Practical Tips on Growing Your Own Herbs
When innovators Mara Pardo de Tavera and Gil Carandang encouraged us to get our hands dirty and learn about urban gardening, we did not expect that we would be doing it this soon. After visiting several farms and talking to other successful urban gardeners about it, we started building our kitchen garden by buying herbs.
Here are 4 ways to get started on growing your herbs:
1. CHOOSE YOUR FAVORITES. We started with 5 popular herbs to experiment on, plus 4 other herbs which we bought out of curiosity : basil, rosemary, sage, swiss mint, lavender, maravillosa or citronella, goto kola, cat whiskers and stevia. After a little over eight weeks, we are relieved to see them alive and healthy!
2. READ, READ AND READ MORE. Search the internet or buy books. There are a lot of good books about gardening and herbs. We are reading now “The Organic Garden” by Christine and Michael Lavelle. The more you learn about herbs, the more you are encouraged to grow them.
3. BUILD AND THEY WILL COME. The best way to learn about herbs you are not familiar with is to grow them yourself! You don’t have to buy all of them at once. Enjoy the thrill of collecting herbs. We buy new herbs each time we visit a farm and/or weekend market. To date, we have around 30 potted culinary and medicinal herbs.
Here are some of our new potted herbs we bought yesterday at Nuvali Green Market:
4. LEARN FROM THE EXPERTS. Yesterday, we were glad to make it just on time to attend Gil Carandang‘s basic workshop on herbs in Nuvali Green Market.
Gil brought some seedlings from Herbana Farms, too, so we thought it would be very handy to have these are culinary and medicinal herbs in our own garden:
If you want to learn more about herbs, join our urban gardening workshops such as the one we included in the “MARKET-TO-PLATE TOUR”. Most of our tours include a special hands-on urban gardening workshop entitled, “Growing Your Own Herbs”. You may call 0922 895 3975 or 347-3975 and inquire about our upcoming workshops.
What are your top 3 favorite herbs and why do you like them?