Growing your own herbs can seem intimidating. However, most herbs are easy and productive plants that can be grown in your kitchen or in your garden. Using herbs as part of your landscape also has its benefits, such as controlling pests. Keep reading to find the answers to some common herb questions.
What is the difference between annual and perennial herbs?
Annual herbs fall into two seasons: warm and cool. Warm season herbs, such as basil and stevia, are best planted between May and September. Cool season herbs, such as dill and cilantro, should be planted between October and May.
Perennial herbs, such as oregano, rosemary, and thyme, don’t specifically fall into the warm or cool season herbs. They can be planted in any season.
I don’t have a garden; can I grow my herbs indoors?
With the right conditions, you can have a thriving indoor herb garden. One of the most important things your herbs need is natural sunlight. Place your herbs in a window that can guarantee them at least 4 hours of direct sun. You’ll only need to water your plants when the surface soil feels dry. Make sure that your herbs are in a pot or jar with holes for excess water to drain so the roots don’t rot from sitting in stale water. Try to maintain a room temperature of 65-70 degrees with adequate humidity. You may need to lightly spritz your herbs once a week to keep them from drying out.
How can an herb garden prevent pests?
You can plant herbs around your home, throughout your landscape, or in your vegetable garden to help deter pests. Herbs like chives, rosemary, and mint smell delightful to us but insects will be repulsed by the smell.
For help with picking plants best suited for your landscape and Tucson’s climate, the professionals at Complete Landscaping are ready to help. Call us today at (520) 323-8918 to learn more about the landscaping services we offer.