Growing Herbs From Seeds
A great way to have an abundant of fresh herbs, not to mention it’s easy, inexpensive and lot’s of fun. If you start in the spring, you’ll have a generous supply of fresh herbs to include in your favorite recipes by summer.
Probably the hardest part of growing herbs from seeds is deciding which herbs to grow. The best advice is to start with the herbs you like or use the most. Some of my favorites are parsley, chives, basil and wheatgrass.
Whether you’re a beginner or seasoned gardener, growing herbs from seeds will reward you handsomely in personal satisfaction and potential health benefits.
To get started, visit the garden center for a little growing advice. You’ll need to purchase a few items to prepare such as seed trays with plastic covers, water sprayer and pots. After you have all your growing materials, you’ll need to fill you seed trays with soilless compost. Use the water sprayer to wet the seed trays and dampen the compost. Place several seeds in each cell of the seed tray and cover with finely sieved soilless compost. (bury seeds approximately 1/4 finger depth) Use the water sprayer a second time and cover the seed trays with a plastic cover. Label each tray to identify the herb you’re growing. Place the newly planted seeds in indirect sunlight and cover with black plastic or newspaper. Remove the covering after the seeds germinate. Keep the soil moist. Once the herbs have grown into a hardy young plant (a few inches), transplant them into to the clay pots and finally into your garden.
Harvest the herbs in the summer making sure you retain enough leaves to allow the herbs to continue to grow.