Zone 9 is one of the most diverse regions in the world. There are many different types of flora and fauna living there. The climate varies from hot desert like areas to cool mountain ranges. The area is home to many plant species which have been cultivated for centuries. Some of these plants were used medicinally or even eaten raw. Other plants are poisonous and must not be grown near humans.
The region is also known for its wildlife such as the Mojave Desert tortoise, the Gila monster lizard, the Arizona pronghorn antelope, and others.
There are several ways to grow herbs in zone 9. You can grow them in containers or you can grow them outdoors. All kinds of herbs are suitable for both methods.
Growing Your Own Herbs In ZONE 9: Containers Vs Outdoor Method
Containers: Containers are the easiest way to grow herbs indoors since they require little space and minimal maintenance. They do not need any irrigation system either so watering is easy. However, they may suffer from mildew if left outside too long due to lack of air circulation.
Outdoor Herb Gardens: An outdoor garden is more suitable for large herb gardens. They need space and may be susceptible to weeds, bees, and other insects. However, they provide richer soil than containers and are easier to grow due to better lighting.
An outdoor herb garden also provides a nice scenery and smells better than an indoor container garden. This is the best way to go if you have the space and time to maintain it.
Herbs You Can Grow In ZONE 9
There are many herbs you can grow in zone 9. Here is a list of several types of herbs that you can grow in this region:
Basil: Basil grows best in full sun, but it will do fine in partial sunlight as well. It can also survive relatively cool temperatures so you can grow it outdoors or indoors. It can be grown either from seed or from cuttings.
Sources & references used in this article:
Low-Maintenance Herbs by EA Vincent – pdfs.semanticscholar.org
Herbs in Bloom: A Guide to Growing Herbs as Ornamental Plants by M Preus – 2000 – Sasquatch Books
Demographic responses of herb layer species to experimental canopy gaps in a northern hardwoods forest by MR Morales – HortTechnology, 1999 – journals.ashs.org
Designing an Herb Garden by D Buettner – 2012 – National Geographic Books
Ecological status and traditional knowledge of medicinal plants in Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary of Garhwal Himalaya, India by BS Collins, STA Pickett – The Journal of Ecology, 1988 – JSTOR
Possible ecological mechanisms for loss of vernal‐herb diversity in logged eastern deciduous forests by B Hanson – 2004 – books.google.com