A herb bed - but not too big
Herbs enrich the kitchen immensely and are currently popular, not least because of their healthy power. With your own herb bed you can supply yourself with some of the aromatic delicacies completely self-sufficiently. However, if you cannot expand the system far due to lack of space, certain types of herbs can be cleverly arranged with one another in a small space. Examples of ways to grow a mini herb bed are:
- small area in the open-air bed
- Balcony box
- Wooden box on the windowsill
- Combination pot
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The alternatives to the outdoor bed also have a nice decorative added value, especially on the balcony and terrace.
Space organization - suitable herbs
The basic rule for a small herb bed is to avoid vigorous or space-intensive varieties such as lavender or lovage. On the other hand, herbs that are suitable for the mini bed are:
Location for the herb bed
For a small herb bed outdoors, choose a location that is as sunny as possible - because most types of herbs need a lot of light, especially Mediterranean herbs like rosemary, thyme or oregano. The sun rule naturally also applies to a mini-bed on the balcony or window sill.
If there is limited space, there is little space for different substrates - therefore opt for combinations of herbs with similar demands on the soil if possible. A humus-rich substrate is particularly suitable for classic kitchen herbs such as chives, parsley, chervil or tarragon, which have a high nutritional requirement. Mediterranean herbs such as rosemary or thyme, on the other hand, prefer poor soil.
To good neighbors
In addition, you should pay particular attention to the tolerance of the closely adjacent herb varieties in a small space. In a confined space, different character traits - as in humans too - are all the more noticeable. You shouldn't put them next to each other, for example:
- Basil and lemon balm
- Thyme and marjoram
- Fennel and coriander
- Dill and tarragon
however, go well together:
- Rosemary and lemon thyme
- Pimpinelle and lemon balm
- Dill, parsley and chervil
- Chives, sage and tarragon
- Oregano and savory
- Parsley, chives and basil