Finally your herb garden is up and running! You’re almost there, I promise. The only thing left to learn is how to maintain your plants, so that they can last as long as possible.
If your plants are sitting on a windowsill – or anywhere for that matter, you should rotate them about once a week to prevent them from gravitating toward the sun, and leaning heavily in one direction.
Harvesting your Herbs
Neglecting to trim often enough is another common mistake – Remember: Trimming encourages growth! Cutting back excess leaves and pruning often are key to a healthy plant – but picking the leaves from the right place is even more important. The big luscious leaves at the bottom may look like a great place to start – but these are the ones that absorb the most sunlight, and keep the plant growing.
You want to trim the herbs at the top for a few reasons:
- If you pluck from the bottom, the plant can become too top-heavy, and topple under its own weight.
- When you cut the herb just above the new growing leaves, two new stems will grow outwards in a V shape.
- You’ll get to harvest younger, fresher herbs!
Check their Vitals!
One last thing. Give sick plants some time to get better! There are a lot of reasons why a plant’s leaves might turn yellow or wilted – but before you jump to conclusions and toss it away, there may be some ways to revitalize it.
Think of it as a sick friend – sometimes they don’t look their best, but after a bit of care, they spring right back to life. Do a little research, and if you see signs of life, there’s good a chance the plant can survive. Check the soil – if it’s waterlogged and smells rotten, it might be the end of your herb. A plant that’s alive however, will have a healthy root system,
and dead branches above the surface may be hiding growth buds
underneath the soil.
And there you have it! Everything you need to know to get your herb garden started and maintain it for the long run. Go out there and get your hands dirty, and turn those thumbs green. Just remember – it’s easy to get caught up in the gardening phase, but the herbs are there to be eaten!