I would safely say that we all love a little flavour and seasoning in our meals as it gives them that extra punch and makes the whole dining experience a little more enjoyable and memorable. The opposite to that positive experience leaves us a litlle flat and also memorable, but for the wrong reasons. The seasoning that we are talking about in this instance comes mainly from herbs in general, which can be easily grown by ourselves with a small bit of effort. There is a great feeling of acomplishment and achievement to be had from being self-sustainable for our own kitchen needs and the fact is, vegetables taste even more tastier, simply because we grew them ourselves.
A raised bed herb garden is very easily constructed and to be able to plant and grow herbs in a raised bed if we could, would prove to be a very suitable envoirnment for them. If we do a lot of cooking or just occasionaly, it’s really convenient to be able to pop outside our kitchen and grab whatever we were looking for, without having to traipse down through our vegetables lot and getting all wet or getting our shoes covered in muck. A lot of people have their herb growers or planters located just outside their houses for that particular reason and it makes practical convenient sense to do so.
How big is a herb raised bed;
The fact is that herbs are very easy to grow and cultivate, they do not take up a lot of space, so therefore a small sized raised bed would be sufficient. I am talking about a raised bed in size of 4ft x 4ft for starters and that outlay would only cost approx $30-40, or if we had the timber planks lying around at home, we could very easily construct this frame by ourselves. Raised bed herb gardens come in all shapes and sizes, so how big we want them could also be governed by our budget. If we look at the image above, this type size ( 3′ x 2′ ) could be very suitable as it’s waist high and eliminates a lot of stooping and bending, while carrying out maintenance or attending to our plants. The beauty of an elevated raised bed like this one is, it could be moved and relocated to whatever area is most suitable.
Raised bed herb soil;
A good general mix of compost and soil is suitable for herb cultivation, even if we could have it a little sandy, that would be even better. It’s always better to avoid adding enriching fertilizers as this would only promote fast growth at the expense of our desired herb flavours. Herbs will always do better in a well drained soil so be sure to incorporate plenty of organic matter, like sand, composted leaves or garden mulch. So looking at the requirements of this exercise, its really simple to get started with and in less than a month or six weeks after planting, we could be enjoying the fruits of our labor.
What are the best herbs to plant;
Like we have mentioned above, its really easy to grow herbs and all or most of the most common varieties will easily flourish and thrive, provided we have the right conditions. So from the outset, if our soil is right, the rest of this process will be a breeze. We can purchase these herb plants at our local garden centre or nursery and just follow the growing instructions that come with them. Normally herbs are sold in 2″ or 3″ pots, so its a case of dig a hole an inch or so bigger than the rootball, pop the plant into same, infill with the replaced soil, water in afterwards and we are done. How easy is that I ask you, it really could’nt be more difficult than that. The most popular of herbs that we would grow in our raised bed herb garden would be…….Basil, Chives, Tarragon, Sage, Corriander, Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme, Mint and Spring Onions etc etc. There are many many more, too many to mention but we have covered the most well known and those most used on a regular basis.
Where else could I plant herbs;
We have often seen herbs grown in pots, window boxes, timber containers and many other places like flower beds and in vegetable patches or lots. The idea of growing herbs in vegetable patches and in those other places is not uncommon as it’s seen by some as the most practical and suitable of areas. We may or may not know that growing herbs in a vegetable patch is one of gardenings greatest secrets. The reason is because the strong, minty, aromatic smell from these often deters certain insects, slugs and garden pests from our vegetable garden. Its known in some quarters as companion planting and for good reason, as we have just mentioned. It can be seen as a lazy gardening exercise, but what the heck, if it works and does the business for us…why not. Sometimes people plant these herbs into flower gardens and also into borders with the intention of filling up unused spaces.
Unless we are gardening on a large scale, its not practical to buy packets of herb seeds. To be honest we do not need a thousand or so plants of a particular variety growing outback in our gardens or backyards. So the sensible route would be to go to the garden centres and purchase these varieties individually like we have mentioned above. They are really inexpensive to buy and each plant would retail at about $3-5, so we could plant all of our requirements for approx $30-40. When planted, just remember to water when necessary, but its important not to overwater, as this would totally rot the herbs. As ever, we are social here at buildingraisedbeds.com and would love to hear your comments via the comments section down under.