Food and dishes always taste better when they are flavored with herbs. Of course you can buy herbs. But those who want to harvest fresh herbs from their own garden, could create a practical herb garden itself. Do you enjoy handmade? If you are a real handyman, then you would certainly welcome our proposal. With simple tips and tricks, a little skill, and with the right tools and materials, the perfect herb garden is easy to create. How to create your new herb garden in a few steps and which criteria should be taken into consideration will be shown in the next lines. Here are a few unique patterns and creative design ideas for DIY herb gardens available.
Personalize the garden: create a herb garden!
Where should the herb garden be created? Which herbs should be grown? How much space do you need? For all these questions, you should think well before starting.
Since most herbs require a sunny location, the following rule applies: “as sunny as possible”! While many types of herbs prefer direct sunlight, others burn too much heat and sun. The right choice of location is therefore a must. In addition, there are different site requirements such as light and water requirements, drought and heat resistance, nutrient requirements, as well as wind and rain protection.
Everyone decides which herbs to choose for themselves. Everyone has their own preference. There are no fixed rules for this reason. A wide variety of herbs is available: from popular annual varieties such as watercress, marjoram and dill to biennial and perennial varieties such as parsley, lavender, mint, chives, etc. These include basil, lemon balm and oregano. Herb types differ not only in their taste, color and shape, but also in the care they need. One-year-old herbs can be sowed as seeds mostly in mid-May. Unlike the annuals, the biennial and perennial herbs are sawn as dusting plants in spring or autumn (September). So, consider the needs of the herbs!
Since herbs do not take up so much space, they can be grown in a variety of ways. There are no limits to creativity today, so that herb gardens vary in very different designs: from the popular flower beds, over tubs, to fascinating herbal spirals and even plant pots. Particularly suitable for natural gardens is a curved herb bed with casually grouped herbs. Among the typical materials that serve to limit the herb beds include, in particular, quarry stones, boulders, clinker, and roof tiles.
Grow herbs, but how?
Prepare a place!
First, carefully clear the place from the weeds! Then loosen the soil and improve loamy soil with sand and compost! Tip for the improvement of the soil: sandy, permeable and with little nutrients. Soil is the right one for Mediterranean herbs.
Harvest herbs for your daily needs on sunny days! The early morning is considered the best time, as the leaves of the herbs are still fresh and crisp.
Harvest the harvest!
Variant 1: drying
For herbs to dry properly, let them dry in a breezy and warm place in your own garden: best hang on a hanger! If the branches rustle, one should carefully strip the leaves! Then store them in dark glasses!
Variant 2: freezing
First cut the herbs, such as parsley or chives, small! Then put them in ice cube trays and fill with water! Store in aluminum foil in the freezer!
Variant 3: Insert in oil
Let herbs dry first! Then put in bottles with salt, pepper and garlic! Finally top up with olive oil!
Create a herb garden: show off herbs!
Who wants to present his herbs beautiful, should put on the herb snail, or herbal spiral! A really great and at the same time time-consuming opportunity to show off spice and medicinal plants properly, right? Create in a flat, high or rather steep shape? Depending on the variety, it depends on which alternative you would choose. When it comes to sun-hungry herbs, flat shapes are perfect. More sensitive plants, on the other hand, require high or steep forms. Usually a spiral consists of four zones: Mitellmeerzone, normal zone, damp zone and water zone.
To create the herb spiral you need reading stones.
Step by step to the beautiful herb spiral:
First set the circle! To save about 20 centimeters deep!
Then fill the gravel layer for drainage and create a flat rising drywall in a spiral shape!
If individual stones are used, the wall should be tilted slightly inwards!
Make sure the center of the spiral is at least 80-90 cm high!
Fill gravel or split! (up to half the wall height)
Nutrient-rich soil rich with sand! (in the upper part)
Fill up with nutrient-rich soil with less sand content! (in the lower part) Add additional compost here!
Create herbal snail!
Kräuterspirale – presenting herbs beautifully!
Create herb garden: mini herb garden
It’s not that hard to plant a beautiful herb garden, is it? But those who do not have their own garden, the sp mini-herb garden as a great option. Does the pattern in the picture below look so nice? If you want to create one yourself, you only need a little patience and skill, and everything works out for sure. Surprise with creativity!
Mini herb garden: genuine unique!
Herb garden in the city
Who says the herb garden in the city is impossible? But! Herb garden on the balcony or on the terrace could become a great eye-catcher. Convince yourself! Here is an attachment with pictures, how you could plant herbs in a confined space. Flower boxes, flower pots, as well as hanging staffs can be easily transformed into a herb garden. Look here, how it works:
Discover more great suggestions for DIY herb gardens in the following gallery!
Create your own herb garden!