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Start Growing Herbs in Your Garden Easily


There are so many things to love about growing herbs and with some very basic garden knowledge, you can start growing herbs in your garden easily. They can be grown inside and out, during all seasons, are great fresh and preserved, and are used for food as well as medicine.

Starting Herb Seeds

If you are a beginning gardener I would suggest starting with plants, but even if you have no gardening experience some herbs are easy to start from seed. Start these herbs from seeds in prepared beds or containers with a high-quality soil mix. Sow the seeds according to these directions in a sunny location and water well.
  • Cilantro- Scatter seeds about one inch apart and cover with 1/4 inch of soil.
  • Basil- Place 5 seeds 18 inches apart or in separate 12 inch containers. Cover with 1/4" of soil.
  • Parsley- Place 5 seeds 18 inches apart or in separate 12 inch containers. Cover with 1/4" of soil.
  • Dill- Scatter seeds on the surface of the soil about 1 inch apart. Do not cover with soil. 

Starting Herb Plants 

To start growing herbs in your garden easily, these herbs should be purchased as plants, as they are harder to start from seed. These three herbs are perennial and only need to be planted once in order to enjoy years of fresh herbs. 
  • Thyme
  • Rosemary
  • Oregano

Inside vs. Outside Herbs

Growing inside:
Herbs will not grow in full shade, so in order to successfully grow herbs inside, you absolutely have to have a few hours of direct sunlight or grow lights. A large, unshaded South facing window is best to bring in all-day light, but a East facing window may also work. Indoor herbs require far less watering than their outdoor counterparts, so only water when the soil is dry one inch below the soil.

Growing outside:
Plants will grow bigger and faster outdoors, and I believe they have a better flavor when they are out in the elements. The downside of growing outside is that you may encounter bugs, severe weather, or animals that could damage or kill your plants. Water your outdoor herbs once a week or when they start to look droopy.

Harvesting

Up to ⅓ of a herb can be removed at each harvest, and I advise doing this at least once a month to keep the plant producing new, fresh leaves.

 What is your favorite herb?



2 comments:

  1. Such great information! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us!

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