Growing your own herbs is a no-brainer on so many fronts—for starters, there’s the obvious benefit of having hyper-fresh, organic flavors and aromatics available at your fingertips for any cooking endeavor (and avoiding the waste of an entire bunch of grocery store parsley for a simple garnish). In celebration of spring, we’ve compiled all of our favorite herbs - from when to plant and when to harvest to care and feeding, these simple tips will have you growing tasty herbs in no time! Find out your zip code's last average frost dates here.
Start seeds: 6-8 weeks before transplanting outside. Plant seeds 1/4" deep in the soil. Sow plants 6"-10" apart in a spot that gets direct sunlight for at least 6 hours.
Germination: 10-15 days
Start seeds: 8-10 weeks before transplanting outside. soak seeds in water 4-6 hours before planting. Plant 1/4" deep in soil, at least 3 feet apart in full sun. Germination: 15-20 days. Prefers full sun, but will grow in part shade as well.
Harvest: 70-85 days. Cut the stems in the morning just after the dew dries and before the heat of the day is at its height.
Start Seeds: 8-10 weeks before last average frost date. Plant 1/4" in soil.
Germination: 21-28 days.Harvest thyme just before the plant flowers by cutting off the top five to six inches of growth. Leave the tough, woody parts.
Harvest: 60-70 days. Harvest thyme just before the plant flowers by cutting off the top five to six inches of growth. Leave the tough, woody parts.
Start Seeds: 8-10 weeks before last average frost date. Plant 1/8" in soil.
Germination: 21-25 days. Sage thrives in full sun and well-drained soil.
Harvest: 65-75 days. Pinch off leaves or snip off small sprigs from the plant. During the first year, harvest lightly to ensure that the plant grows fully.
Start Seeds: 6-10 weeks before last average frost date. Barely cover seeds with soil.
Germination: 10-20 days. As soon as seeds emerge, provide plenty of light on sunny window.
Harvest: 35-45 days. Cut back to just above a growth node or set of leaves. This will allow the plant to branch from the cut area and produce more flavorful leaves.
Start seeds: 8-10 weeks before transplanting outside. Plant 1/4" deep in soil.Germination: 15-20 days. Likes full sunny areas. Harvest: 30-40 days. Chives will produce more abundantly in its second year and thereafter you can continue to pick at will over the course of the summer and in mild climates throughout the winter.
Start seeds: 6-8 weeks before transplanting outside. Plant 1/4" deep in soil.Germination: 15-20 days. Make sure they get plenty of sunlight. Harvest: 30-60 days. Pinch back young cilantro plants an inch or so to encourage fuller, bushier plants.