Fresh spice from the garden: create an herb bed

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Sweet, spicy and tart aromas, packed in large and small, green, silvery or yellow-colored leaves, in addition to yellow, white or pink flowers - herbal beds promise a variety of sensual impressions. Even with weeding, aromatic clouds of froth rise through accidental touching of the leaves, and even the sight of a wisely cultivated herb garden is a blessing. The possibilities of the design are varied and always dependent on the space available.

What to look for when buying plants

In addition to the planning of the herb bed is the purchase of healthy, vigorous plants a prerequisite, if you want to create a new bed. Therefore, make sure in the garden center that the herbs are strong and well branched. The leaves must be fresh green and must not show any pest or fungal attack. An intense, but not too dense rootball is also an indicator of good plant quality. Nameplates help garden beginners distinguish the herbs later in the bed. If your garden center offers suitable plant plugs, you should buy these - or make them yourself. The normal plant labels stuck in the pots of the purchased plants are not suitable. They are usually made of cardboard or plastic and therefore quickly become illegible.

Our planting proposal for a species-rich herbal bed

Plant plan Herb bed

Our herb bed contains many different types of herbs

This herbal bed takes up only 2.50 x 1.80 meters area. It mainly contains species that need sun and permeable soil. Natural stone footboards store heat and facilitate harvesting. For compost and tarragon, work with compost, as they like it a bit wetter and more nutritious. Annual herbs such as basil and coriander should be sown elsewhere each year to prevent soil fatigue. As bedding border grows on the right side of the intensely fragrant Krainer Thyme (Thymus froelichianus). On the left and in the back are caraway-thyme (T. herba barona) and polei-mint. In the front, rocket serves as bedding boundary.

Soil preparation and laying out the plants

Soil preparation in the herb bed

Woman laying out herbs in the bed before planting

Loosen the soil thoroughly (left) and distribute the herbs according to the planting plan on the bed area (right)

Most kitchen herbs need well-drained, rather meager soil. Loosen the soil thoroughly and add additional sand to heavy clay. Distribute the herbs according to the planting plan on the bed area and ensure that there is enough space for the herbs to develop enough space to develop. Then gradually lift a hole with the hand blade for each plant.

Add herbs and plant

Pot herbs

Plant herbs in the bed

Spear the plant and loosen the root ball if necessary (left). Then put the plant in the planting hole and press the soil well (right)

Gently pull the plant out of the pot and loosen the root ball with your fingers as needed. Insert the root balls and gently press the soil to avoid any voids remaining in the soil. Finally, the freshly planted herbs are thoroughly watered. You should do without fertilizer or composting: too many nutrients affect the aroma in most species.

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