5 Care tips for the herb bed


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Most herbs are fairly undemanding and easy to care for. However, there are a few important rules to keep in mind to keep the plants healthy, compact and vigorous. We will give you five tips for care for the herb bed or the herb garden, with which your plants get through the season well.

1. Fresh shoots by regular cut

Cut back the peppermint

After pruning, almost all herbs form new, aromatic shoots

A regular pruning is a very important care measure especially for the shrubs among the herbs such as genuine sage and rosemary, so that the plants remain compact and do not age over the years. One cuts the last year's shoots best in the spring on short stubs, where you should first wait for the rosemary flowering. But herbaceous herbaceous herbs such as cut garlic, basil or peppermint also repopulate after pruning and form fresh, tasty green. In any case, remove the withered shoots. Chives and pimples taste good only before flowering. By pruning before flowering you extend the harvest time with them.

2. The mulch does it

Potted shards serve as a mulch

Potted shards are well suited as a mulch for the herb bed

A sunny location and a warm, well-drained soil are ideal for many Mediterranean herbs. On the other hand, they do not like "wet feet". But in drought in midsummer, it is still for the gardener: pour vigorously! So that the water does not evaporate so quickly, it is recommended to cover it with mineral mulch, for example heat-storing gravel or - as in the example above - potsherds. The mulch layer also prevents weeds from spreading in the bed. However, the mulch layer should not be higher than three to four centimeters so that the plant roots still get enough air. Also note that many herbs do not tolerate humus rich soil. Avoid organic materials such as bark mulch as a ground cover.

3. Stinging nettle is the perfect herbal fertilizer

Apply nettle

Stinging nettle nourishes herbs well dosed with nitrogen and numerous minerals

Anyone who pours their herbs regularly with diluted nettle gruel will do them a lot of good: it makes the herbs more resistant to aphids and also provides many minerals such as iron, silica, potassium or calcium. In addition, nettles are a good source of nitrogen. For a homemade slurry, freshly cut shoots are crushed and placed in a bucket or a barrel with water (ratio: 1 kilogram to 10 liters). Now the mixture has to stand and ferment in a sunny spot for about ten days. It is stirred once a day. To bind the odor, rock flour can be added. Finally, pour the manure through a sieve to remove the stinging nettle residue and bring it out 1:10 diluted with water in the root area. Important: For hygienic reasons, never pour the diluted manure over the leaves if you still want to eat them.

4. Pour the herbal beds properly

Pour herb bed

In case of prolonged drought and the herb bed needs water

Most Mediterranean herbs get along well with dryness. However, there are also species that like to have something moister, for example peppermint. These should provide you with water, if it has not rained for several days and the soil is visibly dried out. You can use normal tap water for pouring, even if it is very calcareous, because there are hardly any lime-sensitive herbs. If you have a herbal spiral, you should in the absence of rain, also pour the upper floors, because the soil dries out very quickly because of the exposed location.

5. Permeable soil is the best winter protection

Winter protection for herbs

A tube mat protects Mediterranean potted herbs from freezing

Mediterranean shrubs such as rosemary withstand severe winters only in mild conditions with favorable microclimate. What many hobby gardeners do not know: Even at the time of planting, you can make arrangements so that the plants come through the cold season unscathed: Choose a sunny location sheltered from the east wind near a heat-retaining wall and ensure that the earth as possible low in humus and well drained. Winter wetness is for many herbs a much bigger problem than stronger frosts. As protection against winter damage, medicated Mediterranean herbs usually have a thick leaf filling in the root area in combination with a cover made of fir spines. Herbs in a pot should be kept in a sheltered place in front of a house wall.Isolate the root ball from the cold by placing the pots in wooden crates and lining them with dry leaves. Alternatively, you can wrap the pot herbs with tubular mats.

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