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Q.Herb Garden Help

Zone 43209 | Anonymous added on May 28, 2021 | Answered

My husband and I are wanting to plant an herb garden in the next couple of days. Our garden plot is about 6 by 4 ft. We have already mixed up the soil with a layer of peat moss. We live in Ohio so the ground is very clay like. This is the first time I had planted a garden and so wanted to test the soil. The pH tested at 8 or very alkaline. Research I had done suggested that herbs liked a pH between 6.5 and 7. Would the peat moss be sufficient to reduce the pH of the garden? I also tested the soil for phosphorus,potassium, and nitrogen. The test came back that the soil was very low for all three of the nutrients. For herbs, would I need to put a fertilizer to help the herbs grow? We already have the plants and are ready to go into the soil. We did not start from seed.I did not know if I should purchase a fertilizer with NPK and put into the ground before planting the herbs? Johnnah

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Answered on June 2, 2021

I think the peat moss should work; your different plants are going to have slightly different preferences but the most important thing is to make sure there's great drainage so they don't get waterlogged. You can fertilize them, but be careful not to overdo it, since you will lose flavor and potency if you feed them too much. Here's some info:

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