HERB GARDENING
(starting your own)

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t's definitely the growing season and just about everywhere you look, things seem to be budding, blooming or sprouting from window boxes, lawns and gardens.

With thoughts on doing a little small scale gardening, I thought I'd try my hand at growing my own herb garden.

Seed tubes


Regular readers of this blog may recall these seed tubes that I featured in my new column called Inspiring Finds for Heart and Home.

The tiny tubes are so cute and they contain a variety of herb seeds including basil, mint, dill, chives and thyme.

herb garden seeds
There are so many beautiful examples of herb gardens on-line and it was fun to search for creative examples for this post. 

I love to see how others arrange and organize their herb varieties.  This is exactly the kind of gardening that seems most manageable for me.

Herb gardens
This book on herb gardening had been collecting dust on my bookshelf for far too long. 

I was happy to dust it off for this gardening project because it really has tons of useful information along with beautiful photos of various projects and ideas for growing herbs.

Grow your own herbs in pots
Growing your own herb garden has never been easier with herb garden starter kits that are reasonably priced. 

The starter kit in the photo below (link above) includes seeds for Parsley, Thyme, Cilantro, Basil, Dill, Oregano, Sweet Marjoram, Chives, Garlic Chives, Mustard and Sage.

Herb garden kit
Of course, you can always start your own herb garden from scratch with supplies from your local nursery.

Herb garden starter supplies

Generously fill the germination cups with soil.  The cups are constructed of peat so they will eventually be planted right along with the herb sprouts.

The pots have a drainage hole in the bottom so you'll need a plastic tray under your starter garden to catch the dripping water.

Herb garden soil

When planting so many different types of seeds at once, the cups definitely need to be labeled.

These label strips came with the seed tubes.  I used a little glue to attach them to sticks as you can see in the photo below.

labeled herb garden

I knew all those extra popcicle sticks would come in handy one day.

Once the seeds sprout, the entire cup can be transplanted into a permanent location for more growth.

Herb garden soil

If you like the idea of growing a garden with multiple tiers of access, this stack-a-pot system may be a good option. 

Stackable pots

Here's another option for a budding herb garden.  This Living Ledge was invented by one of my regular blog readers, Chrissy Rex.

The clear, horizontal planter (Made in the USA) comes in various sizes and adheres to the window with powerful suction cups putting your garden right at your fingertips.

Living Ledge
After just about a week and half, the first signs of growth were already popping up through the soil. 

For the record, the Chive seeds were the first to sprout.

herb garden sprouts
As soon as everything makes a full appearance, I'll transfer the peat pots to my planters.

peat pots for herb gardening
Meanwhile, a front-room window is not only a convenient, temporary location but also offers plenty of natural light for my budding herb garden.

herb garden in the window
I'm excited about my herb garden prospects and I'm keeping my fingers (which are not green) crossed for a small crop I can actually harvest.  I'll keep you posted.

Have you ever grown an herb garden?  If so, have any good tips?

 

  • Heather Bullard

    Great post on herbs! Found your blog from your comment on mine. 🙂 Really like the seeds in test tubes. What great gifts they would be! ~Heather

  • Jenny

    Oregano has been a success for me because it seems to be a perennial here and comes back diligently every year (at least here in Montana, but that would make me think it would everywhere). I’m going to plant rosemary this year because I believe it does the same. I like not having to replant every year. Keep us posted on how your seeds do!

  • Thimbleanna

    You are so motivated! I love your little starter pack — it looks so pretty sitting in your living room window. I usually cheat and just buy the plants at the garden center. Thanks to our mild winter, I won’t have to buy as many this year. And I’d love to know the secret to keeping the chipmunks from eating my cilantro — I love cilantro but they mow down every plant I put out there!

  • Monica

    I love your little potential herb garden. You can do it. You have them growing in front of a nice window, and as long as you water them regularly, they will grow just fine. Please take pictures as they progress, I would love to see them growing.

  • Kisha

    I’ve tried/done a herb garden of chives, cilantro, basil, rosemary and thyme three times only fully successful once. My feathered friends love my ledge pot that’s located on my deck so needless to say, that one didn’t do well. I germinated rosemary for indoor planting but after about 3 months I couldn’t seem to get the plant to continue to flourish. My success came with a small outdoor garden. My goal is to have an indoor mini herb garden. Squirls have been so bad here lately I don’t think I will plant outdoors. I can’t wait to see an update on your herb garden…plenty light and ample water is key.

  • Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita

    I’ve tried so hard to grow herbs but I tend to have a bit of a black thumb. Chives are easy – they keep coming back and they spread. I love chives just for that reason. Basil I do OK with. But cilantro and I are not friends. I just cannot get it to grow no matter how much I try. Oh, and be careful where you put the mint – it spreads like crazy! (and that is absolutely every single thing I know about growing herbs!)

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