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Planning Your Herb Garden Layout

By Paul Courtney

Thankfully, planning the layout of your herb garden is not rocket science nor does it have to be like any of the magnificent garden of the world like Kew Gardens in England or the Longwood gardens in Pennsylvania. These gardens are artificial in nature and require the skill of professional horticulturists to grow and maintain them. Your herb garden layout is much simpler and will not require anywhere near as much work.

A real herb garden needs to still look and grow like they were meant to. Not only will this help the herbs, but will save your back. Let the herbs themselves help you plan your herb garden layout.

What Resources Are Available to You?


Take an honest look at what resources you have for your herb garden layout. If you already have a greenhouse, you have a great place for seedlings or herbs that need a more Mediterranean climate in order to grow, like basil. If you dont have a greenhouse or a large garden plot, away from car exhaust and tons of shade, then dont fret. Just use a simple steel rack and flowerpots in your kitchen or front porch as your portable herb garden layout. An herb garden doesnt have to be all in one patch of ground in order to be a useful, satisfying herb garden.

What Herbs To Grow?

Take a look at what herbs you usually use in your cooking and start from there. Now, if you want to grow mint, you must keep in mind that mint demands a lot of space and will choke any other herbs or flowers growing nearby so it needs to be in a space all on its own. However, herbs like parsley dont mind a little company.

As you can now see you just cant plant herbs willy-nilly into the ground. Thats an herb garden layout thats a recipe for disaster. You have to actually do some homework as to what kind of soil your herb prefers, how far apart it should be from other herbs, how much sunlight it needs, and when its growing season is.

As they say dont run before you can walk. Why not start of with a few hardy herbs such as thyme, parsley, chives and dill until you get the hang of it. Your herb garden layout will vary from season to season as your experience grows and understanding of what plants need to flourish. You will soon start to reap your harvest of fresh organic herbs and your cooking and life will be richer for it.

About the Author: Paul Courtney contributes articles to various publications mainly in the areas of alternative medicine, herbal medicine, herb gardens and organice and other health and wellness subjexts. Paul Courtney writes articles for various publications and is the main contributor to




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