How to Plant an Herb Bed

Forget your spice cabinet, and grow your very own herbs with this step-by-step planting guide.

From: DK Books - Gardeners Guide
Wicker Edging is Temporary Solution for Garden Bed

Wicker Edging is Temporary Solution for Garden Bed

©2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2009, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Materials Needed

  • herb plants of choice
  • grit or organic matter
  • plastic membrane
  • sharp knife

Step 1: Prepare the Soil

Choose Sunny Spot to Prepare for Herb Bed

Choose Sunny Spot to Prepare for Herb Bed

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Choose a sunny spot, and prepare the soil by adding grit to heavy soils or organic matter to lighter soil. Weed the area thoroughly.

Step 2: Control the Weeds

Lay Plastic Membrane to Suppress Weeds in Herb Bed

Lay Plastic Membrane to Suppress Weeds in Herb Bed

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Lay plastic membrane before planting the herbs to suppress weeds. This will help to warm the soil earlier in spring and retain moisture in summer.

Step 3: Plant the Herbs

Plant Herbs Through Slits Cut in Weed Membrane

Plant Herbs Through Slits Cut in Weed Membrane

©2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Use a sharp knife to cut holes in the membrane, and plant through it. For a formal design, consider edging with a low box hedge.

Step 4: Give the Herbs Space

Choose Variety of Herbs for Garden Border

Choose Variety of Herbs for Garden Border

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2011, Dorling Kindersley Limited

Choose a variety of herbs that prefer the same growing conditions. Arrange them before deciding their final positions, allowing space for them to grow.

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