Let’s imagine how fantastic it would be if we had all the vegetables and herbs we need for a dish, ready in our own garden. Doing so will not only save us money and a trip to the supermarket; it also ensures that the vegetables we consume are fresh and free of any harmful chemicals. When the food you put on your table comes from your own garden, you take back control over what you eat. On top of it all, it also good for your health, because gardening means exercise and can burn up to 400 calories per hour. Furthermore, it is a natural stress reliever and makes you happy, since you can take satisfaction in having grown your own produce.
We will tell you all the important information you need to know to get started and then to maintain a vegetable and herb garden, in 5 steps. We will also explain why it is beneficial to mix up herbs and vegetables in a bed and which plants are a must-have in your garden.
Find the perfect place
Before you start planting the vegetables and herbs, you need to find the perfect place. Most vegetables and herbs prefer or even need the sun, so you should make sure that you find a sunny place in your garden. At least six to eight hours sun per day is what your plants should get.
Choose the right plants
When it comes to choosing the plants, it is all about your personal taste. However, there are some vegetables that are easier to grow than others. Especially as a beginner, it is important to start step by step with plants that are easier to take care of. We will present you a few vegetables and herbs that grow easily and are easy to take care of.
Broccoli: This vegetable is full of nutrients and even survives a mild winter without any protection. It prefers a sunny place.
Peas: Peas are extremely easy to grow if you keep in mind that they cannot cope with hot temperatures. They should be planted in spring and late summer or autumn.
Tomatoes: No supermarket tomato can hold up in comparison with a fresh tomato straight from the garden. This vegetable loves the sun and tastes best when it is fresh. Unfortunately, tomatoes are not winter resistant.
Basil: This herb is used a lot when it comes to cooking. It is also very easy to take care of and does not need any special treatment as long as it has enough sun.
Mint: Mint is perfect for adding a special taste to drinks and food and is also an easy-to-grow herb. Make sure it gets a mixture of shade and sun and it will grow very fast.
Rosemary: Rosemary is known for being the easiest herb to grow. When it gets enough sun, it will grow rapidly and be a great enrichment to your herb garden.
These are only a few examples of plants you can grow in your garden. Of course, there are a lot of other options as well. As mentioned before, it is beneficial to plant herbs and vegetables in one bed. But why is that? Companion planting gives you the best possible result with less effort. Combining herbs and vegetables saves you a lot of work. As a bed enclosure, thyme, for example, keeps snails away. When planting basil next to tomatoes, the basil will make sure that no bugs like mosquitoes or flies will disturb the tomato while it is growing. And the list goes on and on. So, planting herbs and vegetable is not only an enrichment to your kitchen, it will also take a lot of work off your hands.
Prepare the soil
It is important to prepare the soil by nourishing it with garden compost and fertilizer
Make sure that you plant the herbs and vegetables that benefit from each other near each other. If recommended, use fertilizer.
Take care of your plants and be patient
The most important part is making sure that the vegetables get enough water to develop their final product. Herbs often do not need as much water as vegetables. And most importantly, be patient. Vegetables need time to grow but if you keep these 5 steps in mind, there will be a lot for you to harvest