Assuming you are interested in growing herbs, you must have already have some kind of herbs in mind you wish to grow in the garden. But, before you plant your herbs in garden soil or containers, it is very important to place the herbs in a group where they are compatible with each other. To plant many herbs in a group, you need to consider the space between the herb plants, their light requirement, and check if they can grow with each other in harmony, without disturbing each other’s growth. So, first of all make a list of the herbs you wish to grow, then form groups according to the common light requirements and the compatibly factor. Some herbs prefer full sun, some do good in partial shade.
For herbs that prefer partial shade, you can plant them on a patio, or under a tree, or create a shade so that the herbs get filtered light. If you want to learn container herb gardening, then go with herbs like basil, lemon thyme and chives and place them in a box near a sunny window. If you want herbs that have beautiful fragrance then lavender, rosemary herb and sage are great choices which can be grown in full sun. Mint can be grown in a shaded area, or in a container. Certain herbs attract bees like bergamot, catmint, sweet marjoram which can be grown in sun or partial shade. If you want to grow insect repelling plants than consider citronella, lemongrass or sage.
After you are done with the important first step of selection of the herbs for your outdoor or indoor herb gardening, it is time to prepare the soil. If you are planting herbs on ground soil, pour a layer of compost on the soil. Then loosen it up, so that the soil becomes well drained, and the composting fertilizer gets mixed in it. Herbs prefer a well drained soil, and fertilizer will nourish the plants and help to grow them well. For container gardening, select pots which are big sized and made of clay and have sufficient holes in it to allow drainage of water. It is important that you select big containers because smaller containers can stunt the growth of plants.
Select healthy and strong plants, bulbs or seeds of the individual herbs. Plant them by maintaining approximately 3-4 feet diameter distance between each herb. Plant the herbs in their particular season, and use a water can or hose for supplying water to the plant. Make sure you don’t over water the plants, as it can lead to diseases. To check for the watering time, use a wooden rod or pencil and insert it in the ground, if you find the top 2-3 inches of the soil layer to be dry, then provide water. Also keep in check the temperature and humidity levels.
Follow the above steps and you can grow herbs of your choice in containers or on a bed. For harvesting, wait till the plant has reached to a height of six to eight inches, and then cut one-third of the branches.