The Q&A Archives: Starting An Herb Garden

Question: To start an herb garden, one needs to choose a site that has what sort of exposure? Sun, partial sun, shade? Also how does one prepare the soil? What sort of herbs are typical? Lastly, how can the gardener include such delectbles as mint while keeping them from invading the whole garden?

Answer: Most culinary herbs are native to the Mediterranean so they take full sun, but need well-drained soil. They don't like their roots sitting in wet soil. They also don't need overly rich, organic soil. Their are numerous possibilities, including oregano, sage, rosemary, thyme. It really depends on what you like! Parsley, cilantro, and basil still take full sun, but they can take a slightly richer, moister soil. For invasive mint, dig a hole to fit a five-gallon container. Cut the bottom of the container, put it in the hole level with the surface, and fill with soil. Plant the mint in it. Spread mulch over the area to hide the container rim. This provides drainage, but contains the mint from spreading.

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