I just read this article “Grow the Perfect Herb Garden” when it dawned on me that I wasn’t sure what the PERFECT Herb Garden would be. Sure, there are ways to grow herbs PERFECT-LY and this article had some great tips but as to whether the perfect herb garden existed it left the mystery completely unsolved.
Firstly, what is a PERFECT herb garden? Is it a group of herb pots growing on your window sill within easy reach? Or, perhaps building your own herb spiral in a spare plot within your garden? It’s such a subjective idea.
So, I’m going to give you my criteria for judging a perfect herb garden.
Stuart’s PERFECT Herb Garden
Ok, first things first. It MUST be close to the kitchen. If you have to pack a picnic lunch to visit your herb garden then it’s too far away to be of any use. The joy of using fresh herbs is being able to quickly grab something as, and when, you feel inspired.
Next, your herb garden needs to be in full sun. There aren’t many herbs that grow in the shade and although many will exist there they certainly won’t thrive. Try growing a bay tree in the shade and it won’t be long before you’re peeling the last fragrant leaf of the branches.
Also, it must have heaps of varieties. Most of the herbs I tend to use in my cooking are basil, oregano, parsley and thyme but I really love it when I can choose something a little different and explore with marjoram, chamomile, curry plant and a myriad of other plants.
And finally, your containers should have ample quantity to supply your family needs. It’s nice to have heaps of variety but if the plants aren’t producing enough foliage then you’ll always be reluctant to use them in your cooking.
Actually, there is one last thing: it must fill your gardening friends with serious herb garden envy.