Fresh herbs from our own cultivation

Herb diversity from your own garden

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Growing herbs in your own garden has many advantages. Stroke your hand over your herbs and enjoy their fragrance. With these spices you can give your dishes a very special finesse. If you don't have a garden, you can cultivate most herbs in a flower pot on the balcony.
Fresh herbs from our own cultivation © shaiith / Fotolia

Choose the right location
The best time to plant herbs in the garden is spring. Here you can create a sunny herb bed or a herb spiral. Or you can place the plants between flowers in the shrub bed. Visually, it is always attractive to place the herbs individually, according to their different needs. It has proven to be a good idea to buy good quality young plants from the gardener in a pot.

The Mediterranean herbs are sun worshippers
The Mediterranean herbs love a full sunny location and a slightly sandy soil. They also thrive well in rock gardens. This group of aromatic herbs includes rosemary, oregano, curry herb, thyme and sage. Rosemary grows best protected from the wind and warm, and can grow into a real bush. Oregano, curry herb and thyme tend to stay somewhat lower. Sage also develops into a stately bush when it feels at home in your garden.

These herbs can be used in hearty dishes such as stews, sauces or as a delicious grill oil. This group of herbs also includes the perennial mountain bean herb, which also prefers a sunny location and would like to spread. Sage and rosemary make medicinal teas. All Mediterranean herbs can be dried for the winter. The herbs mentioned do not need much fertilizer. A little garden compost in spring and summer is quite sufficient.

Herbal plants for sunny to semi-shady locations
The following spices love it not so hot and sunny and prefer a fresh and nutritious ground: parsley, chives and marjoram. Also basil, dill and pimpinella as well as chervil, borage and tarragon. These herbs taste delicious in fresh salad dressings!

Lovage is almost indispensable for tomato dishes, but it needs its own corner because it grows really big. Basil and marjoram like it warm and protected from the wind. Basil is very easy to grow from seeds, especially since you then have a choice of many different types of basil. St. John's wort, mint and lemon balm need a little more space for themselves.
Fresh herbs from our own cultivation - in the raised bed© Gabriele Rohde / Fotolia

These herbs make wonderful spice and massage oils as well as healing teas and are ideal for drying for the winter. Fertilise every 3 to 4 weeks during the summer with some liquid fertiliser or supply your herbs with your own compost.

All herbs can be harvested from spring to autumn. Remove regularly withered and diseased twigs and keep the soil moist but not wet.

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