Starting a garden has been on my to-do list for what seems like an eternity! I recently moved and I now have the space to garden. After some consideration, I decided on starting an herb garden. Fresh herbs at the store are so pricey and I’d rather just grow them myself, especially since they are fairly low-maintenance. I anticipate that nothing will go to waste since I cook so much. I am not an expert, but I want to share how I started this project. This experience has already brought me a lot of joy and maybe you will be inspired to start a garden or a new hobby too!
Pick Your Seeds
This is probably the first step for any garden. I chose to plant Chives, Cilantro, Parsley, Rosemary, Lavender, and Dill Weed. Seeds can be found in many home-improvement stores, online, and even at Walmart. Most herbs can be grown together. I recommend just picking your favorites. May/June is the best time to plant herbs if you live in the Midwest. Seed packets have watering and soil information, so I follow those instructions.
Gather Your Supplies
After I decided on what to plant, I assessed my current garden situation. I already had a raised bed and I ended up using that. If you don’t have a raised bed, you can section off a part of your yard to plant the herbs. Or you can plant the herbs in pots. I bought more soil (the type for vegetables & herbs), gardening gloves, and Popsicle sticks to denote which herbs were which. If you are using pots, you will need smaller ones and larger ones for when the plants grow bigger. Also, for any garden you will most likely need a watering can, shears, and a trowel (that small hand shovel thing). Herbs are low-maintenance so you will not need many supplies.
Once you have gathered everything and planned out your vision, start planting the seeds. I marked off sections of the raised bed before I planted the seeds. Also, I made sure that any debris or dead plants were removed prior to planting. Read the instructions on the seed packets before you begin. Luckily, all of mine had similar instructions. I planted seeds in a straight line, evenly spaced out, and separated based on the type of herb. Most herb seeds should be planted in 1/4 inch of soil. This means that you can gently press the seed into the soil and that’s all you need to do. A couple more notes…If you live in a windy area, you might need to check on the seeds and make sure they are still under the soil. Additionally, even if you plant in neat lines, the herbs will not sprout in a completely straight line. I was a perfectionist with how I planted the seeds and they have sprouted sporadically. Lesson learned – there is no perfection in gardening.
Create a Garden Routine
Herbs are super beginner-friendly. Once the seeds are planted, it becomes a waiting game. The herbs will most likely start to sprout in 1-2 weeks. Some of mine started sprouting less than 5 days after planting while others were slower to sprout. I check on my garden daily and make sure the plants are looking healthy. Most herbs thrive in direct sunlight and can withstand differing weather conditions. Because of this, you don’t need to excessively water. I lightly water daily unless I anticipate rain. When they start to get bigger, I will prune and remove any dead leaves. So far my routine isn’t anything special.
I try to reduce my waste and this applies to my garden. I wouldn’t consider this project completely zero-waste, but I’m trying my best! I didn’t buy anything I didn’t need and before I bought supplies, I checked to see what I already had. We often forget about the things in our garages and sheds. If you don’t have a raised garden bed, you can make one with second-hand wood. You can also look for pots and other garden supplies at thrift stores. Composting and collecting water are other ways to reduce your waste while maintaining a garden. You can use kitchen waste to start a compost pile. This can reduce the amount you are throwing away and you won’t need to buy as much soil. I also avoid wasting too much water. I rely on the rain to water the herbs and I leave the watering can outside to collect some of the rainwater. Local soil is more sustainable and better for your garden. I bought organic soil made in the town I live in. I should point out that most soil, even organic, isn’t 100% vegan. All of the soil I came across had small amounts of animal fecal matter. I know this is gross to talk about! It’s just something to consider if you are a vegan as well. I plan on composting food waste in the future so that I can eliminate using soil that may have animal products. Do what’s best for your situation though!
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I hope to do more posts about gardening in the future. I want to update you all when I am able to use the herbs. Most of the gardening information I use is from other blogs and Pinterest. If this post was useful, let me know in the comment section! As always, thanks for reading!