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Spring is in the air, and it’s prime time to take on a new green project. Why not grow your own herb garden? Herbs are a necessity in most meals, and raising them in your home is such a great feeling: knowing exactly where they came from and what was used to grow them.

Starting a fresh herb garden isn’t as hard as you think, but you’ll want to start small as you learn the basics. Here’s how you can begin your herb-growing adventure in just a few steps!

Pick Your Plant

Start with 2-3 herbs you know you reach for on a regular basis, and build your garden from there. Some of the most common herbs to grow include:

• Basil
• Cilantro
• Parsley
• Chives
• Dill
• Mint
• Thyme
• Rosemary

Create Your Herb Garden Space

The great thing about herbs is that they can grow indoors! Choose a prominent windowsill, reading nook or bay window that receives at least five hours of direct sunlight each day. Growing indoors also helps reduce attracting insects and pests that can harm the plant and make gardening less fun.

Gather Your Supplies

You’ll need to decide whether to start with seeds or seedlings. If you’re just starting out and have never had a “green thumb” so to say, you may choose to begin with seedlings. Head to your local greenhouse or plant supplier and don’t be afraid to ask for help choosing your buds.

To make things more fun, pick a cute pot or craft supplies to customize your pots. This is the perfect opportunity to get kids involved, too!

You’ll also need some fertilized soil (potting soil) to nourish your herbs as they grow.

Watch Them Grow

Water your herbs at least once per week. You’ll know it’s time when the soil feels dry to the touch. Pour water carefully at the base of the plant, and stop when the soil feels damp. Be sure not to overwater.

Keep an eye out for weeds or invasive species in the pot and pluck them from the root.

There are many resources for growing herbs that can give you details on how to know when it’s time to harvest. Search the web for your particular species to learn more!

Harvest and Enjoy

When the time is right, pull your herbs and choose how you’d like to use them. When recipes call for fresh herbs, pluck them from the soil, rinse if needed, and add them to your dish. If you prefer to dry them, you can either air dry for 24-48 hours, or freeze them. Be sure they are rinsed clean and dry before placing in the freezer.

That’s it! You’ve got all the basics for starting your spring herb garden. What will you grow?

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