Growing Basil in a Basic Herb Garden

A basic herb garden would not be complete without basil. If you are growing an herb garden, get gardening tips here.

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Whether you have already begun planning, or you need help getting started, here you will find some tips that will make your outdoor herb garden the joy and pleasure that it should be.

If you have never grown a single thing in your life, growing an herb garden is the perfect way to get started. Most herbs are very easy to grow, not too difficult to maintain and the rewards of being able to smell and taste the results of your labor make all the work truly worthwhile.

Basil is such a beautiful, fragrant, delicious herb that it deserves a place in any basic herb garden. Grow your favorite variety, or a combination of different variety. Heck, you could even create a show-stopping herb garden by only using different varieties of basil!

Creating a Raised Herb Garden

Herbs are easy to plant and can be tucked in anywhere you have some extra space. If you don't have any extra space, or if you have difficult soil for gardening, creating a raised bed herb garden is a great solution that is also easy on your back.

My husband built me a beautiful raised bed garden a few years ago and I love it. My plants are easy to get to without as much stooping, beding or squatting and we were able to fill the raised bed with fresh, nutrient-rich soil instead of having to prepare the thick clay that we have in the ground.

If you are not handy, or don't know anybody who is, you can also purchase a raised bed garden kit, like the one pictured to the right. Just read the reviews and you'll see how easy it is to put these beds together and get started with your gardening.

Selecting Herbs

Really, there is no trick to selecting the herbs that you want to grow. Choose what you like. Choose the herbs that you use most often when you are cooking. It really is that simple.

If you are looking for some inspiration, here are a few theme garden ideas that you might want to try...

Italian Herb Garden
  • Genovese Basil
  • Italian Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Fennel
French Herb Garden
  • Basil (any variety)
  • Bay Leaf
  • Parsley
  • Thyme
  • Tarragon
  • Chives
  • Rosemary
Salad Herb Garden
  • Basil (any variety)
  • Italian Parsley
  • Mint
  • Cress
  • Chervil
  • Chives
Medicinal Herb Garden
  • Basil
  • Chammomile
  • Lavendar
  • Aloe Vera
  • Mint

You get the idea. You can create your basic herb garden any way that you like, using the herbs that suit your own needs. Just remember that herbs are meant to be enjoyed so make sure that you enjoy the smell or the flavor of whatever you choose to grow.

Help is on the Way!!

Looking for a little more help in setting up your basic herb garden? No problem! Here are two great resources to help you build your very own herb garden.

Grow Herbs for Beginners The first is a series of videos or downloadable PDF files that take you through step by step to build out your herb garden. Grow Herbs for Beginners has great information for both the beginner and seasoned veteran, in a very relaxed and confident manner. There are two versions. The basic version is a downloadable series of PDFs, while the Super Video Version comes with the easy "how to" video guides. Both are eight week courses.

Fresh Herb Garden Books

Rather have a book? Looking for a shorter program to get your garden up and running? Here is a selection of books to consider. You will find several distributors. If you do not find exactly what you are looking for, click on the name of the book store to go to their site to do a more complete search. If you find a book you like while in the store below, click through to purchase the book.

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