Gardening Tips for Growing Herbs From Seeds. Growing fresh herbs is a must if you like good cooking. It is not difficult to produce delicious and healthy herbs in your garden or even window-sill.
Learn how to plant herbs from seeds to produce enough fresh herbs to
meet your needs and even to have enough to preserve some for the winter!
If you like to cook with fresh herbs you more than likely need a good
supply of them. Nothing is handier than to just go outside the door to
fresh and full of flavor.
Once you are used to that you don't want to cook without that.
Particularly if you need big quantities of certain herbs and a constant
supply it is the best
to plant herbs from seed.
Growing herbs from seeds is also the cheapest way to produce herb
In general you can grow all types of herbs from seed but it might not
always make sense. Growing rosemary, sage or thyme might take a long
time before you
can harvest from them. You also need only a few plants to have enough
supply. For these types of herbs it might be easier and quicker to buy an established
plant in your local nursery. Or you can root some cuttings of these.
The best and most successful way of growing herbs from seeds is to start
them off in seed trays and pots in a greenhouse or poly-tunnel. You can
them off on a window-sill or conservatory if you don't have a
Watch the video tutorial below on how to sow seeds.
Fill the seed tray with the seed compost, level it and firm it
lightly. Don't fill the tray up to the top. Leave about 1/4 inch from
the top and water over
it with the rose on the watering can.
2. Spread the seeds:
Pour the seeds onto the palm of your hand. Take some between thumb
and index finger and sow them thinly and evenly onto the prepared seed
tray. Try not
them too close together.
3. Cover the seeds:
Put some fine seed compost into a plastic flower pot with holes in the bottom. Shake the compost evenly over the seeds.
Bigger seeds need a thicker layer of compost than small seeds.
The rule of thumb is to cover them with three times of the thickness
of the seed. The seed
packet will give you exact information on this. Some plants will need
light for germination and need no covering. The same applies for very
Water the tray with the fine rose on the watering can again.
4. Cover the tray
with a sheet of glass or clear plastic. This step eliminates
watering, speeds up germination and keeps pests away. If you don't cover
tray you will have to water carefully and keep the soil evenly moist
(but not wet).
Once the seedling emerge remove the glass. Place the tray in a shaded
spot in the greenhouse. It is important to choose a place that is evenly
bright but not sunny.
5. Transplant the seedlings:
Once the seedlings have produced their second sets of leaves it is
time to thin them out and transplant them into individual pots.
Fill the pots with seed compost and poke a hole into it that is big
enough for the roots. Loosen the soil in a corner of the tray and lift
out carefully. Insert the roots into the prepared hole, fill it up with
compost and firm it carefully. Water well and don't forget to label your
6. Harden them off before planting out.
Grow on your new herb plants until they are big enough to go into
their final positions. You can either plant them into the ground or into
It is important to prepare your seedling for the life outside. The
easiest way to do that is to move the plants into a cold frame that you
during the day and covered over night for a period of two to three
weeks. If you don't have a cold frame you can just put them outside the
greenhouse for the
day and bring them in again at night. Don't place them into full sun in
7. Plant the herbs into their final position in the garden or into containers.
Growing Herbs From Seed - Sowing Directly Into the Ground
Some herbs are suitable for sowing directly into the ground. These include parsley, chives, salad rocket or coriander.
To do that prepare the ground well. It should be free from weeds.
Choose the spot for growing herbs from seeds well. Most of them
originate from the Mediterranean and
need a sunny spot with good drainage. If you have heavy soil add some
sand and compost to loosen it up. The soil itself can be on the poor
side and does not
need to be fertilized heavily. Adding some good garden compost is
enough for growing herbs from seeds.
The best time for growing herbs from seeds is during late spring once the soil has warmed up sufficiently and temperatures are up during the night as well.
Check for best sowing times for the individual varieties on the seed packets.
If you are starting the seeds indoors you can start earlier and have your plants ready much sooner.
Loosen the soil with a fork and rake it until the soil is fine and
crumbly. Check the seed packet sowing method, depth and distance of the
rows. Mark the
rows on the seed beds with some pegs and string and sow the seed into
shallow drills. Cover the seeds with the appropriate amount of soil and
water well after seeding.
Important is to keep the seedbed moist. After a few days or weeks you
will start to see the little seedlings as they stick their heads up.
Make sure to
control slugs! Careful hand weeding is essential during this period. You
might have a lot of other unwanted seedlings appear between your herb
that will compete for space, water and nutrients.
Special Gardening Tip:
Mark your seed rows with some fine sand. That makes it easier to
determine what are weeds and what are your wanted herb seedlings.
Once the seedlings are big enough and have about two sets of leaves it is time to thin them out
to their final distance. This is an important step that a
lot of people skip! If you don't do it you will end up with plants that
don't have enough room to grow to their full size or that will bolt
Remove weak plants completely. Sometimes you might be able to transplant
some of the overcrowded seedlings into other spots or gaps.
Keep the seeds lightly moist. Once they are mature most herbs,
particularly the one of Mediterranean origin like sage, thyme, rosemary
and oregano are
pretty drought tolerant and require little watering
Would you like to include herbs into your daily life to improve and take control of your well-being?
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