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Ep. 4: Growing An Herb Garden

Horticulture: Growing an Herb Garden

Do you want to plant an herb garden but you’re unsure how? We’ve got you covered! Growing herbs is an easy and delicious way to start gardening- and the benefits of starting a kitchen garden go way beyond healthier food.  After years of trial and error, today’s instructor, Nicole Burke learned how to successfully grow a thriving kitchen garden in her own backyard.

Do you want to plant an herb garden but you’re unsure how? We’ve got you covered! Growing herbs is an easy and delicious way to start gardening- and the benefits of starting a kitchen garden go way beyond healthier food. 

After years of trial and error, today’s instructor, Nicole Burke learned how to successfully grow a thriving kitchen garden in her own backyard. As friends asked for advice with their own gardens, Nicole founded Rooted Garden, a kitchen garden company that has served more than 250 clients and designed more than 100 residential raised kitchen gardens.

Nicole’s newest enterprise is GARDENARY, an online kitchen garden education company that helps ambitious gardeners by providing online courses, ebooks, and raised garden resources. Nicole’s passion is to see everyone growing a little bit of their own food and for kitchen gardens to become an ordinary part of everyday life once again.

By the end of this class you’ll have an understanding of the supplies needed to start a kitchen garden, which plants to start with and how to create an environment where they’ll thrive.

WHERE DOES AN HERB GARDEN THRIVE?

  • For the most part, herbs want a minimum of 4-5 hours of sunshine.
  • If you can maximize the sunshine you’re going to get better production.

HOW DO YOU PREPARE THE SOIL AND CONTAINER?

  • Potted plants are really hard to keep alive! The largest container possible is ideal- preferably with an open bottom.
  • Check out Aaron’s garden box build here:
  • Soil is where you want to put your money! Nicole recommends sandy loam soil.
  • Most herbs originated in the Mediterranean, so a sand base to your soil is great!
  • Go to a local nursery and make sure there aren’t synthetics in the soil blend.

HOW REGULARLY SHOULD YOU WATER?

  • Herbs don’t want too much water. 
  • Dill, parsley and cilantro are in the carrot family and they’ll let you know what they want more water (wilting).
  • Yellow typically means over-watering.

IS THERE A BEST WAY TO HARVEST?

  • Start on the outside and the lower part of the plant.
  • Most plants regrow from the center, so allow the center to stay and keep growing.
  • You can harvest every week if you want, but not more than a third at a time.

WHAT ARE SOME EASY PLANTS TO START WITH?

Basil, chives, rosemary, mint and cilantro! 

HOMEWORK!

Get a big terracotta pot, fill it with healthy soil and plant some chives!

CHECK OUT NICOLE’S SITES:

GARDENARY: https://www.gardenary.com

ROOTED GARDEN: http://rootedgarden.com

INSTAGRAM: @gardenaryco

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