Create small herb bed

A small but fine selection of herbs has space in every home garden. A strip the size of a vegetable bed is often sufficient for the self-sufficiency of fresh kitchen and spice herbs.


Create small herbal bed - Content overview:

  • site preparation
  • fines herbes - the French herbal mixture
  • Sow or buy seedlings?
  • Seeds: seed buying and sowing
  • Plant herbs

site preparation

First, pin the exact dimensions for your herb bed with the garden string.

Then clean the floor carefully. All plant remains and roots are carefully removed. After the soil sample, sand or composting may be needed. How to go through a soil sample and improve the soil can be found under Soil improvement in Herb Garden.

fines herbes - the French herbal mixture

Create small herb bed: herbs

Create small herb bed: herbs

The "fine herbs" of French cuisine are also doing well in the German herb garden. The classic herbal mixture, consisting of chives, chervil, parsley and tarragon, can be found since the Middle Ages in any better French cuisine or in the monastery garden. The extended version also includes other herbs such as branselle, basil, thyme and rosemary.
The "fines herbes" can be used in fresh form for the preparation of soups, sauces, omelets and cream cheese and be supplemented with onions, shallots, mushrooms, fennel, celery or truffles.
Of course, you can also dry the "fines herbes" for the fresh herbs cold season and keep in the glass.

Sow or buy seedlings?

Plant the herb bed with sufficient heat.

Plant the herb bed

In any case you should buy the following plants as young plants:

  • St. John's Wort
  • lavender
  • lovage
  • marjoram
  • balm
  • peppermint
  • rosemary
  • sage
  • chives
  • thyme
  • hyssop

Many medicinal and aromatic herbs come from climatically warmer zones. Seed cultivation is often difficult or even impossible. Since many herbs are cheap and available in good quality in pots, you better buy young plants here. This saves you effort and eliminates the risk of pre-cultivation.

If you want to harvest already in the first year, you should choose larger plants. Most of the pots are color coded and sorted by size, available in the garden center. Strong and healthy plants should be well planted, have no weeds in the pot and have fresh green leaves without discoloration.

Many seed companies offer their seeds via mail order on favorable terms and good quality.

Seeds: seed buying and sowing

Seed purchase is a matter of trust. The quick grip on special offers can bring later lack of success and trouble. So do not save in the wrong place, the joy of successful plant breeding makes up for the extra costs. Many herbs are suitable for direct sowing from April, if the plants are frost hardy, or from May to the icy sacred, if the species tolerate no frost. For some herbs, it is therefore essential to pre-cultivate them on the warm sill.

Pay attention to the packaging information and the expiry date. In addition: too early sowing in unfavorable light or temperature conditions leads to so-called Schwind Lingensmall, elongated, weak plants that are not suitable for planting in the field. Only the strongest plants will later find their place in the herb garden.

Plant herbs

  • Remove the plants from the pots and distribute them at the prescribed distance on your newly created bed.
  • More vigorous species are to be placed centrally, smaller than the planting.
  • With the hand bucket, you can lift holes according to the bale size and insert the plants.
  • Press the soil around the plant bales well. Then carefully slug the young plants with the coarse stream of the watering can.
  • The bales may not be washed free. With the flat hoe or by hand you can then level the bed again.

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