Herb Garden (for the black thumb)

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Herb Garden (for the black thumb)

Post by marsalilass » Fri Aug 06, 2004 11:17 am

Okay, so I've wanted an herb garden for a long time, but I have no idea how to get started. I have to tell ya'll that I'm horrible with plants so I need some suggestions. I used to despise gardening etc, but, for some reason, I'm being drawn to it now. I have this overwhelming desire to landscape my yard and have a little garden. I figured an herb garden would be a good first step and give me some experience before I attempt to move on to other things (like tomatoes!!! lol). Any help would be lovely!!!! THANKS! :hug:
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Post by Stormy » Fri Aug 06, 2004 1:42 pm

Actually, tomatoes are a great first plant - they are almost a weed in my opinion :-D easy to grow and hard to kill.

As for beginner herbs some that are easy to grow are most of the mint family such as peppermint, spearmint, catnip, dragonflower, etc. - most of the common culinary herbs are fairly easy as well, chives, basil, rosemary, etc.

If you make sure you have a spot that gets at least 6 to 8 hours of sun a day, prepare the soil well and add plenty of richness (like mushroom manure, screened compost, black topsoil), then mulch (with grass clippings if possible - they work fantastic and add to the humus of the soil as they break down), keep it watered and speak kindly to your plants, you will do just fine.



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Post by davisherm » Fri Aug 06, 2004 1:45 pm

My lady is an avid gardener, herbs and flowers, mostly. I'll see if I can get some info for you.



edit: or Stormy could beat me to it :-D
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Post by Wbdsgnr1 » Fri Aug 06, 2004 2:42 pm

I am just a little bit farther than you Mar.



I am currently trying to grow a few simple flowers, that are already done blooming, and a few herbs. The ones I bought from seed, they sprouted and then never grew any taller.....(rosemary and chamomile)



Then i bought some already started like catnip and sage, and I think I am far too busy for them too because they don't look so good now days.



But i wish you the best of luck.



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Post by Debbrah » Fri Aug 06, 2004 3:51 pm

So... If I can kill tomatoes I'm doomed? :-o



It helps if you match the plants with the area.. study a bit where they come from. I have beautiful curry plants, lots of wormwood and mint, and I've had good luck with angelica because they got planted in places that worked with them.



Meanwhile I've killed many, many, many plants because they were planted in less than ideal places and I didn't give them enough attention.



Either plant very appropriate plants or be committed to a lot of time and still probably more than a few dead plants.
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Post by Lotus » Fri Aug 06, 2004 4:03 pm

Mint and oregano will choke out the roots of other plants so be careful where you plant them because they will take over entire flower beds.



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Post by marsalilass » Fri Aug 06, 2004 5:33 pm

Well, if it helps . . I live in Oregon . . . we get rain nearly every day 9 months out of the year. Only get sunshine occasionally . . except during the summer!



Thanks for the suggestions and info! Looks like I have some work cut out for me just understanding how to take care of the soil :-o Books . . sounds like I need good books . . any suggestions on beginner gardening books? Something like "The Complete Idiots Guide to Gardening"! lol



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Post by irismoon » Tue Aug 17, 2004 4:54 am

I see this is a slightly old topic, I hope no one minds me adding on.



http://www.botanical.com/botanical/mgmh/mgmh.html



I hope the link helps you as much as it's helped me Marsalilass :-D One word of warning though, watch out for the Bishop's weed(Gout weed), sweet woodruff, and plants of this nature, as they will surely take over without proper containment.



BTW, does anybody here have gout or maybe just like a good salad? :lol: The people who owned this house before us planted it, and I'm still digging the stuff out----a year and a hlaf later! :-x The darn stuff started to creep into the grass in my yard #-o

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Post by marsalilass » Tue Aug 17, 2004 7:27 am

That's great! Thanks for the info :-D Now I just have to get my tooshy back out to the yard and start weeding again! lol



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Post by irismoon » Thu Aug 19, 2004 6:49 am

No problem at all :-D We gardeners have to stick together ya know ;)



Here's another link for you http://www.gardenguides.com/herbs/herb.htm This one has some good info as well, just type in your herb.



Best of luck on your weeding. Around here, we've had soooooo much rain, the weeds are sprouting in every which direction! (and biting bugs of every kind :evil: )
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Post by autumnraven13 » Thu Aug 19, 2004 6:12 pm

An easy gardening project would be a raised garden bed. All you do is build a square type outline from wood and fill it in with dirt and then plant all the aromatic herbs your little heart desires. Any herb from the mint family will surely take over the garden but at the same time, they grow in no time.
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Post by marsalilass » Fri Aug 20, 2004 7:30 am

Now that would be a really good idea . . . I have a perfect spot for something like that even.



I'm going to be spending more time outside this weekend weeding and getting things ready! Oy! It is such a huge job and my husband just keeps laughing at me because he doesn't see the point. So he's really no help!
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Re: Herb Garden (for the black thumb)

Post by aikenjones » Fri Dec 24, 2010 9:55 pm

Try growing with simple flowers and also visit local gardeners, that will help you very much.

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