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Easiest Herbs to Grow From Seed

A beginner gardener may have a hard time choosing the first few herbs for growing in their garden. To make this easier, we have put together this list of some of the easiest herbs to grow from seed.

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Basil and thyme growing in a terracotta pot.
Easiest herbs to grow from seed.

If you are just getting started with growing your herb garden, you can use this list of nine easy-to-grow herbs to give you a head start. All of these herbs combined create a great edible herb garden, and there are other uses for these herbs around your house too.

Beginning gardeners usually don’t like getting their hands completely dirty until they’ve had their first few successes and really develop a love for their herb gardens. Most novice gardeners want an easy herb garden to start with.

Growing a beautiful herb garden is easy if you choose the right herbs to get started with. You want fast growing, easy-care herbs that can be grown in any gardening situation.

1. Basil

This popular herb is often used in Italian cooking. You can also plant Thai Basil for Asian cuisine. It generally prefers lots of sunlight. Plant your basil after the cold season has ended, and make sure it doesn’t get too much water.

If you want to store your basil, store it by freezing the leaves in air-tight containers, the flavor will keep much better.

See this post for more details: Growing basil from seed.

Basil growing in a pot

2. Sweet Marjoram

Begin this plant’s life indoors, moving it outside after six weeks. It’s an excellent substitute for oregano, and dried leaves bagged in mesh pouches make a great natural air freshener.

Sweet marjoram needs a good amount of sunlight and sufficient water. The plant will grow up to a foot, so it makes a good border plant as well.

3. Dill

This herb is great for fish and salads. It adds a great flavor to many dishes. Growing up to three feet tall, you can also use this as a border plant. Like basil, you can plant dill straight into the ground once the frost is gone.

When harvesting, pick the leaves right as the first flowers begin to bloom. This time of harvest will yield the best flavor for dill. You can also use the leaves to freshen air. Add the leaves to your pouch sack of sweet marjoram, and you’ll have a wonderful bathroom air freshener.

4. Thyme

Grow this at the same time you grow your sweet marjoram. It needs about six weeks of indoor life before you let it go off into your garden. It grows to be about two or four inches shorter than your sweet marjoram.

Thyme needs a good amount of water, but never allow the soil to get overly wet as it is prone to root rot. It needs the soil to almost dry out completely in between waterings.

See this post for more details: How to grow thyme from seed.

Thyme growing in an pot

5. Parsley

Parsley is a great growing herb. You can start its growth process inside your home, where it’s a little warmer and give it about three weeks.

Plant several seeds into a container to make sure that your plant grows. Parsley doesn’t do very well when being transplanted, so you have to be very careful when doing so.

Place your seeds far apart from each other so that you create less trauma on the little roots. If the weather is warm enough, you can plant the parsley seeds directly into the ground, that way you won’t have to worry about transplanting.

Care for parsley is pretty easy. Just keep it in soil with a lot of moisture, and fertilizer is good for it too. Prune the stalks that grow outward and your parsley will grow strong and healthy.

When you have a healthy crop, carefully harvest the parsley (How to Harvest Parsley without killing the plant), and then dry it for storage (How to Dry Parsley).

6. Lovage

Apart from being good for every neighboring plant, lovage has wonderful flavor. It grows tall and after a year or so and soon you will have statuesque walls of green.

Like other herbs, you can plant these six weeks before the spring and let the seedling take shape. When you move it out into the garden, keep it well watered.

Lovage is a great plant to those around it, and it’s great for an easy herb garden too. It dies in the winter, but it grows right back in the spring. So really, once you’ve planted and established you lovage, you need not do much more.

7. Oregano

Best when grown in partial shade, this herb requires little maintenance. Once grown and established, there is little to fuss over. Oregano grows quickly and up to several inches tall.

Since it is used in many Italian dishes, it is a great all around herb to have. Plant the seeds at the same time you plant your parsley and watch the herbs grow together. You can treat the herbs the same and even cook with them together.

8. Sage

Just like your thyme and sweet marjoram, it is best to start growing sage from seed indoors for six weeks or so.

Sage is great for seasoning and cooking with meats, this woody plant grows up to three feet, but does have a tendency to sprawl and grow wide too. Make sure you keep your sage plants in check so they don’t overrun the garden.

Sage growing in a pot indoors from seed

9. Rosemary

What’s a good herb garden without rosemary? Better than it going great and its multiple uses, it’s a pretty plant. It’s also very easy to grow.

It can grow with minimal sunshine or excessive sunshine. These easy herb garden plants need so little attention that after you establish them in your garden, you just have to water it every once in a while and it will be quite fine on its own.

It is generally easiest to start with a rosemary cutting, rather than seeds, see this article on how to grow rosemary from a cutting for more info.

Easy herb garden

An easy herb garden can be truly easy, you just have to pick the right herbs. With a little bit of work (and we do mean very little), you’ll find you have a flourishing little garden, and hopefully you’ll be geared up to take on bigger challenges!

For instant gratification, you can purchase some seedlings and replant these into your garden. To really learn the ins and outs of herb gardening though, you may want to just purchase a few seedlings and plant seeds of the same plant alongside it.

This will help you see and watch the progression of your new plants, and you can make sure that they are growing healthy and normally.

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