October , Awesome October, the season has begun!
I have had a lot of request for this and I know it will be boring to the ones who have mastered this already...but, lets just keep in mind that some folks have not.
A step by step instruction to planting an herb garden; Raised beds are the preferred method and what we will be talking about.
First thing to decide is what you are going to grow, and will it grow where you live. I find that most things will grow just about anywhere, provided with the proper start and care.
This information is for growing in raised beds filled with organic soil, not container gardening. So you have a spot all picked out. Does it get sun at least 6 hours of the day? Full sun all day is best, but most things will grow with at least 6, but no less.
Map out your space and decide how many beds you can accomadate. Perfect size for most beds are 4 ft wide and 6 to 8 ft long, depending on how much of one thing you wish to grow. If you are planning to grow a variety of plants in the same bed, by all means make your bed big enough to give the plants spreading room. I prefer a number of smaller beds verses a few larger ones. Much easier to care for.
Now, spread something on the ground that will cover all the area you intend to plant. Newspaper(b&w sections only) is what I prefer, it is easy to use and rots away and doesn't leave any bad stuff in the soil. Once the paper is down, spread a thin layer of mulch, compost , potting soil, whatever you have to keep the paper in place. Water the area down enough to soak the paper.
You are now ready to start your fall/winter composting right in the place you will be growing. No digging the ground, amending the soil, or worring about the many pesky things that come with planting in dirt.
Each day or at least once a week, add your kitchen scraps to your beds. (Things to use) Fruit and vegetable peels, egg shells, coffee and tea grinds (including the paper filter).
NOTE: (Nothing cooked or any meat and or bone products.)
Things from the yard to add to your beds: Leaves, flower and shrub clippings, grass clippings from the lawn. Lots of green is very good.
NOTE:(Nothing that is diseased or has rotted, dead wood with mold, etc. ) In order to have healthy soil you must add healthy material. You also need a balanced amount of green, brown, etc, etc. (Not just all grass or leaves, but a good balance of all the things above.) Water about once a week, not soaking but a good heavy sprinkling. Cover it with a garden cloth or a piece of plastic for periods of time to help in the generation of heat, which is what promotes the breakdown of all the matter and gives you rich healthy soil when spring arrives.
There really is no need to stir or move this mixture around , but there is no reason not to if you desire to do so. About once a month add a large bag of composted manure, either from the garden center or from your local farmer who sells it.
Come spring time you are ready to plant, directly into the soil you have created. It's rich, balanced, and has no chemical fertilizer to seep into your plants, which is a very good thing!
I'd like to share our "herbal teas" with you for the coming months. It is tasty and will do wonders at helping to build your immune system, which in turn will help keep the cold and flu bug at bay.
A hot and spicy tip for the daring soul......when making a cup of hot tea, add just a pinch of cayenne pepper(small pinch) it will spice up your cup and the health benefits are just awesome.
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