How to Grow Kitchen Herbs

Overview

Kitchen, or culinary, herbs can be grown outdoors in a small garden patch near the kitchen or in containers set on the kitchen windowsill, balcony or patio. Container gardening allows you to grow herbs indoors year-round. You can even grow several varieties of herbs in the same pot if space is at a premium.

Starting with Seed

Step 1

Choose the type of kitchen herbs you wish to grow. Parsley is a favorite, along with basil, oregano, thyme and chives.

Step 2

Choose containers that offer good drainage and saucers that fit beneath the pots to collect water and prevent drips.

Step 3

Fill the pots with good-quality potting soil that contains starter fertilizer. Use any potting soil recommended for tomatoes or peppers.

Step 4

Fill the containers with potting soil to within 2 inches of the top of the pot.

Step 5

Water the pot until the soil is moist throughout.

Step 6

Sprinkle a small amount of herb seed over the top of the soil, following the recommendations on the seed packet. Keep the seed packet for later reference on thinning the herbs after they have started to grow.

Step 7

Cover the top of the pot loosely with plastic wrap. Remove the plastic wrap when you see the small seedling break through the top of the soil.

Step 8

Place the plants in a warm, sunny window and water as needed. Refer to the package instructions on watering needs and thinning.

Growing Herbs From Seedlings

Step 1

Keep the seedlings moist in their pots until you are ready to transplant them into their growing containers. Transplant the seedlings as soon as possible after purchase.

Step 2

Fill the chosen container with potting soil. Use a spoon or garden spade to dig a hole in the dirt at least as large as the existing plant container.

Step 3

Place the plant into the hole and cover with more potting soil.

Step 4

Water the plant according to the instructions on the plant tag in the original pot.

Step 5

Place the container in a sunny, warm window and water as needed.

Things You'll Need

  • Various herb seeds or seedling plants
  • Potting soil
  • Various containers
  • Garden spade or spoon

References

  • West Virginia University: Growing Herbs in the Home Garden (indoor growing section)
  • Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service: Growing Herbs (PDF)
  • Iowa State University Extension: Horticulture and Home Pest News: Growing Herbs in Containers

Who Can Help

  • Texas A&M AgriLife Extension: Vegetable Gardening in Containers (PDF)
Keywords: herb garden, grow herbs in containers, kitchen herbs

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G. K. Bayne is a freelance writer, currently writing for Demand Studios where her expertise in back-to-basics, computers and electrical equipment are the basis of her body of work. Bayne began her writing career in 1975 and has written for Demand since 2007.