These easy to grow herbs from seed are the perfect plant to start your kitchen garden without too much time needed to maintain it.
When growing season approaching, you might want to start planting quick-growing herbs from seed. It would save you on budget, and it also gives you quick access to herbs you need for cooking. And some of them even can repel mosquitos.
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When Is The Best Time To Grow Herb From Seed
I have a short growing season with the new change recently, which is zone 4a. Before was zone 3a. My garden will get a fair amount of warm sunshine from May to early September if we are lucky without hail storm or frost.
To accommodate this short span of the growing season, I would start some of the herb seed indoor in around March or April and transplant them outside after the danger of the last frost pass. I also direct sow some fast-growing herbs outdoor in early spring.
Read here for What You Need For Seed Starting Indoors.
If you live in a warmer zone and have a long summer, you might want to start planting the herb seed indoors as early as January, based on your growing region. Some of these herbs can grow all year long too, and some will come back year after year as perennial plants.
Where To Get Herb Seeds
If there is no garden center available in your area, most grocery stores, hardware stores, as well as dollar stores carry herbs seed as early as January. There are also some seed exchange groups online or in your local horticultural club.
Some gardening groups will gladly give you their extra herb seeds or exchange them with other plant seeds. If nothing available, then you can get them online from seed companies. You can even grow herb from your spice rack as long as the seed still whole like coriander, not the powder form.
Fast-Growing Herbs For Cooking
Here is a list of easy herbs to grow from seed even if you are a beginner gardener. These herbs are well known for some of the most favorite herbs for everyday cooking, so you will have quick access to the culinary herb whenever you need it.
The pasta dish is not complete without basil. The sweet basil might be the most favorite one to use. But there is more variety you can grow like Thai basil, lemon basil (this is my favorite one), or purple leaves basil and a lot more.
Basil is an annual herb for full sun or partial shade. You can start planting basil seed indoors 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost date. You can direct sow basil seed outdoors after the danger of the last frost pass. Here is more info on how to prune basil.
Here is the link to get your basil seed.
I grow chive seed indoors 6 weeks before the last frost. Now I have a garden bed full of chives. That because of chives are easy to grow from seed, and you will have great success if you direct sow the seed outdoor too.
Just like mint, chive is perennial for the full sun and will spread all over your garden quickly. Here are tips to prevent the chives growing wild.
- Cut the flower stalks when it is ready to go seed.
- Dig some extra chives plant that pops up in some other spot around the garden, make sure you get all the roots.
- Grow chives in a container.
- Harvest the beautiful chive flowers for salad garnish or cut flower filler.
Here is the link to get your chive seeds.
Coriander is the same as cilantro. It comes from the same plant. While cilantro is the common name for the leaves, coriander is the seed.
You can start to grow cilantro from your spice rack. One whole coriander contains few seeds.
Keep in mind that cilantro can go seed quickly. Direct sow the seed in the partial shade every other week in the garden from spring to late summer for continuous harvest.
You can start planting the whole seed directly or prepare it in advance to increase a better germination rate. Here is more info on how to grow cilantro from the coriander seed.
Here is the link to get your cilantro seeds.
Direct sow dill seeds in the garden after the danger of the last frost pass. Dill grows in the full sun. Dill also will attract beneficial insects that will help your garden grow.
Here is the link to get your dill seeds.
A woody perennial that is easy to grow from seed. I plant the Munstead lavender variety 6 to 10 weeks indoors before the last frost. While it is slow-growing, but lavender is an easy to grow perennial plant and will come back year after year.
I like to brush my hand on the plant to release the lavender scents. Lavender is a Mediterranean plant origin and also well-known to repel mosquitoes.
Grow lavender in full sun and well-drained sandy soil. Lavender is one of the dry tolerant plants and perfect for a rock garden or xeriscape garden.
If you live in a colder zone as I do, here are helpful tips to attract the heat for growing lavender.
- Grow lavender in a dry, sunny area, and do not overwater it.
- Grow lavender against the wall on the sunny side area.
- Grow lavender by the pathway, sidewalk, or driveway.
- Put the rocks or gravel around the base of the lavender plant.
- If you grow lavender indoor, put the plant close to the sunny window and rotate the plant often so it will get the sunlight evenly.
Here is the link to get your lavender seeds.
Most of the mint family is perennial and easy to grow from seeds for full sun or partial shade. Start the mint seed indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost. Mint also one of the easiest herb to grow from cuttings.
Keep in mind that some mint varieties like spearmint or peppermint are one of the invasive plants. The plant would spread around your garden quickly.
Grow mint in the container to prevent this issue. Here is more info on how to grow mint without taking over your garden.
Here is the link to get your mint seeds.
Start oregano seed indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost. The germination might be slow, but it is easy to grow. Transplant oregano seedling outside after the danger of the last frost.
Oregano is a perennial herb for the full sun. The plant will come back year after year without much care. If garden space is an issue, you can grow oregano in a container.
Here is the link to get your oregano seeds.
Parsley is a biennial but mostly grown as an annual herb. Start parsley seed indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost. Parsley can be slow to germinate, but you can soak the seed in warm water for several hours to overnight for faster germination.
Parsley is an excellent companion plant for tomatoes. Parsley also grows wells in a container by itself or combine with any other low growing herbs like chives, basil or sage.
Here is the link to get your parsley seeds.
This herb also one of the mint families but non-invasive ones. Sage is a woody perennial, but easy to grow from seed.
Grow sage seeds indoors 4 to 6 weeks before the last frost pass. Once it is ready to transplant outdoor, you can grow sage in a container or the open space garden in full sun.
Sage won’t take over your garden. The plant will form like a dwarf shrub.
Here is the link to get your sage seeds.
Thyme is a perennial herb that grows dense and spread like a mat. Some wild thyme can be invasive, but most of the varieties for cooking will grow in a usual manner.
Grow thyme seed indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost. Transplant it outside after the danger of the last frost pass.
You can grow thyme in a container if you worry the plant will spread quickly in the garden. Grow thyme in full sun or partial shade.
Here is the link to get your thyme seeds.
The Best Time To Pick Fresh Herbs
You can start to harvest the herbs when there are enough leaves to pick and maintain its growth. Pick basil, sage, thyme, mint, oregano, and dill just above the node, as it will encouraging the plant to grow bushier. Harvest the plant in the early morning before the dew dries.
Other than lavender, always harvest the herbs before it goes to flowers, as the plant will reduce growing its leaves. When the plant shows the sign to go flowers, pick the flower stalk as soon as possible.
For lavender, of course, it is better to wait until it has flowers if you want to use the flower part. Lavender is a slow-growing plant when you start it from seed.
You will get flowers from Munstead lavender in the following year. After that, it will keep flowering year after year.Grow these herbs from seed for your kitchen garden. Click To Tweet
It is more than a satisfying feeling when you can grow your own herbs, knowing that you can pick it anytime you need to cook from your garden. When you expect the first frost coming early, and at the end of the growing season, you can harvest almost all by pruning them and preserve it by drying or keep it in the freezer.
If you grow herb in a container, you can bring it inside. Keep the potted herb by the window and treat it as a house plant.
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