Where did you go wrong with your herb garden? Steer clear of these common gardening mistakes and you’ll have a healthy herb garden in no time.

Location, location, location…

Be sure to position your herb pots to suit the varieties that you have selected. Most herbs require ample sun.

Lavender and thyme, found in Mediterranean areas, are best grown in terracotta pots. Whereas Asian herbs like Vietnamese mint need more water and are best suited in plastic pots. Do you research into the amount of sun and shade that your herbs need for success.

Accidentally selecting sick plants…

When selecting your herb seedlings, look for the healthiest plants available. If you find one insect or bug, disregard the entire plant as there will be plenty more that you cannot see.

Taking time and giving thought to your plant selections will give your herbs the best chance for thriving.

Two’s company, three’s a crowd…

It’s easy to overcrowd your herb garden from the outset. Read the tag of each plant to estimate the its fully-grown height and width. It is best to give each plant enough space to grow to this size and establish its root system for optimum survival.

Steer clear of chemicals…

Never EVER put chemicals or fertilizer onto your herb garden. Always opt for natural fertilisers or products deemed as ‘safe for edibles’. Compost tea applied to the soil is ideal.

Thirsty herbs…

Watering your herb garden everyday will make a huge difference to its survival. However, always water the soil as the base and not the leaves, otherwise this could lead to mildew.

No need to flower…

It’s easy to be seduced by the pretty flowers sprouting from your herbs, but these need to be removed ASAP unless you want your whole plant to die for the season!

Where’s the mulch?

If you didn’t use mulch on your herb garden – there’s your immediate problem. Mulch is a must for growing a herb garden, as it helps keep the weeds away and the soil maintain moisture.

Don’t forget to prune…

Herbs need to be cut back regularly, otherwise the stems grow too tall and the leaves fall dry from the plant. Keep your plant in the growth stage by occasionally pruning.

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