Growing tasty herbs in containers near the kitchen makes it easy to snip fresh stems when you need them. If you start early, basil, rosemary and parsley can grace your table with flavor, color and fragrance for many months.
Basil is fast and easy to grow from seed, but it’s best to start with sturdy plants. Other easy fresh herbs to grow include chives, marjoram, parsley, thyme, sage and mint.
Plant Herbs in Containers:
- Choose 6” deep or larger pots with drainage holes.
- Fill the pot halfway with potting soil.
- Remove herbs from their containers by pushing from the bottom. Loosen roots.
- Arrange herbs in container and fill with potting soil up to the base of the plant.
- Place container in a spot that gets at least 5 hours of sun each day.
- Water, keeping the soil slightly moist. Do not overwater.
- In 2 to 3 weeks, when your herbs develop new growth, start snipping stems. Frequent harvesting encourages new growth, so you can keep gathering herbs as needed well into summer.