Organic gardeners are usually chomping at the bit right now to grow their spring herb garden. If you’re one of them you probably already started an organic herb garden indoors last fall and are now getting ready to transplant and grow those special herb plants in your spring garden when that last cold spell is over. Here’s some tips and a list of the best herbs to direct-sow and grow in your organic garden this spring.
Watch the video to learn more about How to Grow a One-Pot Indoor Herb Garden.
Water, light, and temperature for container growing of herbs
If you’re starting to grow a herb in a container, most any herb likes to be well watered but doesn't like wet soil. Good drainage is imperative. Water when the top of the grow container feels dry, or learn to judge the moisture in the soil by the weight of the pot. Add sand or vermiculite to the organic potting soil to ensure good drainage to correctly grow your organic spring herb garden.
Study how to manage water, light, and temperature. An herb in a terra-cotta pot in a south-facing window will need more water than one in an artificial pot in an east, or west, facing window. In low light, keep temperature low.
Organicgardening tips for growing spring herbs outdoors
These herbs may thrive in cooler temperatures, but some seeds, such as those of parsley, can take up to a month to germinate, especially in cold spring soils. Soaking the seeds overnight and planting in raised beds will help speed germination of direct-sown seeds.
The best spring herbs according to organicgardening
Two different forms include the familiar curly parsley and the more flavorful flat-leaved Italian version, with leaves like celery and cilantro.
Sow: Direct-sow seeds or set out six- to eight-week-old transplants about a week before the last spring frost, spacing seeds or seedlings 8 to 10 inches apart.
The emerald leaves have a distinctive flavor that combines parsley, sage, and citrus; and its seed (coriander), which is reminiscent of citrus and spice.
Sow: Direct-sow seeds a week or two before the last spring frost and again in late summer.
Grow: Best in full sun, with some afternoon shade in hotter regions.
The leaves resemble parsley in appearance and taste, with delicate overtones of anise.
Sow: Sow seeds directly into the garden about three to four weeks before the last spring frost and again in late summer; thin seedlings to 6 to 9 inches apart.
Dill combines well with fish, mild cheeses, and vegetable dishes.
Sow: Best sown directly into the ground four to five weeks before the last spring frost; thin seedlings to 6 to 18 inches apart.
Grow: This aromatic annual thrives in full sun.
Regular chives have a delicate onion flavor; garlic chives are milder.
Sow: Grow by seeds, transplants, or divisions, with plants spaced 8 to 12 inches apart. Sow seeds in clumps or set out six-week-old transplants about four weeks before the last spring frost; divide existing clumps every two to four years.