Choose What You Want to Grow, and Where
Prepare Your Soil
Plant Your Herbs
Feed and Water
Imagine reaching out your kitchen door and picking home-grown herbs for your salad or main course. Fresh herbs add great flavor to the meal. Besides, their fragrance and beauty enhance any garden. Plant one anywhere - in the ground or in containers.
Find a spot that gets at least four to six hours of sunlight a day, then decide what herbs you want. If your area is sunny, then basil, chives, cilantro, dill, oregano, parsley, and rosemary are good candidates. If you only have partial sun, go with herbs such as bee balm, lemon balm, catnip, and mint.
It's always a good idea to mix in nutrient-rich organic material to your soil, such as Miracle-Gro® Organic Choice® Garden Soil. This will give your herbs a good start as they get established.
Check the instructions on your herbs to see how they should be spaced. To avoid shocking your herbs, plant them in the early morning. First, dig out a hole that is about twice as wide as your plant's root ball. Gently place your plant in the hole, then backfill. That's all there is to it.
Once you have planted your herbs, water and feed them on a regular basis. You can feed and water at the same time with products such as Miracle-Gro® LiquaFeed® Advance? All Purpose Plant Feeding System Starter Kit. Continue to feed between 7 to 10 days throughout the growing season.
Only harvest less than a third of the plant at a time. Otherwise, it will have trouble growing back. For fuller foliage, pinch off the top of the plant in early summer.