Herbs in Mounds
How much is too much?
Most herbs will not tolerate huge amounts of water.
They don’t like to have “wet feet” or their roots standing in water.
Sometimes out in the real world this can’t be avoided- like during
heavy rains. If you garden outdoors in a climate where lots of water
happens – think UP!
Raised beds and containers can help you out by raising roots above
the waterlogged soil level.
Raised beds do not need to be ‘constructed’ either, you can use a
mounding method to raise your plants up a bit.
To build one you mound up soil and plant directly into the hill or mound.
Add any soil amendments, then let the mound settle for a week or so before planting.
This type of raised bed is sometimes called a berm.
If you have hot dry growing periods, you may need to mulch the raised area. You might find that some herbs dry out faster when planted in raised beds during the summer season. Mulch can help.
Want more mulch benefits?
Raised mounds or berms can conserve water since only the herb plants in
the berm need watering.
Mounded beds can also warm up quicker in the Spring-meaning you may
be able to get out in the garden sooner!
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