Decide where to plant your herbs. Many herbs grow well indoors and outdoors in the ground or in containers. If you have a little space with at least 5 hours of direct sunlight a day, you may prefer to grow them indoors, as the herbs will be much more accessible for cooking and watering, and not subject to threats of pests, weeds, or variations in temperature.|
Decide whether you’ll start from seeds or seedlings. Seedlings are very young plants that you can transplant into your own garden. They are typically only available in the spring and summer from gardening centers and farmers markets. Seeds cost less, but take more time and resources to grow from scratch (here's how).
Gather your materials. You’ll need a few gardening tools, like a small shovel or spade, some gardening gloves and pots or containers (optional since herbs can also be planted directly into the soil). You’ll also need some fertilized soil. If you have a compost pile, you can use some fully decomposed compost to fertilize the soil. Otherwise, you can use a general purpose compost solution, available in any gardening store. If you’re container gardening, use a packaged potting soil mix, which will be free of pests.
Start planting. If you’re starting from seeds, sow into moist soil and cover with 1/2 inch of soil on top. The seeds should germinate in about one week. If you’re using a pot or container for seedlings, follow these steps.
Harvest the herbs. Most plants will grow new leaves if you don’t pick the stems bare. You can pick the leaves with your fingers or snip them with kitchen shears.
Use or store the herbs. Many recipes call for fresh herbs, so simply pick your herbs, wash them and pat them dry before using in your favorite recipes. To store, you can preserve your herbs for future use by freezing them or drying them. In either case, you must first prep them. First, remove any soil or bugs by rinsing in cold water. Then, remove flowering stems and flowers and gently remove excess water by patting with a paper towel. Once your herbs are prepped, you can choose your method of storage:
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