The world is always in need of gardens! My wish for this project is that my family will be able to enjoy my backyard herb garden, and also find it useful and helpful. Not only will my herbs be used in cooking, but they will provide food and pollen for helpful insects and birds, such as bees, butterflies, ladybugs, and hummingbirds. Depending upon the herbs I end up choosing to plant, some varieties can even deter unwanted pests! Certain herbs, such as rosemary and sage, can repel moths and flea beetles. Because those insects will be out of my backyard, it will create a safer place for my younger siblings to play in and a haven for bees and ladybugs.
I have already created the flower beds where I will plant my herb garden. It already has been weeded and sprayed for fire ants, it just needs small gravel for adequate water drainage and new soil that is healthier and adapted specifically for herbs. Then, I will plant my herbs! I have not yet researched the different climate/soil needs each plant will require, so I have yet to finalize the list for the seeds that I need to purchase. My tentative list of plants is basil, cilantro, oregano, parsley, rosemary, and possibly even sage or dill. It all depends on the different needs of the plants, as the area I am planting in is mostly shady, and the Texas "winter" is coming in a few months. Knowing these things, the list could either get shorter or longer. Once I plant my seeds, I will water them every day, track my progress, and wait for them to grow to maturity!