Looking after your herbs..
Most herbs are pretty easy to grow as long as they are given the correct amount of sunlight and reasonable soil conditions, your Brogdale herb garden should be up and running in no time. To keep your herb garden healthy and flourishing, you will definitely need to provide it with a little tender loving care from time to time. See below for basic information..contact us if you need specifics for varieties.
Herb Advice – Very General Care for Your Herb Garden
Here are some very general tips on caring for your herb garden.
Your herb garden will need to be watered at regular intervals. How much (or how little) you need to water will be determined by what types of herbs you plant and whether they have been planted into containers or directly into the ground.
Containerised herbs will need to be watered more often, as they tend to dry out faster.
Ground Planted will need more water when the weather is hot and dry. Keep a close eye on your herbs for any signs of wilting. A wilting herb demands water and needs to be tended to immediately to prevent undue stress to the plant’s delicate system.
Weeds and herbs
Keeping your herb garden weed-free is an vital part of its care and upkeep. You should make it a habit to check for weeds at least once a week. If you catch them when they are smaller, the easier they are to remove!
When an herb garden gets smothered with weeds, it can’t grasp the proper nutrients that it needs from the soil for healthy growth. Your green herbs will then start to turn yellow and sickly… disappearing under a bed of weeds!
When there are too many weeds in your herb garden, your herbs also will be in danger of not getting enough water, as they will struggle in competition with the other unwelcome plants. When there are too many weeds, the herbs will wilt and become brown and dry.
Another good reason to keep the weeds out of your herb garden is that having a lot of weeds can and will attract more pests, which can be detrimental to your herbs.
Consider spacing and note the possible overall size of the plant – research before you plant is beneficial to get a balanced uncluttered Brogdale herb garden! Having space allows you to access your herbs for harvesting and notice if something is going wrong.
Fertilizer and herbs
Most herbs don’t need too much fertilization, but a splash of high nitrogen (tomato) feed is beneficial as generally it is leaf growth you are trying to promote,. A simple liquid fertilizer should be enough to keep them happy. With potted herbs you need to consider the nutrient life of most composts are around 6 to 8 weeks.
Keeping your herbs well pruned not only will keep them looking their best but also will stop them from going to seed to early..keeping them producing much longer.
Pruning should be done at least once a month.
If you want to gather seed it is recommended that you keep a few of your chosen flowering herbs pruned while letting a couple of them go on to flower and eventually seed, guaranteeing that you will have enough herbs for daily use while allowing their natural reproduction cycle to occur for next year’s garden.
Every year or two your perennial herbs will need to be divided to keep them growing healthily. You can divide them by removing them from the soil and splitting the plant, vertically, down the middle of its root system and then quickly replanting the two new plants back into the ground.
Harvesting and/or relocating herbs
As the growing season winds down and the frosty winds approach, you will need to bring your most delicate herbs indoors and harvest the stems and leaves off of the rest of them. When harvesting your perennial herbs, be careful not to cut them too low to the ground. Leave a couple of inches of growth to die back on its own so that the plant will be able to renew itself next year.
These are very basic rules, given the range of what we produce contact us before purchasing if you require guidance!