How to Plant an Herb Garden

by Karianne WoodMarch 15, 2016

Spring is here!

It’s the season for growing things, getting your fingers in the dirt, adding new plantings to your yard, and bringing a little freshness to your window with an herb garden. Planting an herb garden is one of the easiest ways to celebrate spring and you can create your own with these easy tips and ideas.

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You can grow your herbs from seeds, but I have had better luck with established herbs from the garden center. Most garden centers offer a variety of well-established plants in different varieties. One of my favorites is a compact herb known as Onion Chive. Onion chives like a lot of sun and need well-drained soil and grow to about a foot. They are perfect for adding a little bit of onion flavor to most dishes.

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Another of my favorite herbs is rosemary. The smell is wonderful and the plant is so pretty with its delicate spiked leaves. Rosemary grows to more than 24” tall and needs extremely well-drained soil. After its roots are established, it becomes more drought tolerant. Make sure to trim Rosemary regularly to ensure new growth and prevent a woody appearance to the plant.

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Here’s a few tips for planting herbs in your home:

  1. Make sure you have the correct light.Most herbs come with a tag that tells the proper sunlight for the plant. Both of these herbs like plenty of sunlight. Set pots in a window or on a porch to make sure they receive proper light.
  2. Ensure proper drainage.These inexpensive terra cotta containers come with a hole in the bottom of the pot to allow excess water to drain. Avoid having herbs sit in water for any length of time.

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  1. Make sure to water regularly.Herbs in pots will dry out quickly. Make sure that you have enough water so the plant doesn’t dry out.
  2. Planting separate herbs in separate pots allows you to treat each plant and its needs accordingly.Some herbs like more water, some prefer less. With individual pots it allows you to address each plant separately.

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Lastly, enjoy your herbs. Planting herbs takes a few minutes and by simply adding light, proper drainage and water, you can have an indoor garden that lasts the season. Creating an herb garden is a wonderful way to add a little green to your home and to celebrate spring.


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Karianne Wood
KariAnne writes the lifestyle blog, Thistlewood Farm, from the back porch of her turn-of-the-century farmhouse in the beautiful rolling hills of Kentucky. Thistlewood Farm was awarded Country Living Decorating blog of the year as well as named one of the top 10 decorating blogs by Better Homes and Gardens. KariAnne loves to paint mismatched chairs, listen to the crickets singing in the back pasture, walk hand-in-hand with her knight-in-shining armor as the sun sets over the river and drink sweet tea with lime during a thunderstorm. And she has never met a decorating project she didn't like.

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