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HERB GARDENS BEGINNERS GUIDE || HOW TO || GARDEN BASICS

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hello there friends and welcome back to

our little house in the mountain today

we're gonna be doing a how-to beginner's

guide to herbal gardening and I got to

tell you what friends it's smelling

super glorious in here because I love

all the herbs one of the most common

questions that I get in the comment

section is where do I start people think

they have a black thumb that they kill

everything that they can't grow anything

or maybe they have a very limited space

to work with and so I get the question a

lot where do I begin

and typically my answer to that is to

begin with herbs they have been used for

centuries in so many ways they could be

used in a culinary sense when you're

cooking they can be used topically and

they can also be used medicinally

there are tons and tons of varieties of

herbs we're not gonna get overwhelmed

today as a matter of fact one of my

favorite ones is bee balm I don't have

that here but there's just so many good

ones and they have so many incredible

benefits they are one of God's greatest

gifts in terms of the plant world that

He has given us so I'm gonna start with

the basics we're gonna go over the

essentials and I have this feeling like

if you have been worried that you just

can't get started in gardening or you

have limited space if you have a little

bit of hope and you put in a little bit

of time I really do believe that you can

have a small herb garden of your own so

one of the reasons why herbs are so

fantastic is that typically they are

versatile and my new friends all the

information that I'm giving you today

some of that is going to be based off of

the zone that you are in now that's

going to affect things a little bit less

if you're doing all indoor gardening but

in terms of outdoor gardening your zone

that you live in is going to matter and

when gardeners talk about zones it's

basically just your climate and that

zone certain things will thrive and

certain things will not do as well so

it's good for you to figure out which

zone that you are living in another

great thing about herbs is that they are

versatile in terms of

you can grow them you can grow them in

pots you could grow them in a windowsill

you could grow them indoors you could

grow them outdoors some herbs will do

better in full direct Sun and some herbs

will do better in part Sun and some

herbs will even tolerate a decent amount

of shade some herbs will also be

contained to smaller areas and some

herbs in terms of lemon balm and mint

things like that they're gonna want to

spread so if you're gonna put those in

certain areas they will take over their

zone they like to claim their territory

but again do not get overwhelmed pick

four or five hearty herbs that are super

hard to kill and just pick a nice sunny

spot with filtered light we are gonna

get through this that's another thing

that I usually recommend to people is

start with the hardy or perennial herbs

some herbs are going to be more tolerant

of things than other herbs are and I'm

gonna go over the basics of that today

but that's my recommendation is pick out

four or five very Hardy herbs that are

hard to kill so you can get your

confidence going and then maybe you can

venture out into some other types and

species of plants and I'm telling you

the world of herbs is amazing you're

gonna love it once you get into it and

another great thing is that even within

one simple type of herb like thyme there

are multiple varieties with mint there

are multiple varieties there's even a

chocolate mint oh yes there is and

there's lemon thyme and lemon mint and

things that make the whole world smell

just a little bit better so again some

of this information will change and be

varied based on your zone and based on

the type of soil you have but there are

certain herbs that I have found are

tolerant to many different types of

environments all right so we're gonna

get into the basics let's recap you got

to have hope there are hearty breeds of

herbs that are very hard to kill and it

will make your life smell a little bit

better

so there are perennial herbs and there

are annual herbs perennial herbs are

herbs that are

come back on their own every single year

so long as the environment is nurturing

to them annual herbs are ones that you

have to replant every year however some

annual plants will self seed I really

like to grow perennials because each

year it's like a little surprised to see

that plant come back and it brings a

little bit of joy to my heart and I also

find that the perennial herbs tend to

not in all cases but tend to be a little

bit more tolerant and more Hardy than

the annual herbs so some of my favorite

essential hardy herbs number one I got

to talk about this guy because it's

right in my face and it smell real good

is time I actually have a few bushels of

time out in one of the front raised beds

it's silver time very beautiful and it

lasted all throughout the winter and is

now waking up again but it looked

beautiful throughout December January

February all the way leading up into

spring again it is a hardy tolerant herb

that can be used medicinally it can be

used as a tea it can also be used as a

culinary herb another hearty herb is

oregano I have that up here in the front

again there are different types of

varieties of oregano but that is one

that will come up by itself every year I

planted some in my dad's garden last

year and it lasted pretty well through

the winter and now it's starting to grow

again

so another hardy herb that is perennial

that will come back year after year and

in some climates again will survive all

winter is rosemary another herb that I

love to use and a lot of cooking and is

also medicinal in nature and of course I

can't talk about Hardy herbs without

talking about mint and lemon balm mint

and lemon balm are very prolific they

will take over an area they tend to be

very Hardy and very tolerant and very

easy to grow they are wonderful and iced

teas they are wonderful in drinks they

are wonderful in food they are wonderful

and salad they also have this

benefits you can make them into T's and

tinctures and all of that wonderful

stuff they will also help prevent pests

and certain bugs in an area lemon balm

is one of my favorite teas its antiviral

and it is wonderful my lemon balm last

year grew all the way into November and

that's when I harvested it dried it and

hung it in the window I have a bunch of

herbs drying in the window that I am

about to grind up now as we're getting

into the season where we will have a lot

of new herbs to grow and harvest we like

to give herbs to our chickens herbs are

wonderful for the health of most of

livestock and for the chicks so I give

them herbal tea I put it in their salads

I hang it from areas in their coop and

it's just a wonderful immune booster not

only for them but also for us herbs are

very nourishing and healing for the body

so some of the herbs that I would say

fall in the middle in terms of being

hearty and a little bit less hearty one

is going to be sage again another

beautiful culinary herb parsley there's

two different varieties I find that the

curly parsley is a little bit more Hardy

than flat parsley another herb that is

in between in my opinion Hardy and a

little bit less Hardy is chives chives

are wonderful and everything dried in

cream cheese put in soups put in eggs

delicious that's always one that I like

to have growing around in lots of

different places and aloe I have some

aloe over here on the side aloe can

technically be considered an herb and I

always like to have a low-growing around

it's great for burns and all types of

different skin issues so aloe is always

growing in my kitchen and I have two big

plants of it right now in the dining

room now the two herbs that I love to

use is a chicken laying an egg

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now the two herbs that I love to use in

the summer but they are a little bit

less tolerant again this would depend on

your climate and the zone you're in the

type of soil you have I tend to find

that basal though I love it and there's

so many different types of it the basal

with the purple leaves is a little bit

harder Basil's finicky I kind of call it

a princess herb it needs to be catered

to a little bit more than the other

herbs so I highly recommend giving it a

go because it's amazing to put in so

many things but it can be a little bit

tricky as it likes a very specific

amount of water and a very specific type

of soil and the last one that some

people really don't like at all and some

people love is cilantro I'm just gonna

pick this one up because it's drooping

in the front I am one of those type of

people that love cilantro some people

like my mama she cannot stand cilantro

cilantro again it's an annual herb just

like basil and cilantro I believe will

self seed I will put this information

for you by the way in the comment

section pin below it's a little bit of a

princess herb as well but worth giving

you go

so to recap here if you are just

starting out and you are gonna have a

small space herb garden and get your

feet wet in terms of growing plants my

very humble opinion I would start off

with your time a mint or a lemon balm

your oregano and your rosemary and you

can grow them in a windowsill you could

grow them outside you can grow them in

pots you can grow them in the ground

even if you live in an apartment and you

only have one sunny window and you have

no balcony outside get yourself a little

plant stand with different levels by

that window and just some pots sometimes

you can even thrift pots or people are

giving them away get yourself some

really good organic potting soil and

then either plant baby plants that

somebody gives you or you find at the

store or plant them from seed if you're

planting them from seed begin out by

watering them by spraying them every day

twice a day you don't want the soil to

get too wet or the seeds will rot but

you also don't want them to get dry and

then

grows and matures and gets stronger

roots you can water it once a day or

whenever the soil doesn't feel moist so

you push your finger down into your soil

about two inches and if it feels dry

give it a little bit of water but not

too much sometimes people over nurture

their plants and they give them a little

bit too much of the good stuff so

balance in everything and don't fret if

it doesn't work out you can always begin

again I hope that this was some good

baseline essential information for those

of you again who just want to get your

feet wet get started and grow in all the

green things and I'm telling you be

careful because when you start growing

all the green things you're gonna want

to grow more of the green things and

then it becomes the thing that's good

I'm just gonna excuse me and you know

what you can make an entire salad just

out of herbs and it's so good for you

all right friends well if you are going

to give this a shot this year put it in

the comments below let me know what

you're thinking about doing where are

you gonna be planting balcony windowsill

indoor outdoor let me know what you're

gonna venture into I would love to hear

about your plans and I wanted to say

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