Herbs have multiple benefits and have been used for centuries. Chefs love the flavors they give to food, while herbalists adore them for their medicinal properties. Whatever plans you have for your herbs and their uses, it’s essential to know how to grow them. And since most herbs do well in different seasons, it’s vital to know which herbs will do well in your area. This article is for every homemaker trying to grow herbs, but it focuses more on the herbs that grow on a homestead.
Gardening poses a few challenges, but with the right knowledge of herbs, you can create your happy little garden.
Keep reading to find out how you can grow herbs on your homestead.
Get your chives seedlings ready for planting
If you’re wondering which herbs to grow indoors, start with chives. Chives are easy to plant as they grow well in most garden soils. All you need is a planter, fertile soil enriched with compost and water. I sow mine as seeds in early spring, water them till the seedlings emerge, then transplant the seedlings to my backyard. This gives the chives time to grow healthy enough to survive transplanting to the garden.
However, if you prefer growing them in containers, sow the seedlings 4 inches apart and place the container in a place with sunlight.
Spice up your meal with a dash fresh sage leaves
Growing sage on your homestead is so economical and convenient. Its flavor is so strong that you only need a sprinkle to spice your meal. It’s one of those herbs that flavors intensify as the leaves grow bigger.
The herb can grow at any temperature. Because this herb remains evergreen, it can be harvested even in late fall. During the winter, the plant remains healthy and does not die off like other plants.
Sage can be harvested as the need arises, and you can either use it when fresh or dried. Dried sage has a long history of use, and it is believed that when burned, it can dispel negative energy. It can also be used as an incense due to its divine aroma.
Parsley can be grown in pots
Are herbs easy to grow?
Yes, they are, and you can prove this theory right by planting parsley. According to gardening & landscaping consultant Dmitri Kara, this nutritious herb can be sown indoors or outdoors in organic-rich soil. When planting, I sprinkle the seeds on the soil and water them frequently. However, since parsley is a slow starter, it will take some days for the seedlings to sprout, so you have to be patient. To speed up the process, I soak the seeds in water for 24 hours before planting.
The Dill Herbs
Fresh dill from the garden can make a huge difference in your meals
Dill is commonly grown for its culinary and medicinal benefits, where some of the best addition for herbs & gentlemen. It is believed to have anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties, and thus it is used for food preservation. All of its benefits explain why herbs are important.
To grow this feathery herb, you need a few seeds and fertile soil. However, aphids can attack this foliage, so inspect it frequently, and if it’s infected, spray the plant with water from a hose and plant repellant vegetation such as garlic around it to prevent future infestation.
Thyme is a perennial herb that requires little care. You can plant the seeds or cuttings in a sunny place, and they will grow into woody shrubs with tiny leaves. You can use it to add taste in sauces, eggs, marinades, roasted meat and savory baking
Every herb has its preferences for soil, temperature, and general care, so it is essential to research how herbs grow. Once you’re done with research, get the seedlings at local nurseries and begin growing. You can simply grow your herbs in pots, but if you want something fancy to grow them in use this guide to transform ordinary pot plants.
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Author’s Bio:Archie was a builder for more than 40 years. Mainly after his retirement the enthusiastic electrical works in garden and writes for a blog Homemakerguide.com to keep himself occupied. His many years of experience can get you the right tool reviews whether it is a drill, welding machine or so. An impressive fact to note about him is that almost everything in his house is a representation of his skills made by his hands.
Hidden away in the Upstate of South Carolina is a little farm where we call home. Surrounded by century-old pecan and oak trees, we live on a 120-year-old homestead. By the grace of God, we were called to restore this 1890 farmhouse along with its barns, gardens and long-forgotten cotton field to its original working farm. Dedicating ourselves to reusing, recycling and making do we are living a very simple life building our backyard farm.
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