How to Plant & Grow Herbs

Overview

Fresh herbs from the garden add spice to your culinary experience and fragrance to the garden. The cost of herbs in the grocery store increases each year. By growing your own herbs in the home garden, you can save money and experiment with different spices and herbs not commonly available.

Step 1

Choose a sunny location to plant and grow herbs in the home garden. Till the soil to a depth of 8 to 12 inches. Remove rocks, twigs and other debris from the soil. Mix in a standard garden fertilizer, as per package instructions, over the entire planting site.

Step 2

Plant the herb seeds as the package directs. Transplant potted herb plants 1/2 inch deeper than where they are planted in the growing pots. Water the soil thoroughly to a depth of at least 6 inches. Keep watering daily until the seeds sprout and the transplants establish themselves.

Step 3

Contain invasive herbs, like mints, by planting them in containers filled with a quality potting soil. Set the containers in locations throughout the garden to grow the desired herbs without the plants overtaking the garden.

Step 4

Clip the herbs as they grow to keep the plant from going to seed. Keep the herb plants bushy by clipping off the ends of the stems once a week during the growing season.

Step 5

Harvest the herbs before the first hard frost hits your growing area by clipping the stems at the base of the plant. Tie the stems into bundles and hang in a cool, dry place to dry. Remove the dried leaves from the stems and store the leaves in glass jars or other moisture-proof containers.

Step 6

Cover the perennial herb plants with a 3-inch layer of mulch after harvesting to protect the plants during the cold season. Remove the mulch in the spring when the first shoots start appearing.

Things You'll Need

  • Viable herb seeds
  • Herb plants
  • Growing pots
  • Quality potting soil
  • Rototiller or shovel
  • Rake
  • Mulch
  • Standard fertilizer
  • Pruning shears or sharp knife

References

  • West Virginia University: Growing Herbs in the Home Garden
  • Virginia State University: Herbs
  • University of Illinois: Herb Gardening
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About this Author

Julie Richards is a freelance writer from Ohio. She has been writing poetry and short stories for 30 years. Recently, Richards has written a variety of e-books and numerous articles on gardening, small business, and farming. She is currently enrolled at Kent State University completing her bachelor's degree in English.