How to Grow & Harvest Herbs


Herb gardens attract butterflies and hummingbirds, and are among the more hearty garden types. For those living in especially hot and sunny climates, herb gardens make an exceptional choice because they thrive in full sunlight and spread vigorously in hot conditions, and herbs are among the most drought-resistant plants. If you desire a low-maintenance garden, herb gardens are for you, because many herbs such as calendula and mint literally grow like weeds and require little to no care. Ensure your herb garden gets off to a perfect start and remains healthy by planting and harvesting with a few specific points in mind.


Step 1

Till one part coarse sand and one part sphagnum moss evenly into an equal amount of natural dirt.

Step 2

Form small rows with your hand shovel and sprinkle the herb seeds into the rows. Lightly cover the rows with soil.

Step 3

Irrigate the herb patch with one inch of water every day until the herbs sprout, and then reduce watering to every other day. Once the herbs are established, water only once the soil has dried out at a depth of 1 inch below the soil line.


Step 1

Rub down your pruning sheers with an alcohol prep pad to reduce the risk of spreading plant diseases.

Step 2

Cut off as much of the leaves and stems of the plant as you need, making sure to leave behind at least 1/3 of the plant.

Step 3

Fertilize your herbs with coffee and tea grounds regularly to encourage vigorous growth.

Things You'll Need

  • Course sand
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Hand shovel
  • Pruning sheers
  • Alcohol prep pads


  • "Your Backyard Herb Garden: A Gardener's Guide to Growing Over 50 Herbs Plus How to Use Them in Cooking, Crafts, Companion Planting and More"; Miranda Smith; 1999.
Keywords: Herb gardening, growing herbs, harvesting herbs

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