Buying starter plants is, no doubt, the fastest way to build an herb garden. But if you want to experience gardening in the realest way possible, try starting from seed. Herbs are quick growing and low maintenance; anyone could grow these plants even in the less ideal environments. In fact, most herbs love dry, hot climates. You just need to learn more about herb gardening in zone 9 so you know the plants that can tolerate high temperatures and best grow in warm regions. Also, starter plants can be pretty pricey.
If you’ve always dreamed of growing an herb garden, gain more experience as a grower. Do that without making a dent in your savings and we highly suggest trying herb garden kits.
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What to Look for in an Herb Garden Kit
Not all herb garden kits are created equally, so you need to consider three things: the types of herbs included in the kit, what components are included in the kit, and the setup (indoor or outdoor) for the garden.
Type of herbs: It’s vital to choose herb kits that come with your favorite herbs. There’s really no point in growing herbs if you won’t use them to season your everyday dishes. This goes especially for herbs that grow vigorously. These require regular pruning to maintain their size and keep their growth in check.
In addition, the kind of herbs that are included in the kit should thrive in the region you belong to. This ensures that the herbs you’re growing will thrive. Some kits provide more varieties than others, so always check the label.
Indoor or Outdoor Garden: Will you plant the herbs indoors or outdoors? If you have a small space for an indoor garden, be sure to choose an herb kit that contains herbs that are known to thrive in small spaces. Check the amount of sunlight that the area receives in a day to determine the best herbs to grow in that specific spot.
Some spaces look better with fresh greens in them, but some interiors would look better without these. See if an indoor garden will enhance the look of your space and if not, consider taking your herb garden outside.
Inclusions: Although growing herbs from seed means doing much of the work, the inclusions in the kit will make the entire process super easy. Our herb garden kits come with all the essential components you need to give your herbs the best start. The kit includes:
- biodegradable bamboo pots
- organic coconut coir soil
- sustainable bamboo markers
- a clear how-to manual
How long do the plants in herb garden kits last?
Herbs grown from herb garden kits are no different from herbs grown from starter plants. But in terms of the life cycle, it depends on the variety. Biennial herbs like chervil, parsley, and clary sage, for example, have a 2-year life cycle. It takes two years before these herbs stop production, go to seed, and die.
Annual herbs like basil, dill, sage, and cilantro have a short life cycle, about four months before going to seed and die. But, these do not require replanting because annual plants tend to come back.
How often do I need to water the plants in an herb garden kit?
Water only as often as needed. Watering herbs will depend on how thirsty the plant is as well as how hot the climate or temperature is. If it’s the summer season or you’re based in a region with hot and dry weather, water the herbs twice a day. In mild to moderate climates, water only when the soil is dry to the touch or if the leaves look slightly dry (but never wilted or browned from heat stress).
How do I know when the plants in the herb garden kit need to be repotted?
Repotting an herb plant is often done for different reasons. Often, it’s done to remove excessive roots that have balled up and tangled within the pot. When the roots start to become tangled, the plant won’t absorb enough nutrients from the soil. Not enough water will reach the herb as well. Tangled roots also lead to root death by rot and/or strangulation.
If you are wondering if your herbs need to be repotted, check out these signs:
- Roots are sprouting through the pot’s drainage holes
- Roots are pushing the herb plant up
- The herb plants stopped growing
- The foliage starts becoming top heavy and falls over easily
- Plant leaves look dry and require more frequent waterings
- The upper part of the plat is taking up more space
- Noticeable salt and mineral buildup on the planter or plant trunk
Most plants need to be repotted every 12 to 18 months, and this goes for herbs too. How often plants need to be repotted depends on how vigorous the plant grows. The best time to repot your herbs is during the spring season.
Buy ECOgardener Herb Kit Now!
Growing herbs using herb garden kits will give you a real taste of gardening. It’s the most affordable option too! If you’re looking for the perfect gift for aspiring gardeners, look no further. Our garden herb kits make herb gardening a breeze. Shop now at ECOgardener and start building the herb garden of your dreams.