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How to plant a Kitchen Herb Garden

If you like to cook it’s always nice to have fresh herbs available. Not to mention they add some green to your house.

Some herbs that grow well are:

  • basil
  • chives
  • cilantro
  • sage
  • oregano
  • sweet marjoram
  • lavender
  • rosemary
  • parsley
  • thyme

Pick a Location
Ideally you want your Herb Garden to be in a well-lit location. Near or in a south facing window is perfect, but if you don’t have one, any window that gets some sunlight will do. The more sunlight your plants can have the better they will do.

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Prepare the area
Pick a potter that will fit nicely in the location you picked. The potter should be at least 6 inches/15 cm deep, and really as wide and long as you need for the area. Pick the shape to fit in your location. Maybe you want many smaller pots. Ideally the potter or pots you pick will have a hole in the bottom for water to drain, make sure to get a tray for underneath. I’ve even used plastic cups as potters, so you don’t have to get expensive pots. Fill your potter with soil and make sure to break up any chunks of soil that have hardened together. The soil should be soft and ready for roots to take hold.

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Plant your seeds
Each of the chosen herbs will have instructions on the depth to plant seeds, but if they don’t, push the seed just into the soil so it’s covered. It shouldn’t be too deep. And really putting more seeds than is required is ok. Water your seedlings.

Sprouting your seeds
A trick that I find useful is plastic wrap over the top of the potter, it traps the moisture and some of the heat, which really assists while your herbs are starting to sprout. Just make sure to take the plastic wrap off before the plants are touching it.

Water regularly
Water your garden regularly. When you touch the surface of the soil, if it’s warm and dry, water it. If the surface is cool and slightly damp, just leave it alone till tomorrow.

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Harvesting
You can start harvesting your herbs as soon as there is enough growth for them to continue growing after you’ve taken the clipping. That means some leaves should still be on the plant. Typically your plant will sprout from the point you clipped with 2 or more shoots, so a little clipping might result in even more herbs.

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