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How To Plan an Herb Garden
By Monica Resinger

An herb garden can bring a person a lot of pleasure because there's so many 
things that can be done with herbs such as herbal crafts, herbal teas and 
herbal seasonings. On top of this, you get to care and tend for the plants 
if this is all you do, is enough reason to grow an herb garden. Seeing how the 
herbs mingle together and enjoying their fragrance are other benefits. 

By planning your herb garden, you will eliminate any frustration that may 
arise from planting an herb in the wrong area. For example, if you plant Basil 
a very shady area, it will not grow as well as if it were planted in a warm, 
sunny area. Also, your herb garden will bring you more satisfaction if you 
plan which herbs you will use. 

The first thing to think about when planning your herb garden is location. 
Full sun is the best for herbs, but it has been my experience that most herbs 
will grow in partial shade. If your herbs are planted in partial shade, they 
not grow as fast as when planted in full sun, but they will do just fine. The 
place to avoid is full shade, herbs simply will not do well in full shade.

When you have decided on a location for your herb garden, it's time to figure 
out which herbs you'd like to grow. To figure this out, ask yourself why you 
want to grow herbs. Is it for cooking, teas, potpourri, fragrance, or a 
combination of all these? Whatever reason you decide you're growing herbs for 
help you decide which herbs to grow. If it's for cooking, which herbs do you 
currently use? You could grow these, plus others that have caught your interest 
in the past. If it's for any of the other reasons, do some research first to 
find out what herbs are good for that interest. Visit the library and choose 
books on that subject, or search the Internet for information. Ask your herb 
growing friends. My e-book 'Getting to Know Mint' will help you learn about the 
the herb Mint with Description and Varieties, Growing Mint, Mint Problems, 
Caring for Mint, Using Mint: Culinary Uses (includes 17 recipes), Medicinal 
Garden and Household uses, Harvesting Mint and Preserving Mint; for more 
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You will also need to find out if the herbs you have chosen will grow in your 
zone and soil type. Again, the library and Internet will be good sources of 

Now that you have chosen the herbs you want to grow, it's time to put them 
into a plan. First, make a list of the herbs you will be using, leaving a space 
for its' description of height, foliage and/or flower color, and spacing 
requirements. To find these requirements, look these plants up in a gardening 
reference book. Decide what shape of bed you'd like and what size. Keep in mind 
that to be easily accessed, an island bed (a bed that can be accessed from all 
sides) should be no wider than 5 ft, and a border bed (a bed that can only be 
accessed from the front) should be no wider than 2 1/2 ft. 

Now take a piece of paper and a pencil and sketch in the shape of the bed. 
Look at your list of herbs and place your herbs according to height, and which 
plants would compliment each other. You can do this by sketching or writing in 
the names of the plant. If you change your mind about something, simply erase 
and change. As you are placing your plants, make notes of how far apart the 
plants should be spaced. You may even want to go as far as using colored 
to do some color coding or to color in the color of the plants. This sketch 
is your rough draft. You can use this as your planting guide.

The planning process can be just as enjoyable as planting and caring for the 
herbs. It also enables you to get to know your plants before they are even 
planted. Finally, as mentioned above, it will save you a great deal of 
frustration, so take the time to plan your herb garden. 

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that includes the following e-books: The Outdoor Decor E-book, The Gardening 
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