The good thing about herbs is that they are delicious and easy to plant. Starting your own personal herb garden is a good way for novice gardeners to begin cultivating their own produce. Here is a look at some of the best herbs I think beginners should start growing.
Sage is an excellent cooking herb and one that is relatively easy to grow. However, it is important to note that it does not like wet ground. As such, it is advisable that you plant it in a spot that receives a lot of sunlight and that has well-drained and fertile soil.
There are many sage varieties available, including some that have colored leaves. As such, you have plenty of options to work with. To encourage growth, harvest the leaves on a regular basis.
Parsley is a biennial herb with so many culinary uses. You can give its seeds a head start by first planting them indoors near a sunny windowsill. Optionally, you could sow them directly in your garden once the soil has warmed up a bit.
Parsley can take some time to germinate, so to speed up things, consider soaking the seeds in some water overnight before you plant them. When planting, choose a spot that’s in partial shade or full sun, and that is fertile and slightly damp.
Oregano thrives in sunny and warm spots with light soils. When flowering, they produce pink flowers and offer good ground cover at border fronts.
Sow oregano seeds during spring when the soil in your garden has warmed up a bit, or start them off in indoor pots. Once the plant reaches a height of 10cm, pinch out its vertical growing tips to promote the growth of leafier side shoots. Oregano and all of the herbs here can be great in a windowsill box like this from Outdoor Art Pros. It looks great on the window and is also very functional.
Mint can be grown from seed; however, the resulting plant may be different from the original plant. As such, I would advise you to buy young plants from your local garden center instead.
Something to remember is that mint spreads quite fast, so consider planting it in pots to constrain root growth so that it does not take over your entire garden. Mint herbs love sunlight, so consider planting yours in a fully open or partially shaded area. To encourage leaf growth, pinch out flower buds often.
Coriander is one of the most versatile culinary herbs and grows well in containers or the ground. Seeds can take several weeks to sprout, and the plant itself is quite short-lived. As such, consider sowing several seeds every few weeks for continued supply.
Coriander is known to “bolt” when stressed. This means that it may end up producing seeds and flowers instead of the tasty leaves it is known for. Therefore, make sure that its well-watered and harvest it regularly for the best results.
Rosemary is one of the easiest herbs to cultivate since it’s hardy. It does well in both shade and sun and will do well in any soil type, provided it’s not too wet.
This herb grows vigorously and needs trimming, especially around June and July, to keep it from becoming too woody and to maintain its shape.
Basil is another popular herb since it’s also quite versatile and very tasty. Sow its seeds in potting compost placed near a sunny ledge from March onwards.
When the herb reaches a height of 15cm, remove its growing tip for a bushier growth. Basil does well in both shade and full sun and can be planted directly in a garden if the weather (when its warm) permits it.
Chives are related to onions and have pointed, slender leaves. They produce beautiful and fuzzy globe-like flowers in a purple or pink color.
Sow chives seeds directly in your garden during March and April. The plant prefers sunlight and will thrive in fertile, moist soil; just make sure that it is well-watered.