Herb gardening is a great way for anyone to start a home garden. Even someone who lives in an apartment building without cantilever parasols can grow herbs for their personal use. For persons who have yard space, the herb garden can be set up in a green house or in a shaded area in the yard. In addition, a variety of herbs can be grown that do not require high maintenance. The initial costs to starting a small herb garden are minimal and it will save you money in the long run.
If you live in an apartment building, you will need some containers, seeds or seedlings and soil. You can start with four or five small plant pots with thyme, chive, parsley and basil. Of course, you will have to choose plants that can survive well in the climate that you live in. If your apartment does not have a porch, then you will have to set up your plants where they can get adequate sunlight and where watering them will not cause a mess in the home. You have to mindful that herbs such as basil and thyme eventually need to be re-potted in larger pots with additional fresh soil.
For persons who have yard space, they can build a small greenhouse that can accommodate lots of plants. There is also the option to plant the herbs in the ground in a shaded area of the yard. When the herbs are planted directly in the soil, you will not have to worry about repotting them. If the plants have adequate shading, this reduces the need to water the herbs often. Depending on the watering needs of some of your herbs, you may want to install a drip irrigation system; however, this system will increase your water bill.
Starting and maintaining any type of garden takes time, money and dedication. It is best to start with a small number of plants so that you do not have to dedicate too many resources all at one time. As time progresses and your plants do well, then you can expand your garden, whether it is in containers or in the soil. You have to make sure that you have the time to water the plants and you may have to do some weeding from time to time. For the plants in the ground, you may want to add mulch to reduce the time and energy spent on weeding. You have to be prepared to weed because weeds deter your plants' growth.
Although some herbs are resilient to some plant pests and diseases, you have to monitor your plants to ensure that they do not get infected. Regularly check under the leaves and keep a steady watering pattern. For infestations that are caught early, you can try various home remedies to treat the herbs; however, if your plants have been heavily infested, you may have to discard the plants and start over.
If you are successful at herb gardening, you will reduce your grocery bill. You will also have herbs that you can share with family and friends. You may also be able to sell fresh herbs to earn additional income.