What Are the Easiest Herbs to Grow?

Most beginning gardeners start off with an herb garden. There are many varieties of herbs that are easy to grow with little to no maintenance. Simply start them in a well-prepared seed bed or in pots filled with quality potting soil to give them a good foundation. But before you plant, consider the herb's cultural needs. If your climate is too cold or too hot, you may need to grow the herb indoors.


According to the University of West Virginia, basil is easy to grow from seed. Simply sow in the spring after all threat of frost has passed and water regularly. The leaves will be ready to harvest in roughly six weeks, just before the flowers open.


Borage is so easy to plant that it will sow itself if mature plants are left in the garden. To start a patch of borage, simply sow the seed in a dry, sunny spot and water regularly.


This herb is easy to grow from seed. However, because it is a biennial plant, you will not see a harvest until its second year of growth. Simply sow caraway seeds in rows spaced 1 foot apart and water regularly. Spread a 1- to 2-inch layer of mulch around the planting bed to protect it from cold winter temperatures.


Chives are hardy plants. And because they are perennials, they will grow season after season. Transplant individual chive plants into your garden and periodically divide them to increase your supply. Snip the leaves, as needed, from the plant once it is mature.


Plant coriander seeds 7 to 10 inches apart in spring and water the plant regularly. Once its seeds mature in summer, it is ready to harvest.

Sweet Marjoram

Sweet marjoram is easy to grow from seed or cuttings. It smells wonderful when it grows in a garden. And its leaves can be continually harvested as it grows. In cold climates, grow it indoors as a potted plant.


Parsley is easy to grow from seed and can be harvested continually once it matures. This biennial plant produces the best yields during its second year of growth.


The best way to grow sage is to start it indoors by sowing its seeds. Once the plant is six weeks old, transplant it into the garden or keep it indoors. Because sage's flavor is so strong, you only need a few plants to provide an annual supply.

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