Growing Herbs? Here's How To Ensure They Withstand The Australian Climate
Great for beginners, herbs are a fantastic introductory plant into the world of green thumbery. As well as adding a delicious aroma to your yard, they can be used in cooking, skincare and herbal teas and medicines. Now, that's what I call versatility.
If you're new to gardening and still a little bit apprehensive about how well you can look after your herbs, here are some great tips to help your greens thrive:
Find the right herbs to start with
While herbs, in general, are easier to grow than most fruits and veggies, this doesn't mean they are all a walk in the park. Before you put on your gloves and ready your spade, it's important you know which herbs will thrive best in your home.
Some fantastic beginner herbs include rosemary, thyme, parsley, chives, rocket, mint and basil.
In fact, all of these plants love the sun and will grow well in any spot that offers them partial sunlight and shade. Plus, they can all be grown in a pot, meaning you won't need an abundance of space to care for them.
Drainage is key
Herbs love water, but they don't love being saturated in it. Providing them with a pot with plenty of drainage will allow them to get all the moisture they need while not absorbing too much. If your garden or space doesn't permit drainage, placing them in a spot with plenty of sun will allow any excess water to evaporate.
Don't buy too many
It can get exciting when you enter the world of gardening to buy plenty of seeds and saplings to try your hand. But, the more plants you have, the more individual needs you need to consider. Some will require more shade than others, some need pruning, and others don't need water every day.
Managing these varying needs if you purchase too many plants can become demanding and even exhausting, causing you to fall out of gardening as quickly as you embarked on this hobby. Just as you would only purchase the gardening tools you need, take some time to consider the herbs that will be most beneficial to you in the present. This way, you will only be managing 2-3 at a time.
Use clay pots
While they are typically more expensive than plastic pots, clay is an absorbent material, meaning it can pick up any excess water from overwatering and prevent your herbs from drying out. If you are brand new to the gardening game, spending that little bit extra on pots that will help your herbs grow to their best potential.
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