Spring has sprung and there is no better time to plant a garden. Not your bag? It’s easier than you might think. An herb garden can be as simple as some dirt, a few seeds and a pot! They’re a great way to venture into the world of gardening because they’re easy, convenient and can be grown in a container. PLUS growing your own herbs saves you money and may even inspire a new recipe.

Here are a few simple steps to get you on your way:

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Step 1 – Decide what you want to grow.

This can be as simple as choosing an herb you use regularly. Love tea – grow mint! Fancy a summer caprese salad – how about basil? Taco Tuesday – cilantro!

Other herbs that are easy to grow include basil, chives, dill, fennel, lemon balm, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, tarragon and thyme.

Step 2 – Determine how much space you need.

You can start as small as 1 pot on your deck. You can even utilize a window box to grow your herbs (which is what I love to do)! However you start, remember most herbs need about six hours of sun a day.

Step 3 – Gather your goods.

You will need a large pot, some good organic potting soil (don’t skimp) and an herb starter or some seeds. Make sure your pot allows for drainage. We don’t want to drown your herbs!

TIP: Get a bigger-than-you-think pot, as herbs can grow pretty large. For instance, basil can grow up to 2 ½ feet high!

Step 4 – Plant!

You can plant seeds using the package instructions or plant your started plant by digging a hole that is deep enough to fully cover the root system. Water it daily in the beginning to help the roots take and/or the seeds sprout. Be careful not to overwater your plant. Check it daily to assess the moisture level of the soil. 

Step 5 – Enjoy!

A rule of thumb: The more you pick, the more you’ll get, so don’t let those delicious herbs go to waste!