Apr 25, 2018

Starting An Herb Garden At Home 101

Fresh Herbs, if you follow a few a general guidelines, are very easy to grow. The versatility of herbs allows you to keep them potted (indoors or outdoors) or simply plant them outside in the ground. These beautiful plants are perfect for the aroma in the space, as well as adding fresh flavors to your meals. These delicate yet timeless plants are great for getting the kids involved in the gardening experience as well. A simple herb garden, potted or not, is a wonderful addition to any home or outdoor space.

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Learn the basics to starting your very own herb garden in or around your home. Weaver Barns of Sugarcreek hopes that you enjoy this blog post. Amish Country is famous for farms, quality craftsmanship and hospitality.

Selecting The Right Place to Grow Herbs Around Your Home

Deciding between potted herbs or planting your herbs in the ground? Consider this. Planting herbs in pots in the kitchen or window sill is an excellent option if you are limited on your outdoor space. Your plants will grow well and you will have fresh herbs for easy access as you prepare a delicious meal for your friends and family. However, you may find it surprising to hear that many of these herbs can grow to be fairly large (4-6 feet) when not planted in pots. Pots do tend to stunt the growth of the herbs, and can affect the quality of the plant. If you have the space outside to plant them in the ground you may want to do so to get the most out of your plants. Your herbs may surprise you at how much they spread and produce for you outside. We will be focusing on outdoor planting first. To learn more about growing potted herbs scroll down.

When selecting an outdoor planting location, be sure to observe the sunlight distribution throughout the day. Generally speaking, most herbs prefer full sun during the day. However if you live in a location where summer days rise above 90 degrees you will want to consider adding some shade for your plants. For example, choosing a space next to a gardening shed or garage where it will receive sun for half of the day and shade the second half. Another option would be near a tree or large plant that provides partial sun and shade throughout the day. Before planting simply ensure that the herbs are getting at least 4 to 6 hours of sun.

Planting Tips For Growing Healthy Herbs

Every plant is different. Every herb is different. When deciding where to plant you will also want to consider how much space your plant prefers. For example, most herbs will want either 1 to 4 feet in diameter for each plant.

Here is a general guideline:

  • 3-4 Feet – Rosemary, Sage, Mint Tea, Oregano
  • 2 Feet – Basil, Thyme, Tarragon
  • 1 Foot – Cilantro, Chives, Dill, Parsely

However, you may find that different spacing may work better for your plants. If you don’t have the space to allow for this spacing, work with what you have in your location. As you may know, some of the herbs above tend to spread so that is a large reason for the spacing. This allows the herbs to happily grow and produce the most for you.

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You decide what works best for you: Potted or In Ground Plants.

Preparing Soil for Your Herb Garden

The next key to a healthy herb garden: soil that drains properly. You don’t want your plant to be sitting in flooded soil for large stretches of time. Once you select a spot that wont hold large amounts of water you can move on. When preparing the soil you will want to use your gardening tools to loosen up the ground and undo all of the compacting that has occurred over the years. Loose-soft soil will allow it to drain and provide a comfortable location for your herbs. Want to go the extra mile? Get some organic compost and spread an inch or two on top of the loosened soil then mix it in. This will provide extra nutrients for your herbs to feed on, as well as assist with water drainage.

I Planted My Herbs. Now What?

You planted your herbs and they look beautiful. Let’s keep them that way! You will want to water them as soon as the soil feels dry a couple inches down around the plant. Don’t neglect your plants you will want to check them often as nature can bring many variables that can change the drying period form week to week. Be sure not to over water your herbs! Remember that draining soil is key.

Harvesting Herbs A General Guide

You will need to simply pay attention to how your plant is doing. Is your plant healthy and strong? When your plant reaches about 7″ tall, give or take, you will be able to harvest about one third of the leaves. When cutting the leaves you will want to cut close to the leaf intersection. Several herbs actually grow up from the center, so a little research will solve this. Also, paying attention as to where your leaves are growing will clear this up as well.

Starting An Herb Garden At Home - Weaver Barns of Sugarcreek Ohio

Fresh herbs are a great way to add a fresh spin to a classic dish or salad.

Planting My Herbs In Containers

Surprising to many, herbs can often be easier to grow than a lot of traditional houseplants. Simply follow the same principles as the outdoor tips and you should have healthy herbs growing in no time. Growing in pots can be an easier way to have fresh herbs available to you.

Keys To Healthy Potted Herbs:

  • Sunny Warmspace: Patios, Decks, etc.
  • Healthy Soil That Drains: Good potting soil in a container that drains easily.
  • Space: Choose a large enough container for your herbs to grow and spread.

You can start your plants about 8″ apart when they are small, but you will want to transplant your herbs to larger containers as they grow. If you transplant your starter herbs to larger containers or to the ground outside you will want to: handle them gently, water them immediately after transplanting too.

Regardless of what you choose to do, enjoy the process! Adding potted herbs around your outdoor patio furniture not only looks beautiful and smell delicious, but it is very practical as well. Growing herbs can be such a rewarding experience. To have grown something that your family and friends will enjoy is a blessing. Not only can you add these herbs to cooked meals, pastas and more. You will definitely want to add your fresh herbs to your favorite green salad. Fresh Cilantro in a salad or dish can be a refreshing change to a traditional dish; for example this delicious salsa recipe. Let us know what your favorite herbs are!

Gardening advice and tips can vary from person to person, however this is a good place to start.

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May 19, 2016

How To Get The Most From Your Backyard Garden

It is garden season, and gardeners all through the Midwest are hard at work planting their vegetables.

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It is garden season in the Midwest!

Backyard gardening is one of America’s most favorite hobbies, and for many, it is a chance to grow some or nearly all of their family’s fresh food right in their own backyard!

So for today’s Weaver Barns’ Backyard Lifestyle Post, we thought we thought we would share 3 helpful tips to get the most from your garden this year.

How To Get The Most From Your Backyard Garden

1. STAY OFF YOUR PLANTS

Whether you have raised beds, raised rows, regular rows, or just a few simple garden plants tucked in your flowerbed – don’t walk near them. When you compact the area around a plant with soil-clogging foot prints, it makes it hard for the roots to expand and grow.  Less roots = less ways for the plant to soak up the valuable water and nutrients from the soil that benefit the plant. If you leave the area around a plant alone and un-compacted, it makes for much healthier plants. It’s one reason raised beds and container gardens can be so effective.

2. MULCH YOUR PLANT

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Mulch is essential around garden plants to keep the moisture in place and the weeds out.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a pepper, cucumber, or tomato plant. Applying a healthy amount of mulch around the base of the plant really can make a difference! It helps the plant retain valuable moisture and keeps the soil temperature around the plant more regulated. It also helps keep out weeds that compete for nutrients. What to use as a mulch? Old grass clippings, shredded leaves, finished compost and straw all work great.

3. WATER SMART

This may be the best advice of all. Just remember 3 things when it comes to watering that make it simple. WHEN, HOW and HOW MUCH.

WHEN:

Watering in the early morning is best. Before the sun has a chance to really get hot. Water at the base of the plants and let it soak in. If you water in the afternoon – you not only run the risk of burning the leaves from the sun scorching the water that may hit the plant – but you lose a lot more to evaporation than watering in the early morning.

HOW:

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With a nearly endless variety of options – you can create the perfect garden spot with a Weaver Barns’ shed

Water slowly and at the base of each plant. Let it soak in and come back a few times and apply smaller amounts that soak right in where it’s needed most at the root level of the plant Spraying the whole garden with a big hose and spray nozzle can lead to a lot of problems besides just scorching plants – like damaging plants, destroying the blooms that create the vegetables, or helping fungus and rot develop on wet moist leaves.

HOW MUCH

Too little water and they shrivel up. Too much water and they won’t develop the good and deep root structure needed for big plants. A good rule of thumb is that a garden plant typically needs to receive about 1 inch of water a week. If mother nature isn’t supplying that – then you need to supplement. If you are experiencing a prolonged dry spell – water every two to three days with about a 1/2″ of water to the plant at a time. This allows enough water to go deeper into the soil and build deeper roots – and gives the plants more consistent watering.

Why not every day you might ask? If you water every day – the plants will never send their roots deeper looking for water – and you end up with much less hardy and developed plants. Call it tough love watering to develop stronger plants – but it works.

And if you are an avid gardener – what could be better than your own personal beautiful backyard garden shed to keep all of your tools neat and organized? Check out our complete line of sheds at Weaver Barns and find the perfect structure for your backyard oasis! Weaver Barns…Because everyone needs a little structure in their lives.

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