How to Plant an Herb Bed

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

Wicker Edging is Temporary Solution for Garden Bed

Wicker Edging is Temporary Solution for Garden Bed

A woven wicker edge makes attractive raised beds for herbs or flowers. Wicker will eventually rot away, so it is a temporary solution for the garden landscape.

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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

To start a basic herb garden, first find a good growing spot. The area should get full sun for at least six hours a day. The soil should be rich and dark and filled with nutrients. Add in organic matter and weed thoroughly.

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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

Use a plastic membrane to suppress weeds in a herb bed before planting herbs. This will also help warm the soil earlier in spring and retain moisture in summer.

©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

Dig a hole through the weed membrane and place the plant in it so it is growing at the same level as it was before. When all of the herbs are planted, water them to remove any air pockets.

©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

Outdoor herb gardens provide a wonderful opportunity to plant a wide variety of herbs. Design and plant herb garden once herbs are chosen and arranged according to their growing similarities.

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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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