Growing A Herb Garden

Easy Herbs to Start from Seeds

Growing A Herb Garden-garlic-herb
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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

  • Cilantro
  • Chives
  • Dill
  • Parsley
  • Basil
  • Sage
  • Mint
  • Lemon Balm

1. Cilantro

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.

2. Chives

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.

3. Dill

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.

4. Parsely

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.

5. Basil

Basil is one of my favorites, this herb has such a 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 potatoes, etc…

Basil will germanite in 10-20 days, the flower bloom is also edible and will attract beneficial insects to your garden.

6. Sage

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.

7. Mint

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 are 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.

Additional information

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 too 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 an edible garden my choice of fertilizers is 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 that 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 their energy on producing seeds.

Having fun

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.


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Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.

9 thoughts on “Growing A Herb Garden”

  1. I have been following your site for a while and today I was happy to see the topic you write about. Herbs. You gave me a lot of useful information here. I am just about to make a herb bed in the garden. Can you put all this herbs in the same Herb bed? I am definitely going to plant Parsley, Dill, Basil, Sage and chives. I already have a marrocan mint which I just love to make tea from. There are so many different sorts of mint. Is there any in particular you would recommend in a herb garden? I have a cat that walks around a lot in the garden so I have been careful with using fertilizers. I am looking for a cat friendly fertilizer. I would be happy if you could give me some help on this. Another question: Is it a good Idea to mix herbs and some vegetables like Salad, Green Kale or onions in the same bed?

    • Hello, I am so happy to help and thanks so much for your support. Herbs such as mint and lemon balm have been known to take over the planting area so consideration should be given when growing these. I would try the peppermint which is so amazing.

      Fertilizers such as seaweed, fish emulsion, compost, bonemeal, manure, etc… are pet-friendly as well as environmentally safe to use. Mixing different plant species is known as companion which can be beneficial for example some plants will attract beneficial insects that will benefit others so yes it is ok to have a mixture just ensure that what ever species you mix have the seem sunlight, soil, and watering needs. I hope this help and thanks again.

  2. Thank you for your article. My partner and I are thinking to rent an allotment  as we live in a flat and grow our own fruits and vegetables. I have found a lot of great information in this article about the soil type, sunlight, watering and also garden insects. 

    Kind regards,


    • So happy to help, having a garden can be pretty amazing as we connect with nature in the great outdoors. Herb gardens are so amazing and has so many benefits. I am glad to know that you have gotten some insight from this post.

  3. hey Norman,first let me say,what a brilliant and in depth article on growing herbs,well done!!I live in a tropical climate and I had a go at growing chillis,garlic,pumpkin,watermelon and lemon grass.The soil I had was actually a waste byproduct they sold at our local sugar cane processing plant.Man,anything and everything grew like crazy in that.I loved the 8 herbs you discussed here as well as the required details for growing those herbs from scratch.I didnt know half the applications that you mentioned in here for each of those herbs as well as the medicinal properties mentioned.As if your info wasnt enough,i really liked the additional information at the end of the article.Man ,you know youre stuff!!Great read and great info,thanks heaps Norman.

    • Hello, so happy to help. Thanks so much for your kind words and for sharing. Growing a herb garden is ao easy and has so many benefits that it is worth the investment. All it takes is some know how and you will be on your way to having much success. Thanks again and all the best to you, have a good day!!

  4. This is really educative both for personal use or for making money. These herb truly are for great importance to the health even as supplements. I have a little garden at the back of my house i think i will go into cultivating a few like the mint, sage, and the Basil. You also gave tips and precautions to take. Thank you for this.

  5. hello dear,

    a big thank you for sharing such an intriguing and elegant information on how to grow a herb garden, I must say that I am really much lucky to stumble upon this very article as I have been looking forward on trying to grow such herbs just behind my home, thanks for sharing such useful information I can’t wait to start utilising them..

    I look forward to sharing this lovely article have a great day

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