Growing your own herb garden doesn't have to be a pipe dream--fresh herbs are simple to grow and essential to have at your fingertips. What's fresher and more organic than picking these herbs in the comfort of your own home, whether on your balcony, rooftop or porch?
Each time you harvest, it will be the exact portion you need. The plants act as your "living pantry" to store the rest for you. Waste problem, (and all other problems) solved. Because let's face it, who doesn't swoon over the scent of fresh basil. If you're having self-doubts and believe you have a "black thumb", below you'll find all of the tools you need to get-growing.
With an Herbs Seedsheet, you have a pre-selected, easy to grow, organic & nonGMO arrangement of 6 different aromatic herbs that not only sprout successfully from seed, but also are useful. These varieties grow great together with proper TLC for each.
- Slow to grow at first, but be patient, your plants will catch up!
- "Thin" extra seedlings to give plants enough space.
- Basil may lower stress & anxiety, has anti-bacterial properties and aids digestion.
How to Harvest Basil
How to Harvest Cilantro
- Parsley doesn't like to be rushed, let this one take it's time sprouting.
- Make sure seedlings receive light and aren't shaded by fast-growing neighbors.
- Make some impressive party appetizers.
- Enjoy parsley on the regular; it's full of nutrients, has anti-inflammatory properties and is a blood toner.
How to Harvest Parsley
- Dill is quick to germinate & grow.
- Harvest outer leaves if they steal sun from slower-growing neighbors.
- Flowers are edible and delicious!
- Dill has anti-inflammatory & anti-viral properties and can boost digestive health.
How to Harvest Dill
- Chives are slower initially to get growing. but once established they can last for years.
- Give a "haircut" to the tops of leaves when ready to use.
- Harvest about 1/3 of the leaves so the plant has energy to regrow.
- Chives can boost heart health, bone health and vision.
How to Harvest Chives
- All of the leaves grow out of a center point in a rosette.
- Some people say sorrel is like "nature's sour patch kids"!
- Small leaves are more tender while larger leaves are still delicious and will have more of that "sour" taste.
- Sorrel is high in oxalic acid--great for your gut health in helping in the absorption of other nutrients.
How to Harvest Sorrel
Every seasoned cook knows that fresh herbs bring out the best and brightest elements in a meal. Whether they are the main ingredient or the perfect finishing touch, the key here is that the herbs used are as fresh as they are intended to be.
You've been there: a trip to the grocery store to purchase that small, clear package of half-wilted basil or a huge bundle of parsley. The first problem lies in the fact that the quantity being sold usually doesn't work--whether not enough (basil for pesto) or too much (parsley for a smoothie). After all is said and done, these well-intended grocery items end up being costly, wasteful (with plastic packaging/carbon miles/excess unused), and who knows how long they have been sitting on the shelf! Plants' nutrients degrade immediately starting from when harvested. (Not to mention pesticide residue from commercial production.) Time to get planting!
Featured Recipes for your Herbs Seedsheet:
Herbs Seedsheet Essential Growing Tips:
- The Herbs Seedsheet can be grown outside in full-sun during your climate zone's frost-free parts of the year. All 6 varieties will be ready to harvest after about 4 weeks, so count backwards at least a month before the first frost if planting outdoors.
- All of these plants will continue growing so you can come and cut again each week, depending on how much you harvest.
- Use organic fertilizer for optimal production and growth.
- Keep the growing-going! Move your container garden to a sunroom or south-facing window when the temperatures start to dip too low.
- Get a jump start in the spring: plant your Herbs Kit indoors in a sunny window right around your last frost and move it outside once the temperatures are consistently above freezing.
- Not ready to plant right now? Seedsheets have a 1-year shelf life! Plan to plant yours, of give the gift of a garden to share this DIY fresh herbs hack with a friend.