Herb Garden Maintenance

Inside: Herb garden maintenance is super easy! They are a little more delicate than a hard plant, like peppers, but you can have a great herb garden.

Herb garden maintenance is super easy! It's not really any different than the maintenance of your vegetable garden. There are just slight differences because some are a little more delicate than a hard plant, like peppers.

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Herb Garden Maintenance

Herbs are easy to grow and quite rewarding. As long as they have proper sunlight and water there will be plenty to use for recipes. You might even need to give your neighbor some as well. However, there are a few things that continually need to be done to keep your garden growing.

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Herb gardens need to be watered regularly. Each herb has different requirements but most enjoy moist soil. If you have started an herb garden from containers, more than likely they will need to be watered daily as they tend to dry out faster.

Keep an eye on the weather as that will also play a factor in how much watering needs to be done.


As with any garden, you need to keep up with the weeds. Weeds can destroy a garden by causing diseases and not allowing enough space for your herbs to grow.

Weeds will also take over the water supply and cause the herbs to wilt. If there are any signs of weeds, pull them immediately.


Believe it or not, these delicate plants need to be pruned.

Well-pruned herbs will continue to grow year-round and prevent them from going to seed. Pruning keeps the garden well-maintained and allows you to spot any pests or diseases trying to infiltrate your garden.

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Harvesting and Relocating

When the weather starts to cool down, most herbs will need to be moved indoors. Some herbs such as mint, thyme, oregano, sage, and chives can survive the cooler months. To harvest these herbs, cut the leaves and stems, leaving about two inches of growth from the top of the soil.


Herbs generally do not need much attention when it comes to feeding them, but it is a good idea to test your soil first and follow the appropriate guidelines to have a healthy supply of herbs.

Compost or organic fertilizers are best. For herbs grown in containers, use slow-release and water-soluble fertilizers.

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Add two to four inches of mulch around herbs to prevent the growth of weeds. When adding mulch to your garden, make sure to avoid the crown of the herb plant.

Proper mulching will also regulate the soil temperature and help conserve moisture. Use organic materials such as grass clippings, shredded leaves, or old compost.

Continue to follow these tips as you grow your herb garden, and you are sure to have a bountiful supply of herbs. Herbs are a great addition to foods and provide great health benefits, as most of them are anti-inflammatory and high in antioxidants.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    How do you maintain herbs in a garden? Give your garden lots of sun and just the right amount of water. Although herbs are not demanding, they do need plenty of sunlight.

    When should I prune my herb garden? Snip leaves from annual herbs such as basil, cilantro, and dill as soon as the plant is 6-8 inches tall. Harvest flowering herbs like basil, sage, and thyme before they flower.

    Do herbs need a lot of care? Most herbs are easy to grow and, once planted, require little care besides watering and harvesting. This makes them a great first step in edible gardening.

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