Perennial Herb Garden
- 1). Plant herbs in full sun and well-drained soil. Design a garden space that is small at the beginning, but leave room for future expansion. Make sure your perennial herbs will not be bothered by tilling of nearby garden areas.
- 2). Use a shovel to dig and loosen soil to a depth of 8 inches. Add compost if the soil is not loamy. A prevailing myth is that herbs do not need fertile soil to grow. The majority of herbs require soil pH of 6.3 to 6.8 for the most advantageous growth and this may take some organic amending. Depending on where you live, raised beds can take care of poor soil and drainage conditions.
- 3). Plant your herbs according to the specific directions of each herb, paying close attention to spacing. Rocks are often integrated into perennial herb garden designs to provide windbreaks and to keep moisture to the roots during summer heat.
- 4). Apply at least 1 inch of mulch to control weeds. Weeds compete for water and nutrients that your herbs need to thrive.
Winter Perennial Herb Care
Most herbs are not frost hardyHerbe givr??e image by wthar6 from Fotolia.com
Plant your herbs in pots if you live in harsh winter areas. Fill unglazed clay pots half high with potting soil. Plant herbs and fill up to ½-inch from the top with the rest of the potting soil. Plant herb pots in the ground during the spring and summer, and dig them up before the first frost to bring indoors. The clay pots will allow water and nutrients to pass to the herbs when they are in the ground.
- 2). Treat herbs for any insects before bringing indoors to prevent spread to houseplants. Perennial herbs may loose leaves and look bad when brought indoors, but that is normal. Apply no fertilizer while your herbs are indoors and water only when dried completely.
Mint can withstand harsh winters.ginger mint image by hazel proudlove from Fotolia.com
Potted mints may be left outdoors to overwinter because mints are cold-hardy.