An herb garden is one of the easiest gardens to grow and care for, which is why it’s an excellent way for beginner gardeners to gain experience. Having fresh herbs at your disposal year round is a true blessing for those who love to challenge their culinary skills, and those who love to add depth to their dishes. If you’re vegan or vegetarian, then you likely understand that herbs are absolutely essential for adding flavor to food – they’re a non-negotiable.
Unfortunately, buying fresh herbs at the grocery store can be expensive, and it’s not very convenient, either. When you grow your own herbs at home, you’ll be ensuring that the herbs you put into your food and into your body are free from pesticides and other harmful chemicals. Plus, nothing can compare in taste with fresh, home-grown herbs.
Below is a list of 10 herbs that are easy to grow. If you’re new to gardening, don’t feel intimidated. All you’ll need is sunlight, water, good soil, and a decent container. You don’t even need a yard. In fact, many gardeners prefer to grow their herbs in containers on their balcony, patio, or on a windowsill near their kitchen. If you’re interested in growing herbs in water and forgoing soil altogether, you can do that too! Head to my post about how to grow herbs in water to see how.
10 Easy-to-Grow Herbs for Your Herb Garden
Basil is one of the most beloved herbs and it’s not hard to see why. It’s delicious in pasta, salads, and pizza. Basil plants need lots of sun and moist soil that is well-drained. Make sure that you buy a container that is 6-8 inches wide. When you water the plant, water the soil, only, as wetting the leaves can promote mildew growth.
Cilantro makes food like tacos and toasadas really pop. LIke basil, it’s best to throw in cilantro at the very end of the cooking cycle. Cilantro prefers a humid environment, and needs about 6 hours of sunlight a day, though it does’t like very high temperatures. Grow cilantro from seed, as the herb doesn’t do well when transplanted.
Chives are en excellent herb for beginner gardeners because they are so easy to grow. They need 6 hours of sunlight and do really well indoors and in containers near a windowsill. Water frequently and make sure the soil is well-drained. Use a tiny bit of organic compost throughout the growing season. You can expect the chives to grow to about 12 inches tall, and they can spread out about a foot wide.
Mint leaves are another extremely easy herb to grow. In fact, the plant can spread out rather quickly, so be mindful where you choose to plant it! To plat, use a purchased plant or herb cuttings. This easy-to-grow herb prefers moist, well-drained soil.
Oregano is not only flavorful, but medicinal, too. It thrives in a warm climate and will continue to grow year after year. Water the plant when the soil is dry to the touch, and make sure the soil is well-drained. It will grow to about 2 feet tall. If you’re planting oregano in a container, make sure the container is at least 12 inches wide.
Growing parsley from seeds is not the best option because the herb will take long to grow. Instead, choose healthy seedlings and space them about 9 inches apart. You can either choose to plant flat leaf parsley (shown above) or curly leaf parsley. The plant is pretty drought-resistant but they’ll thrive in moist soil and plenty of sunshine. Don’t be afraid to grow parsley in a container – it’ll do very well.
No herb garden is complete without a little rosemary. Since rosemary is grows slowly, buy a large rosemary plant instead of planting seeds- it’ll be much easier on you. Avoid mildew by not over-watering and plant them away from other plants so as to provide enough air circulation. Make sure the herb gets plenty of sunshine each day, especially if you plan to grow it indoors.
This versatile herb needs full sun but hates extreme temperatures. Make sure your drain the water and do not water frequently, as mildew can wreak havoc on this drought-resistant plant.
Try growing tarragon from seedlings. It’s a pretty hardy herb and doesn’t need to be watered that often, though it does need plenty of sun.
To easily grow thyme in your garden, buy the plant instead of growing them from seeds. This herb needs full sun and prefers dry soil to damp soil, which can kill the plant by introducing mildew. Thyme is an easy herb to grow because it’s very low-maintenance and will do perfectly fine on its own.