For the first time ever this year, I planted an herb garden. I was really excited – remember my seed starts? Well, it didn’t turn out too well. I decided to do my homework to find out what went wrong, which led me to the Gardenieres at Miracle Gro and the community at the Miracle-Gro Facebook page.
I can’t believe everything I learned in such a short time. At the Gardenieres website, there are a bunch of video tutorials about ways to create a successful garden, no matter what level grower you are. The Gardenieres are led by Master Gardener William Moss. They know their stuff, and explain things well. I learned exactly what I was doing wrong in my little container garden.
I feel like such a dork… I invested all that time in growing my seeds, only to do it all wrong once I moved them out to my planter. I planted them too deep in my pots, to start with (thank you, Chris Cerveny, for exlaining that in container gardening 101). They also need a good potting soil like Miracle-Gro Potting Mix for good drainage and air flow, and they need to be fed, not just watered. I will also be investing in LiquaFeed this next time around – it makes feeding your plants as easy as just watering them. Your herb garden can last well into the fall with the right care. You know, provided you didn’t kill it earlier in the summer like I did. Ahem.
You experienced growers are shaking your heads right now, aren’t you? Hey – at least I know for when I try again. I got some great tips for my new-and-improved herb garden from this Gardenieres video – and more than that, I am motivated to try again.
Now that I found a great resource for planting tips and a great community, I’m really excited to start again with the things I’ve learned. Maybe you know a lot about growing already – if that’s the case, you can share what you know with newbies like me (and swap stories with other experienced gardeners) at the Miracle-Gro Facebook page. I’m glad there are green thumbs out there willing to help people like me! I can hardly wait to get started!