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How to Plant Herbs: The Beginner's Guide

Herbs are some of the most useful plants you can choose to grow in your garden. They can be beautiful, as well, and many people grow them ornamentally. Learning how to plant herbs is fairly simple. It's a matter of making the right choices and an appropriate plan.

How to Plant Herbs: The Beginner's Guide

Choose Your Herbs

The first thing you're going to want to do with your herb garden is to choose which herbs you'd like to grow. Start by looking in your kitchen cupboards. Which dried herbs do you use regularly? It makes sense to grow these. Some common herbs that are useful in the kitchen and easy to grow include basil, oregano, dill, mint, and rosemary.

Keep in mind when you are shopping for your herbs that there are different varieties of the same herb. For example, you can grow lemon basil, sweet basil, Thai basil, and others. You can start your herbs from seeds, but it's easiest for most people to buy plants. Talk to someone at your garden store about the needs for each type of herb you choose. 

Plan Your Space

There are many ways of successfully growing herbs. You may choose a plot of ground outside for your garden, or you may choose to grow your herbs in various containers. You can even have an herb garden on your windowsill.

Important factors to consider are light and drainage. Herbs need to be well-drained and do not react well to pooled water. Most herbs do very well in full sunlight. There are a few, such as mint, that prefer a little bit of shade. Containers can be a good idea because you can move them and because some herbs spread easily and take over other plants. Mint and oregano are examples of herbs that spread.

Choose the Right Soil

Plant your herbs in soil with plenty of nutrients. If you are planting in containers, you can use a commercial potting soil. If you are planting in the dirt, add some compost.

Plant Your Herbs

It s a good idea to plant seeds in special seed-starter containers to protect them. When using plants, dig a hole big enough to easily contain all the roots. Place the plant inside and loosely fill the dirt back in around the plant. Be sure to space plants according to directions from your garden center.

Practice Good Care

Care for your herbs by watering regularly. The weather will determine the watering schedule. Keep the soil moist but not wet. You will also want to remove weeds that grow around your herbs. Harvest herbs often. You don't want your herbs to overgrown, and you will find that new growth pops up quickly when you cut your herbs back.

Growing an herb garden is simple and rewarding. It is fun to go to the garden for fresh herbs when you are cooking, and an herb garden makes a pretty picture.  Looking for Herbs? Shop our growing seed collection for more information.
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