There is nothing better than herbs from your own garden! How about a fresh pesto with home-grown basil. Or a cup of fresh mint tea from your own garden? Sowing herbs is fun and useful. With our tips, you start well-prepared for your own herb garden.
When you buy the seeds, you actually already have the most important information in your hands. You will find this on the packaging. For example, things like the sowing period and the light requirement are stated. Do not throw away the packaging immediately and read it carefully. Before you start, make a plan for your herb garden and prepare the soil well. By preparing the soil well, you ensure that you give your plants a good start. One herb grows best in poor soil, but another herb may have different requirements. Therefore, read carefully to find out what the needs of the selected herbs are.
THE RIGHT TIME
There is not one moment when you start sowing. This differs per herb and per the place where you sow. In general, herbs need more heat than vegetables and you sow these a little later. When it is around 20 degrees outside, you can start sowing there. You could also choose to sow and grow indoors earlier, many herbs benefit from this. By pre-sowing them in a propagator, greenhouse, or simply in containers on the windowsill, you have strong plants that you can plant outside when the time is right.
THE RIGHT PLACE
The best place for a herb garden is close to the kitchen and preferably in a place with enough sun. Why close to the kitchen? Then you can easily walk back and forth during cooking to pick some herbs. Of course, there are many more good places for a herb garden. Can’t get rid of the herbs close to the kitchen? Then you just collect them in advance. You have probably already thought carefully about where you will place your plants when making your layout. If you are going to create a herb garden, make a plan in advance. There are several options, so even if you have limited space or the weather is still against you, you can get started with your herb garden. You can sow the herbs in the garden, but if it is still too cold, you do well to sow them indoors.
When sowing, spread the seeds sparingly to prevent the seedlings from suffocating each other. Also, do not show too much in one go to prevent your harvest from being larger than you can consume. Rather, choose to sow again a few weeks later so that you can enjoy your own herbs for a longer period of time.
Herbs generally need a lot of heat and sun. If you want to sow them directly in the garden, do this only in April-May when the weather is good enough. An outside temperature of about twenty degrees and a lot of hours of sun per day are necessary for the herbs to grow. You will of course find the exact needs of the seeds on the packaging.
Preferably sow in rows using channels. Sprinkle the seeds evenly and thinly in the gullies and, if necessary, stretch a wire above. You can see at a glance what your seedlings are and what weeds are.
When the weather is bad and you want to get started earlier, you can choose to pre-show your herbs indoors. It is not bad at all to do this. Indoor conditions are often more pleasant and you can grow strong seedlings that you can later transplant and transplant.
You can be pre-show indoors in a greenhouse or propagation pot. Preferably place your greenhouse in a warm place with lots of light, such as the windowsill. If the seedlings are big enough, you will have to transplant them. When the plants are strong enough, they can go outside in mid-May. Make sure that they are already used to the outside temperature. You do this by hardening the plants.
IN A JAR
Mint and lemon balm can proliferate. To prevent them from taking over your herb garden, it is best to keep them in a pot or bury them in a pot or bucket (with drainage holes at the bottom!) In the ground. Pots are also useful if you have limited space or cannot realize your herb garden close to the kitchen. You can read more about vegetable gardening in pots and containers here.
All herbs that do not grow too high can be sown and grown in a pot. Examples include annual herbs such as basil and savory, but solid herbs such as rosemary, thyme, and chives are also suitable for this.
When you sow, depth is also very important. Are you sowing too deep? Then there is a good chance that your seed will not germinate and will rot underground. A good rule of thumb is to sow the seeds at a depth of about 2.5 times their own size. A few millimeters is sufficient for small seeds.
Water is indispensable for germinating the seeds and for growing the seedlings. Balance is also of great importance here. Too much water and your seeds will rot, too little water and your seedlings will dry out. You can read exactly how to proceed here.
EASY TO SOW
Sowing is a job that requires a lot of precision! If you want to sow a lot of herbs or vegetables, this can be quite a job. Fortunately, there are numerous aids that make sowing a little easier. Did you know, for example, that you can use seed tapes? These are long strips with seeds in them. You put these in the place where you want to sow them and cover them with soil. This way you can sow several seeds at once. We are happy to tell you more about seed tapes!
There are also aids that help you practically sow. Consider, for example, a seed spreader. This handy device helps you to sow more precisely. This way you prevent too many seeds from getting into one place. There is also a soil block press, with this tool you press, as it were, a square of pots of soil, in which you can sow. Curious about what handy gadgets you can use? Then read on about tools in the garden.