You’ve got your herbs planted. Now what?
You need to keep them well watered. Yes, sunlight is important but so is regular watering.
When to Water Your Herbs
When should you water your herbs? Sure some of your herbs will come with instructions but the vast majority of your herbs will need to be watered … …as soon as they are dry. You can tell by looking and feeling the dirt around your plants. If you’ve planted in a medium, such as potting soil, you can get by with watering less as the potting mix will hold more moisture. Good garden soil will also hold more moisture than sandy soil. In sandy soil you might need to water every day!
A good way to tell is to poke your finger into the dirt. Is there moisture a couple inches down? Can you even poke a 2” hole? If the ground is hard and dry then water. Don’t wait until the plants wilt.
How Much Water to Use
Once you’ve figured out what kind of soil you have… one that holds moisture well, one that holds too much moisture or one that drains through fast, you’ll quickly figure out how much water to give them. You don’t want to water so much that there is standing water but enough that the roots can get to moisture.
Some herbs like to dry out a bit… lavender for instance. Other herbs like basil don’t mind being a little damp. still be a little moist when watering, but with lavender, wait until it is completely dry.
Harvesting the Herbs
You’ve planted. You’ve watered. Next up… harvesting!
Most herbs do well with trimming. You just trim off the part you’re going to use in your cooking or crafts and let the rest of the plant grow. Even if you’re just planting herbs for the enjoyment of having them they’ll ultimately do better if maintained by keeping them trimmed. As long as you’re in the herb bed, go ahead and pull up and grasses or weeds that are in the bed. No sense watering the weeds!