Herbs: Your Gateway to Gardening

Herb gardening: Herbs in containers on patio

Mint and rosemary are among the easiest herbs to grow.

1. For beginning gardeners, the best way to start is with a small herb garden. Herbs tend to be among the easiest plants to grow and are a terrific addition to both your landscape and your table.

Herb Gardening: Bonnie herbs in pots on patio

Why plant seeds with you can start with actual plants?

2. Choose the herbs that you use most in the kitchen, such as chives, mint, rosemary, oregano, parsley, cilantro, thyme, basil, dill, and sage. Simply plant them in an attractive container near your house and fresh herbs will be only footsteps away.

Herb Gardening: Herbs in 18in and 14in pots

These small plants will get bigger, so give them space to grow.

3. An 18-inch or larger container has space for up to 5 herbs, while a 14-inch one will fit 3 herbs. (The measurement refers to the distance across the top of the pot.)

Herb Gardening: Herbs potted in a wood container box

A window box makes a wonderful container for growing herbs.

4. Find a sunny spot to place your containers. Fill them with Miracle-Gro® Potting Mix, then plant your favorite herbs, leaving plenty of space between plants.

Herb Gardening: Herbs watering Bonnie Plants

Don’t forget to water regularly!

5. Water well immediately after planting. Then, water when needed. Put your finger in the soil; if the top inch is dry, it’s time to water.

Herb Gardening: Harvested Bonnie Herbs

Harvest a little extra, then keep the stems in a glass of water on your kitchen counter.

6. Your herbs can be harvested as soon as their stems are big enough to eat. Trim off the tops with scissors or garden shears, and be sure to never take more than a third of the plant at one time – even though it might be tempting to take more!

Herb Gardening: Watering Bonnie Herbs on Patio

Feed your herbs with water soluble plant food and they’ll feed you right back.

7. After a month, begin adding nutrients. Use the Miracle-Gro® Liquafeed Universal Feeder with any watering device every 7 to 14 days, following the instructions on the label.

Herb Gardening: Herbs planted and ready to harvest

Voila! Your own beautiful herb garden.

8. There, see how easy that is? We bet that once you taste fresh herbs from your very own garden, you’ll be a gardener for life.