This is a unique and exceptional course that will raise your
knowledge of herbs and opportunities to work with herbs, to a totally
Note that each module in the Foundation Diploma in Herbs is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.
Starting a Herb Garden
4 Golden Rules for the Beginner
Choose Herbs You Use
What will you eat or cook with? For most people that may be parsley, chives, garlic, mint, beyond those thyme, marjoram, basil and rosemary.
Choose what Grows for You
Most herbs grow don’t grow well all year wound. Some like it hot, others like it cool. Some need lots more light than others. Beginners should start with herbs that are in season and suit the conditions when you start your garden. You can always add others to your collection later; but there’s nothing more depressing than failing with the first herbs you ever try, and the way to avoid that is to leave the difficult ones until growing the easy ones is mastered.
Choose a Growing Method that Suits You
Herbs can be grown lots of different ways; small pots, large tubs, in your existing soil, in raised beds with imported soil, in hanging baskets, in no dig gardens, straw bale gardens or even hydroponics. They all work, but some techniques involve more attention to be successful. If your time and money are limited, your choices may be too.
Recognise Your Capabilities
Create a herb garden that is on a scale you can look after. Big gardens are great, but they can take regular and sometimes back breaking work to look after. A small collection of herb pots though might demand no more than a few hours of work a day.
IT IS ALWAYS BETTER TO PLAN AHEAD
Do you buy herb plants first, then try to work out where to plant them afterwards? You are not alone -most people do. That’s a bit like buying a truckload of building materials and then trying to work out how to use them to make your house. You wouldn’t do it for the house; so why do it for the garden.
If you want to save money, create the best garden, and eliminate waste; plan your herb garden first.