Whether you enjoy spending time in the garden or you’ve finally decided to give it a try, growing herbs in your garden is a great way to get started. Most herbs are pretty easy to grow from seedlings; even if you don’t have green thumbs, herbs require a bit less than other plants to thrive. With that said, you will need to get all the right equipment to get started, such as topsoil, the right seedlings, plant food, drip tape irrigation, and a few others. That said, there are tons of herb garden guides online that will let you know what you need to start growing your herb garden.
However, when choosing your selection of herbs, things can get a little bit tricky, as there are simply so many different kinds to choose from. So, we have listed a few herbs that are perfect for your outdoor space, as these herbs only really need sunlight, routine watering, and good drainage. Whether you are planting your herbs in containers until they start to sprout, or you will be sectioning off your garden with another method, these are the easiest herbs to start growing in your garden.
Parsley is an excellent choice to get started as the Italian herb is highly versatile to use. It goes well in most dishes as it doesn’t have a strong taste. With that said, growing parsley is reasonably straightforward. You will be able to harvest almost anytime, and it will simply grow right back. One plant will be able to give you roughly a year’s supply of harvest if you treat the herb right. Parsley does require sunlight, so be sure to place the pot planter with the seedlings in direct sunlight. If you notice the leaves starting to yellow, you should add a bit of plant food or liquid fertilizer to the planter and water more frequently as parsley enjoys moist soil.
Rosemary is an exceptional herb, and the plants’ fragrance is relaxing too. The herb goes great with roast chicken dishes, although it has a ton of other flavourful uses as well. The best part is that rosemary does not require too much attention, as a hardy plant that will thrive in your garden with little more than sunlight. In most cases, rosemary can thrive on rainwater alone, although, if you live in a dry region, you will need to water your rosemary yourself at least once a week. You can plant rosemary in a large planter or create a hedge of the herb and shape it however you wish while harvesting.
Mint is exceptionally easy to grow, although the herb can quickly overtake your garden if you don’t harvest the plant often and trim it regularly. Mint is also quite versatile, and the scent the plant provides is simply divine. You can plant mint anywhere in your garden as it can grow in both full sunlight or shade without much hassle and regular watering is a great idea as well, although it can thrive on rainwater alone. Because mint can overtake your garden quite quickly, it is generally best to plant in containers to keep growth under control and keep your herb garden uniform and neat.
Basil is another fragranced herb that will give your garden a lovely scent. The seeds grow well when planted in full sunlight, and it also prefers moist soil like parsley. However, it will need proper drainage to avoid root rot. You will also need to prune your basil often to encourage new growth, as neglecting pruning can lead to the herb dying out quite quickly.
Chives are a great herb to have as they can add an abundance of flavor to various dishes. These are also excellent herbs to plant in pots and use to border your herb garden. They are pretty hardy and don’t need much, although chives thrive best in cooler conditions, so you may want to plant them in full sunlight during winter months for the best results. You must also keep the soil moist and ensure pots have adequate drainage.
Thyme can grow well in a pot or the ground, as a hardy herb plant that can be used in various ways in the kitchen. However, thyme prefers sheltered positioning in full sunlight. With that said, there are also a few different varieties of thyme plants out there, such as wooly thyme and lemon thyme, to name only a couple. However, thyme can be harvested absolutely any time of the year.