: rosemary, thyme and sage; basil, anise, carqueja and sage; basil, marjoram and chives.
3. Natural fertilizers
Obviously, you want your herb garden to be 100% organic. In addition to neem oil, which acts as a natural pesticide and fertilizer, you can use worm humus or castor meal that makes the leaves large and robust. But please keep in mind: castor meal is toxic to animals and children when ingested!
4. Half shade
A suitable place to have a garden provides at least four hours of sunshine a day to your herbs. Although with lavender, thyme, lemon thyme, rosemary, lemongrass and citronella there are some wind resistant, species opt for a somewhat sheltered place in order to keep all your herbs happy – plus, you don’t want the good smells that they produce all being carried away by a strong wind.
5. Easy drainage
A well-drained pot excludes one of the most common problems for herbs in general: root rot.
6. Drastic pruning
This rule should be very easy to follow: eat plenty of them. The more they are consumed, the greater the stimulation to produce new leaves. If you didn’t have the time to use them plenty in your kitchen, opt for vigorous pruning. Cut the leaves and very soon they will grow new ones.
7. Neat soil
At least 70% of your success as an herb gardener comes from the right soil preparation. It needs to have a balanced fertilization. Mix two parts common ground, one part organic compost (or earthworm humus) and one part sand. There shouldn’t be any stones in it and the soil must be very soft so that the small roots will find a clear path to grow.