Growing Your Herb Garden this Spring

Spring is well underway in Lone Tree, Colorado. As the days get longer and the grass starts to green up, it’s the perfect time to start growing your own herb garden!

Today, we’re going to share a few tips on how to get your herb garden started and keep it flourishing throughout the season. Let’s get ready to spice things up!

Purchasing Your Herbs

Lone Tree is home to plenty of garden supply stores where you can purchase potted herbs to start your own garden. There are both Home Depot and Walmart Garden Centers, and if you like supporting local businesses, the Highlands Garden Center is just a few minutes further.

Growing a healthy herb garden starts with choosing healthy herbs. Ideally, look for healthy plants with vibrant colors. Also, be sure that these plants are not carrying insects or any eggs. If you’re intent on attempting to salvage a sickly plant, try planting it farther away from your healthy herbs to avoid contaminating them.

Choosing the Right Location for Your Herb Garden

Ideally, choose a spot that remains close to your kitchen. Most importantly though, be sure that you’re situating your herb garden in an area that gets plenty of exposure to the sun. Choosing a spot that gets between 6 to 8 hours of sunlight a day works best.

There are some exceptions to this rule, as different herbs can have varying needs. That’s why it’s important to read the labels of your herbs for a better idea of their individual needs before choosing their location.

  • Some herbs that prefer shade – Chives, Cilantro, Parsley
  • Herbs that love the sun – Basil, Dill, Oregano

Prepping the Soil to Nourish Your Herb Garden

Kitchen herbs grow best when you loosen up the soil and allow for drainage. You can improve the drainage by adding mulch or compost. However, try not to add mulch directly on the plant itself, as it may attract insects.

Planting and Caring for Your Herb Garden

Plant each herb with 12 to 18 inches of space between each other. This gives them room to grow their roots and ample space to nourish themselves.

Water your new plants regularly—recent transplants require more water in the first few weeks while they are growing their roots. However, make sure that you’re not drowning your herbs either. Check the surrounding soil often and aim for keeping the soil moist but not completely drenched.

Fortunately, herb gardens start producing relatively quickly. Caring for and nurturing an herb garden is something that makes us feel a sense of achievement, helps out in the kitchen, and saves us money. Get yours started today and enjoy the fragrance and zest of fresh herbs all summer long!

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