I have a brick garden box and will be growing herbs and vegetables in the container. I am interested to know the best way to seal the inside of the box. I was going to use Bitumen and then line it with plastic. Is there a better method? The garden box is about 1/2 metre high.
Dear Brick Garden Box Owner:
The question I pose to you is - are you growing oganically? If so, I do not recommend using Butumen to seal the inside of the brick. There are chemicals in the Butumen which will leach into the soil and absorbed by the root system. I suggest lining the interior with landscape cloth which will contain the soil and allow the water to drain. The plastic will breakdown within a year.
Carolina Gardener -
I just want to know what an existing herbal garden helps with.
Herbal gardening is wonderful for food and medicinal reasons in a house. You can read about herbs, their uses and benefits here: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/hgen/plant-herb-garden.htm
How easy is it to start an herb garden?
Very easy. As a matter of fact, it is one of the easiest types of gardens to have. Once planted, herbs need very little care. Here is some more information on starting an herb garden:
What herbs are the most used in cooking and are nutritional? What herbs can be grown indoors the easiest? Do all herbs require direct sunlight?
Basil and oregano are probably the most commonly used herbs. This article will help you with choosing some:
All herbs need direct light. If you do not have this from a window, you can use a fluorescent light to supplement.
Where can I purchase Thai herbs to plant?
Many online garden retailers are available that specialize in these herbs. Doing a local search online may also provide you with nearby nurseries/plant specialists in your area that can point you in the right direction.
Should I wash and air dry my herbs before freezing them?
Yes, you should always wash herbs prior to using or storing them. This article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/hgen/freezing-herbs.htm
Your site said to divide perennial herbs every two to three years. I have had an herb garden and I have always let the plants go to seed at the end of the season, but I have never dug them up and divided them. Is dividing herbs every two to three years still necessary if you let them go to seed? Should all perennial herbs be divided every two to three years? When should the dividing be done?
Plants, like animals, have a lifespan. Dividing helps to reset the clock on that lifespan for plants. If the clumps in your herb garden are due to reseeding, dividing is really only necessary if the clumps become too big. But, if you have noticed that herb clumps have less vigor and are dying out in the center, dividing the clumps can help to revitalize them.