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Planning an herb garden can be enjoyable and rewarding. Herbs have been in use for centuries for medicinal, culinary and aromatic explanations. For generations tribal leaders and leaders passed down the herbal secrets. Many modern medicines have an herb base. Modern herbalist mix medicinal herb for their customers. Many herbalists also combine aromatic herbs for beauty purposes. But, obviously, the culinary herb remains the most frequently used. It is possible to turn into a kitchen gardener by growing an herb garden right on your kitchen on a sunny windowsill.

Herbs and more herbs!

For the discussion of herbal gardening now we’ll plant the herbs found in the Elizabethan Era and so frequently mentioned in William Shakespeare’s works. The plants chosen will be culinary herbs, medicinal herbs and aromatic herbs, all to go through the aromas and tastes of that moment.

Herbal gardening is fantastic since the herbs can be grown in various ways. Plant a container garden for you patio or deck for great colours, different textures and super aromas. Planning an herb garden in the ground will make it possible for you to cultivate a conventional kitchen herb garden out. Or if you have limited space, become an interior kitchen gardener and plant your herbs on a windowsill or in a window box.

When planning your herb garden recall the herbs need well drained soil, they hate wet feet. Test your soil to your herb garden and be sure that it is alkaline. All Herbs need at least six hours of sun.

Aromatic Herbs

When Elizabethans planted aromatic herbs, culinary herbs and medicinal herbs they used either a symmetrical square or rectangular patterns. The Elizabethans were quite formal and felt that their herb gardens should be too. Their herbal gardens had paths, as strolling through the garden was a popular pastime. They had no TV’S! If you’re planting your herbal garden near a patio, consider adding a walking path for yourself. The paths will add personality to you herbal garden.

In planning an herb garden make sure to take into consideration the growing habits of every plant. Plant the taller busier herbs at the back of the garden, the small, compact ones at front. Most herbs are perennials meaning they’ll grow back annually. Any of those herbs that will need to be planted annually should go at a place in the herb garden that’s easy to reach. Give each herb lots of space to grow. The herbs need air flow to avoid mold. This stage of planning an herb garden is vital since once the crops become mature they don’t like to be moved.

Herb Garden

When you plant an herb garden, you can either start from seeds or get modest plants from your garden centre. The garden center plants provides a better chance of achieving success in the herb garden. When using seeds, plan ahead since the seeds might need to grow for many months until they are ready to plant in the herb garden. Especially if you’re a beginner, I would suggest using the tiny plants in the garden center.


Go to a respectable garden center to buy you herbs. Inspect your herbs carefully to be sure they’re healthy. One infected plant can destroy your entire herbal garden. When using the tiny herbs in the garden center you’ll have the ability to harvest your herbs much earlier. When you take out the herbs to be planted in the backyard, gently remove the plant from the pot and loosen the soil around the roots. Place the herb in the place you’ve selected or the container that you’ve prepared. Cover all the roots with soil and lightly tamp down. Give your new herbs lots of water assessing the moisture every day. Never allow the soil dry out but do not create your herbs roots too moist. If you’re planting a container garden recall that the dirt in a container will dry out more rapidly then the floor. You might realize that the herbs will droop for a few days. Don’t worry that’s shock but they will recover.

Once you’ve discovered the herbs growth patterns it is possible to begin pinching off to find a bushier herb. When you first begin, keep a journal to your herb garden to keep tabs on every herbs strengths and weaknesses. After you get to know your herb garden you’ll have the ability to tell when the crops need attention.

Hardy Plants

Over the centuries herbs have developed into quite hardy plants. Once you herbal garden is established it’s going to require very little care. To maintain moisture to the herb more, mulch around the plants. This is an excellent garden tip if you plant the herbs in container gardens or at the ground.

Herbs are natural insect repellents but if you must treat for pests make sure that you use a non toxic treatment as you’ll be eating your own harvest. Marigolds are a natural repellent so that you might want to plant of few of those blossoms. Planting companion plants is the way most Shakespearian gardens were done.


Harvest can begin the moment you have many leaves on the herb. It’s ideal to cut your herbs before they start to flower for the very best flavor. This is when the most oils are stored in the leaves. Wait till any morning dew has dissipated before trimming but harvest until the complete sun is out. You may cut your herbs right before you prefer to use them. If the stalks are tender these too may be utilised in your recipes.

If you have an abundant crop it is possible to freeze or dry the herbs. Dry them by hanging them upside down, in a couple tied together, in a warm and dark location. You can microwave them by putting them between two paper towels and microwaving for two minutes. Put them in an air tight container, they will last up to 1 year.

Freezing the bounty of your herb garden will allow them survive a little longer, a year to year and a half. Chop the herbs up and place on a sheet of wax paper. Freeze for at least two hours. Another technique is to place the herbs in ice cube trays with water. Freeze until firm, pop them out and place them into zip lock bags. When ever you will need the herbs for soups, stews or sauces, just throw in an herb ice cube.

List Of Herbs

Now, here is the listing of Shakespearian Herbs to plant on your Elizabethan herb garden such as culinary herbs, aromatic herbs and medicinal herbs. It is going to really make you a kitchen gardener: Bay leaves, Broom, Calendula, Chamomile, Chives, Heartsease, Hyssop, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Parsley, Peppermint, Rosemary, Rue, Salad Burnet, Summer Savory, Bachelors Buttons and Thyme. To learn more on each herb, email me or hunt online.