For some cooks, having an outdoor herb garden is the ultimate in luxury. Not only will everything be beautiful, but it’ll taste delicious too. Good cooking relies on good ingredients that inspire you to cook at a whole new level. An outdoor herb garden can make all the difference. What’s more, it’s not hard to do.

* Location – The location of your herb garden is very important. You want it to be close to your kitchen, so you can easily go out and get some for dinner. Consider using pots so that you can easily move them inside if needed for inclement weather. If you do that, you can grow herbs right on a trolley in pots and move it around where you want it.

* Prepare the Soil – You can simply buy a premixed soil for herbs and edible gardens. You can get that soil from any garden store including Lowe’s, Home Depot, and Walmart. It’s easy to find and easy to use. You can also mix your own if you compost. However, you’ll need to know what each plant needs to ensure that you get it right.

* Choose Your Herbs – Determine which herbs you want to plant. If you use the pot method instead of putting them directly into the ground, you can plant anything you want. Otherwise, you need to learn which herbs should be planted together and which shouldn’t. Planting herbs as companion plants with the rest of your garden can work wonders too.

* Start from Seeds or Plants – If you’re starting from seeds, you’ll probably need to get them started inside to baby them a little. If you’re starting with plants, just plant them in the spot you’ve set up for that plant.

* Water – Of course you need water. Make sure you have good water. If your water has a lot of minerals in it or smells a lot like bleach, you may have issues. You may need another way to water your plants such as rainwater catchment or water that is filtered without added minerals.

* Prune/Trim/Pinch – Each type of herb is a little different regarding its care. Research your herb so that you know how to prune it properly as it’s growing to get the most from it. Also, learn how to properly harvest herbs from your plants so that you can keep them growing for a long time.

Finally, enjoy your efforts with your first harvest. Start looking up recipes that use more herbs so that you can get the most enjoyment out of your outdoor herb garden. You can even dry them or freeze them so that you can easily use them all year long. To freeze, add to an ice tray, then add water. To add to soups and stews, just add an ice cube. To dry, hang upside down in an airy place and store in a cool, dry place.

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