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6 Steps for Planting an Herb Garden

Step 4: Watch, Wait, and Water

Depending on the type of plant, it may be a week to two weeks before the seeds sprout. During this time, you’ll want to keep the nascent seedlings well-watered and make sure that they don’t get too cold (most plastic seedling trays come with a clear cover to create a little greenhouse-like environment).

Watered seeds

Step 5: Transplant The Young ‘Uns

Pretty soon, you should see determined little green heads breaking through the dirt.

It’s a wonderful feeling and very inspiring.
First leaves

Follow the directions on the back of each packet to determine the right time to transplant the seedlings to their adult homes (whether they be terra cotta pots or a garden bed) as each one will vary.

One of the nice things about using the egg carton instead of an actual plastic seed tray is that you can just cut the egg carton into 12 separate pieces and plant each one in the dirt when the seedlings are ready for transplant. The paper will dissolve as the plant takes root in its new pot.

If you use a plastic seedling tray, you’ll need to loosen each one individually (pushing up from the bottom and using a knife to cut around the sides is helpful) so that you can pop it out into your hand and place it in a well of dirt in the ground or in a pot. Try to be as gentle as possible since this will be a fairly traumatic process for your tender young seedlings. Again, follow the planting and spacing instructions on each packet and be sure to use organic dirt in the pots or garden beds. Water the transplanted seedlings well after you’ve moved them.

Step 6: Enjoy the Harvest

You’ll need to continue to water regularly and to make sure the baby plants are getting enough light and staying warm. Bugs may also be an issue so keep an eye out for any infestations (and remember that ladybugs and spiders are your friends as they eat pests). As spring and summer progress, you should start to enjoy having a bounty of fresh herbs at your fingertips whenever you want them. Check out this luscious photo of my mint plant below to get a glimpse of what could be in store for you if you start your own kitchen garden.

Mint leaves close up

Happy planting! May no bugs besmirch your beloved botanical beauties. And Happy Earth Day!

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Eve is the creator of The Garden of Eating, a blog about food--cooking it, eating it, and growing it. She has a legendary love of aprons and can often be found salivating over the fruits and veggies at one of the many farmersí markets near her home in Woodstock, NY. Want even more recipes, photos, giveaways, and food-related inspiration? "Like" the Garden of Eating on Facebook, or follow Eve on Twitter or Pinterest.

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1:11PM PST on Feb 24, 2014

I grow herbs and lots of vegetables, fruits and berries every year in my wonderful, rather wild kitchen garden. No pesticides, no herbicides, only natural manure from our farming neighbour, (no artificial nutrition) and water from our own well. Yes, it requires a fair amopunt of work, but it's so well worth every minute! A tip: Plant alternating rows of onions and carrots, as they protect each other!

8:48PM PST on Jan 19, 2013

Nothing more flavourful than adding herbs to homemade cooking. Watching these plants grow and flower brings a lot of delight!

7:06PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

Nice thanks!

1:10AM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

After recently moving back to Beira after a 10month break I started replanting and thinning my garden and had the greatest satisfaction, yesterday, in repotting and sorting my herb garden. With the unpredictable weather here I keep them all in pots near the kitchen door and as I sit here today I can look out at my plants and they make me feel so happy because they look so happy.

2:38PM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

I hope people read this and see how simple and rewarding growing herbs really is...maybe they'll even try in winter!

10:41PM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

Got to get off couch to plant.

9:10PM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

fresh herbs are such a luxurious treat!!!

8:00PM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

i grow herbs every year. what a fun and educational experience. encourage you children to participate! thank you

5:59AM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

Thanks

3:43AM PDT on Apr 23, 2012

thanks for the article

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