Herb gardens are very popular in Spain and they have been used for centuries to provide relief from pain, as well as improve health. They’re a great way to add some color into your home or office without spending too much money. Some of the most common plants include mint, oregano, basil, thyme and rosemary. All these herbs are edible if cooked properly but it’s not necessary to do so since they taste good raw.
The best time to grow herbs is during spring and summer when they’re easy to get to and don’t require much attention. However, you’ll want to start them now because they won’t last forever!
If you live in a warmer climate like me then you might need to wait until fall before starting your herb garden. Spring and summer are the best times for herbs since there aren’t many pests or diseases that could harm them.
In my case I’ve always wanted to grow herbs in my backyard but it’s never really worked out. My neighbors have all their own herb gardens so I’m stuck with just one patch of ground here.
Since I don’t have any plans yet for what I’m going to do with this space, it seems like a perfect spot for a herb garden. I’ve already gotten some of the basic supplies I’m going to need such as a good water hose and some compost to “fertilize” the soil. I also got some small starter plants from my local nursery, they should be arriving any day now!
Now that I think about it, I think I’m going to grow more than just herbs this year. I’m going to grow some flowers as well since I figure it’ll brighten up the place.
My sister gave me a few suggestions and even offered to help! I’m still a little hesitant about that one though because she has a habit of stealing my ideas, or rather taking them and claiming them as her own. I guess it doesn’t hurt to have someone else do the work for a change!
I’ve always wanted to have a nice flower garden ever since I was a kid but I never had the time or money to do it. Now that I think about it, I’m going to need more than just soil to do this right.
Let me make a list so I don’t forget anything!
Planning a garden takes time and effort, especially if you’re new to it. I have always wanted to try it myself but never really had the patience.
It’s kind of like cooking in a way; it requires a lot of work just to end up with something that only you would appreciate.
Sometimes I think the reward isn’t always worth the effort but then again who is to say what is worth doing?
For me, the simple act of growing a flower is enough to make me happy.
In any case, I’m going to plan my garden as best as I can. The first step is to draw up a layout of where everything is going to go.
This will probably be modified several times but it’s good to have a starting point. I’ll need to take into account things like sunlight, rainfall and properties of the soil. My sister’s boyfriend is taking some college courses online and he says he can test the soil for me.
Now I just need to decide what kind of flowers I’m going to plant. I’ve always liked the color pink but that seems a bit too girly for me, I want something a little more bold.
How about some red roses?
I think they’d look great and smell even better! Roses are supposed to have a nice aroma and that’s important since I don’t want people walking away with a bad impression.
One thing I need to decide is whether or not I’m going to buy seeds to grow from or just buy plants. If I buy seeds then I can have my pick of the flower but I risk them not growing into what they’re supposed to be.
Of course buying plants is a more sure thing since I know what I’ll get but there’s less of a chance for variation.
I don’t think I’ll have that much of a problem getting the seed though; I mean there’s a garden centre just down the street from me. It’s a little on the expensive side but I get a discount since my mom works there.
If I can’t find what I’m looking for there, I’m sure one of the other garden centres in the city will have it.
Man, I can’t wait until everything gets here! The hardest part in all this is going to be waiting for my seeds to grow.
It always takes forever! I think I’m going to have to talk with my mom about taking a week or two off of work since I want to be home when my flowers are finally in bloom.
I hope Gramps doesn’t mess things up for me this year. I was thinking of putting the garden by the front walkway so everyone can see it when they walk up to my door.
Last year he put that stupid gnome statue in the front and it scared away more people than it attracted. I think I might have been able to get more trick or treaters last year if it wasn’t directly in front of my house.
Maybe I shouldn’t be too hard on him; after all it’s not his fault that he’s short sighted. He’s getting old so I don’t really know how much longer he’s going to be around anyway.
I’ll miss him when he’s gone, even if he is a bit goofy at times.
I’m supposed to go over to his place after work today, I wonder if he got me a gift card to that restaurant I wanted?
I guess there’s only one way to find out.
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