How to Grow & Maintain Herbs


Whether you're growing them in a windowsill or in a planned outdoor garden, herbs provide foliage and a variety of flavors. Hundreds of herb varieties can be planted and grown indoors and outdoors, and maintaining them isn't a time consuming process. Herb gardening can be for an ideal hobby for the novice gardener.


Step 1

Place 3 inches of sphagnum moss in the bottom of a planter box and fill it half-full with a mixture of equal parts vermicompost and potting soil.

Step 2

Sow a variety of herb seeds such as thyme, mint, basil or oregano into the large planter box.

Step 3

Prepare the outdoor garden soil with the same enriching mixture of vermicompost, potting soil and sphagnum moss as an alternative to growing the herbs in a container.

Step 4

Scatter a variety of herb seeds over the outdoor plot of garden soil, allowing them to fall into the soil naturally.

Step 5

Water the indoor herb plants once every three days with 2 cups of water. Provide the outdoor garden plants with approximately 4 gallons of water per week.

Plant Care

Step 1

Trim the herb plants as necessary to prevent them from overgrowing the planting area.

Step 2

Provide the plants with extra sphagnum moss to retain moisture in dryer climates or summer months.

Step 3

Transplant large herb plants such as basil, rosemary and lavender from the container to an outdoor spot to prevent the roots from killing the other herb plants in a container.

Things You'll Need

  • Potting soil
  • Sphagnum moss
  • Worm/compost mixture (vermicompost)
  • Planter box
  • Assorted herb seeds


  • Herb Net: All About Herbs
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