Growing A Herb Garden
Easy Herbs to Start from Seeds
I know lately that we have been discussing herbs it is only because of the many benefits herbs have, herbs do not only have great flavors and aromas but healing properties that will promote our health. It is good to grow herbs from our home gardens which will give us an almost endless supply of harvest.
What we want however is to have success when growing herbs so we can reap a continuous good harvest therefore we will be looking at some of the easiest herbs to start from seeds.
8 Herbs that’s Easy to Grow from Seeds
- Lemon Balm
The leaves of cilantro can be used in soups, rice, steam foods, salsa, curries, etc… this garden herb prefers the cooler part of spring and the fall season. Cilantro reaches maturity quickly.
Cilantro does not transplant well so ensure their planting spot at the time of installation so they don’t have to be disturbed. 10-15 days after planting seeds will germinate. Once cilantro reaches maturity allow the plant to produce a few seeds to give another harvest.
The mild onion flavors of chives make this garden herb a delight when cooking soups, rice, steam foods, salads, baked potatoes, etc… the blossoms of chives are also edible and attract beneficial insects.
Chives will continue to grow and spread giving an almost endless supply. The seeds germinate in about 10-20 days. For chives to produce new or fresh growth cut back 2 inches after the blossom fades.
Flavor your meats, fish, salads, eggs, grilled potatoes, etc… with this garden herb. Dill can be used fresh or dry. Dill will self-seed if the flowers are allowed to set seeds. The seeds of dill can be planted from mid-spring to mid-summer and will germinate in 10-21 days. Dill does not transplant well so install them in the right location at planting so they don’t have to be disturbed.
Parsley is used to garnishing special dishes adding flavors to roast, fish, meats, omelets, soups, and salads, etc… to speed up the germinating process soak seeds in water for 24 hours before planting.
Expect seeds to germinate in 14-28 days. Though parsley can be used in so many ways this herb is slow to establish but will give a good harvest once maturity is reached.
Basil is one of my favorites, this herb has such strong aroma and will add flavor to those mouth water dishes. Basil can be used in rice, soups, stem foods, salad dressings, baked foods, baked potato, etc…
Basil will germanite in 10-20 days, the flower bloom is also edible and will attract beneficial insects to your garden.
This herb can be used to flavor turkey, pork, pumpkin soup, fried chicken, chicken stock, sausage, beef, pasta, duck, etc… sage has a mild peppery flavor that will add some spice taking your dish up a notch.
Seeds germinate in about 10-20 days, once sage reaches maturity it will become drought tolerant meaning these herbs at the mature stage can survive on small amounts of water.
The aroma of mint has such an amazing flavor, I remembered many years ago when first introduced to this herb I was amazed by the mint fragrance that was emanating from this plant.
Mint can be used to make tea, season harm, added to chicken recipes, blend in with your smoothies, savory dishes, etc… when planting mint remember to give them plenty of room to grow because this herb will spread rapidly taking over your planting area.
It is advised to give mint a bed by themselves where they will be free to spread. The seeds of mint should germinate in 10-15 days.
8. Lemon Balm
The lemon balm herb carries a beautiful aroma of lemon. The lemon balm carries the seem growing habit of the mint herb, in that both have an amazing fragrance and is known to be invasive.
The leaves of lemon balm can be used to make tea, flavor salads, sauces, vegetables, poultry, fish, curries, stuffings, etc…The seeds will germinate in 10-14 days.
Here are other things to consider when growing herbs from seeds
1. The location to plant your herbs should get at least 6-8 hours of sunlight or provide lighting according to the directions on the label.
2. Ensure that you are planting in the right soil type. The ideal soil should be organically rich, a soil of this kind will hold the right amount of moisture but will allow excess water to drain.
3. Sowing herbs from seeds at the right time is so important, read the package for the time of sowing or have a talk with your garden nurseryman.
4. Know the watering needs of your herbs and give them that amount of water. As a rule, to go by however, the soil should be somewhat moist not saturated with water. If you are giving to much water then allow the soil to dry out before giving your herbs another drink.
5. If planting in containers ensure that the containers have drain holes to avoid moisture build-up that will lead to root rot.
6. When it comes to growing and edible garden my choice of fertilizers are organic fertilizers. Before applying however read and follow the manufactures label for the best results.
7. Garden insect pests can become a big issue if not dealt with right away. There are many organic sprays that are sold which can be used to bring control. Read and apply these sprays as directed by the manufactures label.
8. The more you harvest your herbs once they reach maturity the more they will produce which is very important so keep this in mind.
9. At the first sign of your herbs flowering remove these flowers by pinching because if flowers are allowed to remain your herbs will stop growing and focus all of its energy on producing seeds.
Have fun when growing a herb garden or any garden of that sort. The goal is to grow your very own herb garden from seeds to produce a harvest. This can be very rewarding as you connect with nature on the great outdoors.
The final word on the easiest herbs to grow from seeds
Growing herbs from seeds is that simple, it does not require much except having some know-how as we have discussed and you will be on your way to growing and harvesting herbs from your home garden which gives such great feelings so with that said let’s get started on that herb garden.