How To Grow Fresh Herb Gardens

Overview

Easily grow fresh herbs in your backyard. Even the smallest plot of land can successfully grow a large herb harvest. Provide your herbs what they require most--healthy soil conditions, sun and plenty of water--and they'll produce well. Throughout the season cut fresh leaves to use in culinary dishes; store-bought herbs just don't compare to fresh. At the end of the season dry or freeze herbs for a bit of freshness in your food dishes all year long.

Step 1

Choose an area for your herb garden that receives at least six hours of sunlight every day and does not retain water.

Step 2

Till the herb garden space with a tiller or rake. Push the tines into the soil until soil is loosened. Loosen soil to a depth of 8 inches.

Step 3

Add a 1-inch layer of compost to the topsoil. Re-till the area to mix the soil and compost together.

Step 4

Buy herb plants or seeds from trusted garden centers, seed catalogs, nurseries or online garden stores.

Step 5

Plant most seeds or herb plants in the soil once all chance of frost has passed. Consult seed packet instructions or plant tags for specific growing directions, including how to space and when to plant. Push herb seeds through the soil with your finger about 1 inch deep and lightly dust soil back over the hole. Use a shovel to dig a hole deep enough for the roots of the herb plants. Place each plant in a hole and pack the soil over the roots of the plant and around the base.

Step 6

Water plants every day until the soil looks moist, not soggy.

Things You'll Need

  • Tiller or rake
  • Shovel
  • Compost

References

  • North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service: Growing Herbs for the Home Gardener
  • University of Florida Extension: Herbs in the Florida Garden
  • Ohio State University Extension: Herbs
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About this Author

Sommer Sharon has a bachelor's degree in IT/Web management from the University of Phoenix and owns a Web consulting business. With more than 12 years of experience in the publishing industry, her work has included "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "MORE," "Country Home," "Midwest Living," and "American Baby." Sharon now contributes her editorial background by writing for several Internet publications.