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Herb Growing Guide

From anise, basil, and cilantro to parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme, herbs are an incredibly easy and super fun addition to any garden…indoors or out. The varieties are plenty and the range of flavors fantastic, so growing an assortment gives you an amazing array of options when it comes to getting creative in the kitchen. 

Sowing: Whether you plant your seeds indoors or out, in a container or directly in your garden, most herbs are extremely adaptable, easy to grow, and require little attention, making them a popular choice among beginning and experience gardeners alike. Plant seeds no more than 1/8 inch deep so they are lightly covered with soil (the tiniest seeds can simply be sprinkled on top of soil without covering). For sowing specifics as related to each variety, refer to that variety's individual product page.

Growing: Most herbs do well in virtually any type of soil and are impressively disease and pest resistant. Growing herbs in containers indoors means no weeding and a year-round growing season, however growing herbs outdoors in the garden gives you a larger and more flavorful crop. Either way, make sure your herbs get plenty of sunlight and are planted in soil that's kept moist but well drained. 

Picking: Ideal harvesting times vary by herb type. Herbs that are grown for their leaves, such as mint and basil, can be picked virtually any time after the leaves form. Flowering herbs like lavender should be harvested before the flower has fully bloomed for best fragrance. For leafy herbs grown in the garden, pick them early in the morning after the dew dries and avoid washing them to preserve flavor. Most herbs thrive when harvested or thinned regularly, which keeps the plants vibrant and healthy and encourages continuous growth.

Eating: From parsley that's packed with vitamins A and C as well as iron and calcium, to thyme with its medicinal qualities like soothing throats and coughs, herbs offer an incredible array of health benefits as well as an amazing range of flavors. For specifics, refer to each herb's individual product page.

Knowing: While the terms "herbs" and "spices" are often used together and interchangeably, there is a difference. Herbs come from the leaves of a plant, while spices are derived from a plant's bark, roots, or seeds.

Container Friendly? Given their petite stature and adaptable nature, most herbs are perfectly suited for container growing. Many gardeners like having a variety of herbs planted in containers right in the kitchen, allowing for quick and convenient snipping, mincing, or chopping for adding a variety of flavors to favorite recipes. Growing herbs in containers indoors also means no weeding and a year-round growing season.