Agri World Tips and Guidelines on Growing a Kitchen Garden April 27, 2022 – Posted in: Gardening
Growing Boxwood Basil, Peppermint, Fine Thyme, Parsley, Sweet Basil, and Sage
Herb gardens not only provide fresh herbs at your fingertips but also fill your environment with fragrance and an added bonus of greenery.
- Transplant seedlings into Agri World’s Potting Mix at a depth that completely covers the root mass. Ensure that the plant is stable and sturdy in the potting soil.
- The plants will take about three (3) days to overcome transplant shock and you will start to see the growth.
- Don’t plant your herbs too close as the Boxwood Basil, Peppermint, Fine Thyme, Sage, and Sweet Basil will need approximately 1-2 feet of space apart whereas the Parsley will only require 6-8 inches.
- It is important to have proper air circulation for your herbs, not only to allow for healthy vigorous growth, but also for reducing the incidence of disease.
- For the above-stated herbs (Boxwood Basil, Peppermint, Fine Thyme, Parsley, Sweet Basil, and Sage), please plant or place them in an area where they receive full sunlight. If you are going to have them indoors, a window location that is heavily bathed in sunlight is preferable.
General rule of thumb is: water often but do not overwater. The Potting Mix should be moist but never waterlogged or soggy as this will cause growth and disease issues. Do not allow the Potting Mix to become completely dry either. Water the Potting Mix directly and do not shower the plants.
Fertilize with Technigro Special Herb Formula every two (2) weeks or twice monthly at a rate of one (1) tablespoon (15 grams) of fertilizer to one (1) gallon of water. Apply this fertilizer solution/mixture directly to the Potting Mix and not as a shower on the plant. Again, this helps in disease prevention.
For insect pests, spray with a biologically derived pesticide such as a Neem-based one available at Agri World. This can be done 1-2 times per month always ensuring that you follow directions on the label.
Proper air flow and neither overwatering nor under-watering will aid in disease-free plants. If there is a case of disease, we suggest biological fungicides, for example, Serenade. As always, follow directions on the label.
Your herbs are growing and flourishing. It will soon be time to harvest and enjoy. This will happen 4-6 weeks after transplanting. Pick the leaves often and snip or prune some of your branches often as this encourages growth of new leaves and results in bushier plants.
If your herbs start blooming, remove the flowers as blooms halt new leaf production and growth as well as diminish the flavour and smell of the herbs.
Reach out to us at Agriworld for more information, tips, and guidelines.
Plant. Grow. Reap. Cook. Enjoy.