A home garden is a must-have, especially if you love spicy food. Growing your herbs means you’ll always have fresh herbs and save money, too. 

Getting the right soil is a critical part of gardening because it reduces your work. Use potting soil instead of garden soil. Potting soil is more effective at draining water and is lighter and porous. Garden soil is dense and traps moisture inside growing containers, preventing drainage.

You don’t need a large space to begin gardening. If you have a balcony or any other outdoor space that’s exposed to the sun for a quarter of the day, you’re good to go. Here’s how to get started with your home garden. 

Choose a Spot to Grow the Herbs and Spices

1. The Balcony 

First, confirm how much sun your balcony gets–it should be at least 5 hours. A south-facing balcony in the Northern Hemisphere is best. However, East or West- facing balconies will also do as long as they get enough sun. 

Collect as many large containers as you can find, not just traditional pots. Get five-gallon buckets, hanging baskets, and small trash cans. Create holes at the bottom of repurposed containers for drainage. And water your plants regularly because these containers dry out quickly. 

Make use of overhead space–poles, fence panels, and trellises will keep your plants upright. Vertical space gives your herbs plenty of space to grow. You can also use window boxes and railing containers to grow your herbs on railings. 

2. Raised Beds

Any extra space you have in your home is enough for a home garden. Raised beds are ideal for small yards. A 4’x4′ square bed or an 8’x4′ raised bed can grow plenty of herbs. 

With 4-inch cinder blocks, also known as half cinder blocks, you can build a sturdy 8’x4′ raised bed quickly and affordably.The process takes about 20 minutes. You can even grow more herbs in the cinder block holes. 

Alternatively, you can use repurposed materials such as wood, bricks, or tires to create garden beds. Any object that can hold soil in it will work. 

Choose the Herbs 

If you’re an experienced gardener, you can get seeds to plant. But if you’re not, it’s best to use starter plants. They boost your chances of a successful harvest and save you 2-3 weeks of gardening time. If it’s your first time planting herbs and spices, start small.

Basil, mint, cilantro, and parsley are some of the best options for home gardens. They grow well and can easily withstand frequent harvesting. Let’s have a look at each.

Basil

Basil is a popular, fairly easy-to-grow herb which loves the sun. It thrives in rich, well-watered soil. To encourage fuller growth, regularly pinch the tops of the plant.

Parsley

Parsley with flat leaves has more flavor compared to the curly kind, so you may want to grow that. The herb grows best in moist soil that’s well drained. It’s also fairly hardy. 

Mint

Mint has an aggressive growth rate, especially in a strong, sunlight-filled environment. It thrives above the ground, in large containers where it can spread easily. 

Now that you know what you need to start your herb garden, the challenge may be getting the money to start the project. While it’s not expensive to start a  garden, funds may be a little scarce. In that case, car title loans can come in handy. Get yourself one today and start your dream garden.