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Herb Garden Plan

Picture this...you are cooking a great breakfast for your family or your significant other, but there is something missing. You go outside to your Herb Garden and pick some fresh chives to sprinkle on your eggs or fresh cilantro for your Huevos Rancheros, Ahhhh!

Or maybe you're making some homemade pizza for your friends. You go out to your Herb Garden to cut some fresh Oregano and Sage to top it off with.

This Herb Garden plan is:

  1. Fairly common formal European design
  2. Functional and attractive
  3. Versatile so you can shrink it for smaller yards or blow it up for larger ones.

Having the walkways make all the planting areas accessible from all sides means you can maintain, and harvest the herbs without stepping on other plants.

Keep the hedges low so you can bend over them and work the soil without too much fuss.

But before we get too carried away, let's talk about the requirements for the plants. When you are thinking about where you would like to install your Herb Garden, first you must consider a few things.

  1. 1. Most Herb Gardens need full sun preferably for the whole day. With the exception of mint, all the other Herbs need full sun, the more the better. Sun & heat bring out the oils and flavor of the herbs.
  2. 2. You need to consider your soil. Herbs like a fairly alkaline to neutral soil. If you're not sure, have your soil tested by the local county extension office or college.
  3. 3. Good drainage is also a big consideration. Herbs will not do well without good drainage. Adding orgainc materials will improve any soil. After the root systems get established, most herbs will do well without a lot of water, so cut back on watering after the first 2 seasons.
  4. 4. All soils should have compost added when preparing the soil. It adds to soil fertility while it decomposes and helps the soil structure.
  5. 5. Fertility. An organic fertilizer is best as herb gardens don't require or even like a lot of fertility. You will sacrifice oils and flavor and encourage growth. What's really nice about herbs is if you use them regularly, and cut pieces off the plant, you are essentially pruning the plant at the same time Take care not to cut too much, but if you routinely trim pieces off, you will keep the plants from getting out of control.

If you find that you are not using your herbs fast enough, you can share with friends, put pieces in plastic bags and freeze them for use later. Some herbs, of course, can be dried and kept for use later.

Do some research for other uses you might not have thought of before. I started putting basil on all my sandwiches, eventually my kids loved this.

Put pieces in your salads, don't be afraid to experiment, you might find something you really love.

Elements of the Herb Garden Plan

To download this plan and use it for yourself, right-click on the plan, when the menu appears, click on "print" then on options. You want to find the enlarge option and print at 150% to print it at a full 8 1/2" x 11". then you can measure with a 1/4"=1' scale to know all the measurements of the plan.

I want you to think of this herb garden plan as versatile, make it your own. I have included a planting plan but I want you to not be afraid to change it to suit your own likes.

I did include a small hedge around all the planters and small trees to add structure. This keeps the garden together when the plants inside can look a little eclectic.

Herbs can go through periods where they are not the most attractive plants in the garden and the hedges add a structure that does not change and keeps the garden looking consistently good.

Feel free to plant the herbs you like best. I have used herbs used most commonly. Maybe you want one of the quadrants to house only Basils, or only Lavenders. I have included Scented Geraniums because they are one of my favorites.

The herb garden design really gives you the freedom to personalize the plants while still getting the overall look the same.

If you live in a cold winter climate, some of the herbs will be treated as an annual, having to be replaced each year, but again, here is where the hedges come in and keep the structure of the garden intact.

If you have the room, grow the herbs I have on the plan and expand on the list, experiment a little.

Look at your local nurseries to find some unusual herbs or if you don't have luck there, do some research on the internet and find some mail order nurseries online. I think the more you experiment with this garden, the more fun you will have.

Let's Get Started!

So let's get started by right-clicking on the herb garden plan, and printing it.

You can also order our 4 page Landscape Plan Package  that includes the Plan View with all dimensions and details called out. This includes the Plan View shown here along with a Plants and Materials List showing plants keyed to the plan that will do well in your area and a materials list showing what is used for the hardscape.
 
We include detailed images like you see on this page so you can see what the finished yard will look like. Planting instructions and tips for caring for the garden is included as well to ensure a successful yard you can be proud of long-term.

Lay out the area in your yard and mark the walkways with stakes and string. Think about how you will irrigate the area and install your pipe if you are choosing to use an irrigation system.

A drip system using a perforated drip tubing will be a good way to irrigate this garden.

You can then choose to make the walks out of bricks, like my example, or you can choose pavers, decomposed granite, or any other paving material you like.

If you're using brick, I would start by outlining the planters with brick laid on their sides to make a small edger that keeps soil from washing onto the walks.

Then you can fill in with the brick laid in a running bond pattern. Fill in between the bricks with sand mixed with a little cement and wet it down when it is complete. The mixture with dry hard and keep the bricks together.

Next you will want to prepare the soil like I discussed above. Rake out the clods and water the area thoroughly for a couple of weeks to let the soil settle. Use this time to gather together your plants.

Then the big day to install your herb garden, do the hedge first, boxwoods are great, place as close together as possible for a quick hedge. Then after your hedge plants are in, plant the trees and then you can install all the herb plants.

I would recommend using smaller plants to start with since they generally grow quickly. Water regularly for the first season and keep the weeds pulled. Before long you will be enjoying the joys that come with using herbs from your own garden. Give the plants a chance to grow a little before you start cutting.

A Few Last Words

Now that you have all the tools to start your own Herb Garden, what are you waiting for?

Just remember the guidelines I have outlined here and remember to make this herb garden plan your own, inject your own personality so it becomes your own.

You will then have the satisfaction of knowing you added your own touch. Most of all, have fun. This is an enjoyable herb garden that will serve your needs and become a source of enjoyment. I know mine always does.

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