Common Herb Gardening Mistakes Most of Us Have Made

It is easy to make mistakes when you are learning to garden. There are a number of common herb gardening mistakes that we have all made at the beginning of our herb gardening experience.

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8 Common Herb Gardening Mistakes

Starting an herb garden is a great way to add flavor to your foods or even just some decoration to your garden or home.

If you are looking to set up a garden before, then an herb garden is a great place to start because it’s fairly simple. There are a few common mistakes people make when starting an herb garden that you should avoid.

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Starting from Seed

Starting herbs from seeds can come with some unknown complications. There are plenty of starter plants that can be found at gardening stores that will bring better luck and less stress to your herb garden, especially if you are new to herb gardening.

Picking Unhealthy Plants

When looking for starter plants at a garden center, find ones that are bright in color, have plenty of foliage, and have no signs of bugs or eggs, or wilting leaves.

Too Much Variety

Starting an herb garden can be quite exciting with all the options available, but it is best to start small.

This way you are not too overwhelmed and can learn what each variety of herb likes as they grow. For example, some herbs like cilantro are sensitive to drought and can die easily if not watered properly.

Herbs That Can Be Planted with other herbs

Incorrect Planting

When you are first starting an herb garden, it is best to keep the different types separate and not overcrowded. Be sure to do your research on what herbs to grow well together as well. Herbs like mint will take over any space you put them in.

Not Enough Water

It is easy to confuse herbs with houseplants when it comes to watering. They are small and seem delicate, so less water seems right, but most herbs prefer daily watering. Make sure the water mostly touches the soil and not the leaves.

Using Bad Soil

Most soil on the ground lacks the proper nutrients to allow an herb garden to flourish. Use organic soil or potting soil with organic compost for the best results.

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Not Pruning Soon Enough

Pruning your herbs is an important step because it encourages even and fast growth. Skipping this step prevents the herb from regrowing and producing more herbs. Cut the herb down to just about a set of growing leaves and always cut from the top, not the bottom.

Wrong Environment

Not enough sun, too much sun, too cold outside, or too hot outside… these factors all play a role in how well your herbs grow. Most herbs need about six hours of proper sunlight but prefer an environment at around 65 to 75 degrees F.

If you keep these common herb gardening mistakes in mind when starting your own herb garden, you will have a fun and great time gardening. If you do make mistakes, it's OK – just keep learning and keep growing. It's all part of the process.

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