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Starting your very own herb garden can be the easiest thing in the world. For starters, most herb plants are hardy plants that can thrive well in almost all climates and locales. Also, your herb garden does not need to be expansive. A few patches of one type of herb can serve its purposes. However, the first thing you have to figure out when starting this endeavor is exactly what kind of garden you are planning to have. There are 3 general types of herb gardens.
Culinary herb gardens are the most common. In fact, these are now so prevalent in most modern homes that they are being commonly referred to as kitchen gardens. Typical herb shrubs used in the said gardens include: basil, bay, cilantro, coriander, dill, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, rue, sage, and thyme. Tea, fresh oolong or any other type of tea plant, now also belongs to a typical kitchen garden. This, however, is different from conventional vegetable gardens, but many homes now carry both types at the same time.
Medicinal herb gardens are those that are supposed to serve as a source for more traditional forms of remedies. These gardens are now enjoying a resurgence of sorts, especially since people are re-discovering the power of natural, organic and alternative treatments to diseases, illnesses and bodily aches. Typical herbs found in such gardens are: chamomile, dandelion, dill, eaglewood, foxglove, garlic, hawthorn, konjac, peppermint, purple coneflower, smearwort, sweet sagewort, wormwood, and yarrow.
Lastly, religious herb gardens are those that carry the most aromatic herbs. These days, herbs harvested from such gardens are used primarily as ingredients for aromatherapy. Some of the most common herbs found here are: ague root, alfalfa, chicory, frankincense, hyssop, lavender, myrrh, and saffron.
If you are starting your vegetable garden, here are some of the most basic things you need to know. One: not all vegetable plants are terrestrial; some can be aerial. The aerial plants are the ones that need enough wooden support to climb and suspend its fruits. Examples of these are certain types of squash, eggplant (aubergine); and all types of gourds. Technically, these aforementioned plants are considered fruiting plants. Nonetheless, these are still staples in any vegetable garden.
Two: some vegetables are aquatic, meaning that these need to thrive near or right in the middle of a water source (e.g. swamp cabbage.) Three: not all terrestrial vegetable plants produce above ground. Root crops like potatoes, peanuts, and carrots all yield their produce underground. And lastly: a vegetable garden, like most fruit garden would need vigilant care because it is the favorite haunt of vegetable eating insect and animals.
Saying thus, the first thing you need to do to start off your own vegetable bearing patch is to determine the size of your planting area. Your planting area helps determine what and how many vegetable seeds you can plant in one season. Some vegetable plants would need a lot of space in order to grow, such as cabbages and lettuces. These vegetables must be spaced widely apart to allow maximum growth. If you have limited space though, you can either have the aerial plants mixed with the terrestrial plants as a way of utilizing the same space.
Make sure though that the plants growing under the shadow of the aerial plants are those that do not need a lot of sunlight to thrive. Plants like tomatoes and cabbages need long exposures to sunlight, and may not fare very well in shaded areas.
Or you could try hyrdophonic farming, where plants are allowed to grow in their own miniature bio-pot while suspended in water. But the thing is: hydrophonic farming may save you a lot of space, but this method of farming entails a lot of specialized equipments and apparatuses.