How to Grow Herbs From Seed


A simple way to spice up any dish is to add fresh or dried herbs. Herbs work in virtually any combination, and growing herbs near or in your kitchen can prove useful and make cooking with herbs more affordable. While you can buy potted seedlings for transplanting into your herb garden or containers, an easier and cheaper option is to grow herbs from seed. When started from seed you can begin growing any herb you like without being limited by the potted plants available at your local garden center.

Step 1

Find the best-lighted window in your home, preferably one that faces southeast and receives six to eight hours of sunlight a day. Set your seed tray on a flat, stable surface near this window.

Step 2

Fill each seed pot with soil and set the pots in the tray so that they rest flat on the bottom. If using dehydrated soil disks, arrange them in the pots, then add warm water to expand them according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Step 3

Read the seed packets for the types of herbs you are growing to find the planting depth recommended for each herb. Place two or three herb seeds in the center of each pot at the recommended planting depth.

Step 4

Pour water into the base of the seed tray to surround the pots. Add water as needed until the top of the soil in each pot appears wet. Skip this step if you are using dehydrated soil disks.

Step 5

Cover the seed tray with its clear plastic lid and leave the tray alone as the seeds germinate. Depending on the types of herbs you have planted, germination may occur in five to 25 days. Read your seed packet to know when to expect sprouts to appear.

Step 6

Remove the plastic cover only after the seedlings have sprouted and are starting to come into contact with the lid. With the lid off the initial watering you gave the seeds will evaporate, so water the seedlings now and as often as needed to keep the soil continually moist.

Step 7

Transplant your seedlings after six to eight weeks into a pot or outdoors, provided your region is past your last frost date.

Things You'll Need

  • Seed tray with clear plastic cover
  • Small seed pots
  • Water
  • Potting soil, seed starting mix or dehydrated soil disks
  • Seed packets


  • "The Edible Herb Garden"; Rosalind Creasy; 1999
  • "Seed Sowing and Saving"; Carole B. Turner; 1998

Who Can Help

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Margaret Telsch-Williams is a freelance, fiction, and poetry writer from the Blue Ridge mountains. When not writing articles for Demand Studios, she works for as a contributor and podcast co-host.