Organic Herb Gardening

Thinking about growing your own herbs? Then you need to learn about organic herb gardening for the best results! Whether you are looking to grow basil or oregano for your homemade spaghetti sauce, you will need to face your concerns on not using chemicals on your herb garden.

Using your own starter plants will guarantee that you start out organic herb gardening without chemicals or pesticides. You can easily grow most herbs from seed. Just plant the seeds six weeks before the start of Spring, in shallow containers. Don’t plant the seeds too deep and make sure the soil you use is designed for seedlings and is well drained. Once your herbs show good growth and are rooted firmly in the soil, transplant them to your garden. Some herbs do not like to be transplanted once they start growing, so check which plants are hardy enough to endure this process. The ones that aren’t hardy enough can be sown directly into the ground.

You’ll need to weather the herbs you have planted inside before you transplant them to your garden. Once they have started to mature just take them outside to soak up the sun and bring them back inside once the sun goes down so as to acclimate your plants to the outdoors. Herbs do not like being shocked so don’t put them straight into the ground once they’ve matured. Help them to get used to weather outside first and your organic herb gardening experience will be much more pleasant!

There only a few pests that are of concern when organic herb gardening. These are red spider mites and aphids. By planting fennel, dill, cilantro, yarrow, tansy and angelica, you will encourge praying mantis’ and ladybugs to visit your garden which are natural enemies of aphids. Plants such as chives, garlic and onion are natural repellents and will also help keep aphids away. You can also use a strong spray of water to knock aphids off your plants or use a weak water and soap spray, made of 1 oz of diswashing soap to 1 gallon of water.

Check out this video for a great tip on storing your herbs once you’ve picked them from your garden.