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Planting an Herb Garden

This formal herb feature takes only a day to build and a season to mature. Here, bricks have been used to edge the beds and divide them into quarters. A potted bay tree forms the centerpiece.
Excerpted from Simple Steps: Vegetable Gardening

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Formal Herb Garden Easy to Create in One Day

Step 1: Mark Out Cross and Dig Trenches

Mark out a cross with pegs and string. Dig trenches following the string lines, just wider and not quite as deep as the bricks to allow space for the bricks to settle. Use a hammer handle to firm in the bricks.

Use Bricks to Divide and Edge Herb Garden

Courtesy of DK - Vegetable Gardening © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 2: Edge Beds With Brick

Finish the last quarter and bed the bricks down securely, packing the soil firmly against them (no need to mortar them in). If you wish to have a plant in the center of the feature, make sure you leave space for it.

Tap Bricks and Pack Soil Around Them to Form Grid

Courtesy of DK - Vegetable Gardening © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 3: Insert Plants in Soil

Arrange the plants in their pots before they go in the ground, so you can adjust the spacing if required. Water each plant thoroughly before removing it from its pot. Make planting holes and insert the plants. Water well.

Arrange Plants in Pots Before Final Planting

Courtesy of DK - Vegetable Gardening © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 4: Add Central Plant and Water Regularly

Finish off the design with a central plant — a bay tree, which can be clipped into shape, has been used here. Water all the plants regularly until they are fully established, especially in hot, dry weather.

Finish Herb Garden Design with Center Bay Tree

Courtesy of DK - Vegetable Gardening © 2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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Excerpted from Simple Steps: Vegetable Gardening

© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2007

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