Grow a Home Herb Garden

It’s so easy to grow your own home herb garden that you will know how to do it by the time you get to the bottom of this article. Wow that’s a grand statement I better live up to it because I don’t want to lose my credibility with you. So let’s get started.

First off make a list of what herbs you would like. A good way to do that is check the herbs you already have and use right now in your kitchen. If there’s an herb you use a lot and you are getting low add it to your list. If there is an herb you would like to try add it to your list. However you don’t have to limit yourself to just culinary herbs. You should consider growing some medicinal herbs as they provide health benefits. Maybe you want to grow herbs that give off a nice fragrances, that would be nice for a indoor home herb garden or how about an herb for tea like delicious mint. Let your imagination go because you can grow any herb in a home herb garden.

Now that you have your list you can get them all or you can narrow it down to your top 3 choices. You will know what is best when you finish this article.

Bring your list to the nursery and get your herbs. You can get seeds which come in packets or you can seedlings, which are already growing herbs that come in little tiny pots. Get some bigger pots for your herbs to grow into and get some potting soil and get… wow that’s it that’s all you need, this is starting to look easy.

Fill your pots a couple of inches short of the top with your potting soil. If you got seedlings take them out of their tiny pots, dirt and all and place them in the bigger pots (after you made a small hole for them of course) and pack it slightly and then give it a little water. If you got seeds pack the soil slightly and give it a little water, sprinkle the seeds over the moist soil and then sprinkle about a half of an inch potting soil on top of the seeds and pack that slightly. No need to re-water the seeds are already in contact with moist soil.

Now place your new pots in a windowsill that gets a lot of light. A window that gets the morning sun is best. If the window gets the afternoon sun it may be too hot but many herbs do well with that, you can judge by watching how well they do. If it seems too hot for your herbs there are a few tips.

Of course you can move the herbs to a less hot place or you can put some water in the dish your pot is in, when the water evaporates it provides moisture to your herbs. Many herbs like moisture anyway so this is a good thing to do. Herbs don’t absolutely have to have sunlight; artificial light like a fluorescent light will also make your herbs grow.

That’s all there is to growing your own home herb garden sorry it’s not more complicated then that I told you it would be easy. How many herbs out of your list are you going to start with?

What Can I Plant to Attract Bees and Other Beneficial Insects to My Home Vegetable Garden?

We live in a society now where more vegetable gardeners then not look for natural means to grow safe and healthy food. Long gone are the days of using chemicals in the backyard vegetable garden to produce the food you want to put on the table for your family.

If you are one of those vegetable gardeners that think the non chemical means is a harder more labor intensive way to grow vegetables, you would be right. Well sort of. The labor will come from all of those beneficial insects, bacteria, worms and other creatures you are going to attract to your vegetable garden, and they will be the ones that actually do the work.

For instance, if you bury your left over supper in your ground (at least 18 inches deep), there is an underlying ecosystem beneath the soil such as microbial, bacteria, and worms that will break that dinner down into usable healthy compost. All you had to do was dig the hole, drop your left overs in, cover the hole and walk away. Not very hard now was it?

Another such way to make your vegetable gardening life easier is to attract that beneficial insect, the bee. Bees fly from one plant to the next looking for the nutrients they need for their own livelihood. While doing so a great thing happens along the way that is beneficial to your garden and that is pollination. Most of the time bees show up out of nowhere but in most gardens they don’t stay because there is not enough of what they are looking for to stick around.

There are a number of flowers you can grow that will not only attract bees to help with pollination but also are deterrents for other insects such as green flies and certain aphids and those flowers are marigolds. They come in a variety of colors and will work wonders for your garden. A perimeter of them will do the trick.

You can also plant sunflowers to attract bees (I like the Giant sunflowers that can grow as much as ten feet tall). Now of course you don’t want to over do it. Bees can and will sting if they feel threatened so plant enough to attract for the amount of bees you will need based on the size of your garden.

Butterflies are another species of creature that can be extremely beneficial to the home vegetable gardener. Lavender works well for butterflies, but if you really want to attract them, plant a butterfly bush nearby.

Round out your healthy garden by attracting some ladybugs by planting some fennel. Ladybugs feed on aphids which could be extremely harmful to your plants.

All you have to do is put in place the items you will need to attract the correct insects to your garden and they will do the rest. Then you just sit back let them take care of the garden (sort of) and pick your ripe fruits and vegetables.