You might be wanting to grow some herbs but you’re stuck in a climate or location where you think they just won’t grow. Wrong! There are so many different herbs, there are virtually some that will grow in almost every climate. Read on to see what grows best where and find out what you can start growing today.
Stuck in Shade?
No problem. Unlike fruits and vegetables that always need some sun, there are herbs that can do just fine if they never feel a ray of sunshine on their face. Some herbs that grow just fine in full shade include: ginger, sweet woodruff, spicebush, and shiso. If your growing area does get a little sun, you may try also growing anise, parsley, hyssop, or lemon balm.
You can easily grow herbs even if you don’t have room, time, or the desire for a garden. Many herbs can grow just fine in pots, as long as they have good potting soil and are watered often. Some of the best herbs to grow in a pot include mint, chives, sage, rosemary, thyme, parsley, coriander, and basil. These herbs are easy to incorporate into your cooking and are easy enough to grow, even for the novice.
On a Wall
Yes, you can actually grow herbs on the wall. Especially if you’re short on space near your window sill, this may be a good option. The simplest option can be made from a couple of mason jars and board. Similar to potted plants, these herbs will need superior soil and will need to be watered frequently. Place your wall herbs near a window that will provide them with ample sunlight.
You might believe that where you live is just too cold to grow anything yourself. However, a number of herbs actually thrive in cooler climates. Some of these herbs include cilantro, chives, chervil, dill, and parsley. If you do live in a colder climate, be sure to use a compost-rich soil to ensure your herbs get the nutrients they need. You can also cover the soil with a plastic covering to help the soil retain some more heat.
Even in the Desert
It might seem hard to believe that anything green (aside from cacti perhaps) can grow in the hot, arid climate of the desert. Fortunately, there are some herbs that are actually naturally found in this climate and will do well in such an area. These herbs include arugula, basil, chamomile, chives, garlic, lavender, rosemary, oregano, parsley, thyme, and more.
Herbs may need a little extra care in the desert; be sure to plant them in an area where they get afternoon shade, when the sun is the hottest. If you do live in the desert, check out your local nursery and ask for advice on growing the herbs you are interested in—the experts there will know exactly what king of TLC each herb needs to thrive in the heat.
No more using the excuse “but herbs won’t grow here.” With the thousands of herbs that are out there, there is always a handful of herbs that will grow in every climate. Once you’ve learned what herbs grow best in your area, seek additional advice from local growers or fellow gardeners. Make sure you purchase the right soil and have the right setup for your herbs. After that, you’re ready to get growing!