Probably the best part of growing an herb garden is all the wonderful scents that will surround you when you harvest your plants. Fresh herbs from the garden not only smell great, they also contribute unique flavors to the food we cook, are useful in vaporizers, teas for menopausal symptoms and even as an ingredient for home-made facial products. Growing herbs is easy and you can grow most of them from seed. Just be sure, if you plan on sowing directly into the garden, that you wait until spring, when all danger of frost has passed and the soil is warming up.
Start Your Seeds Indoors
Coriander, dill, anise and fennel don't transplant well so they should be started directly in the garden after the danger of frost has passed. All other herb seeds can be started indoors in the winter. A sunny window and cool temperatures will help them to germinate and get growing. Starting the seeds indoors will allow you to be able to plant directly into the garden in the spring and harvest sooner than directly-sown seeds.
If you decide to sow your seeds directly into the garden, make sure you plant them in an area that receives six to eight hours of sun a day. Herb plants will tolerate some light shade but the quality of their leaves will not be as high as when they are grown in the sun.
A neutral soil pH is best for herb plants. If you have a soil ph testing meter, aim for a pH between 6.5 and 7. Unlike most garden plants, herbs don't require fertile soils with lots of amendments added. In fact, highly amended soils will actually produce too much foliage that will have a diluted flavor. The plants do need a well-draining soil, so a small amount of compost or peat moss will help.