|Cilantro, Basil, Dill, Parsley, and Thyme|
Starting from seed is a very frugal way to grow a garden.
I prefer to start my herb seeds in pots, as opposed to direct sowing them in the ground. I like to save the plastic 6-pack containers that I get from the nursery, and that is what I used this time. I filled each one with potting soil and added about three seeds to each individual square section of the container. This is just in case a few of the seeds don't germinate. Once they start sprouting, I'll choose the best looking seedling from each section and pull the others up. This way I should end up with six of each herb.
|The back of each seed packet will tell you when to plant each|
type of herb based on your location, as well as planting depth,
days to germination, and plant spacing.
After getting all of my seeds planted and labeled, I placed all of the containers on a cookie sheet that I keep specifically for this purpose and watered them. Keeping them on the cookie sheet keeps the water from getting all over my potting table and other surfaces, and it allows me to easily move seedlings in and out of the weather until they are strong enough to be transplanted into the ground.
|I have a stash of cookie sheets and baking pans that I keep in|
my garden shed specifically for transporting my seedlings.
They were all purchased very inexpensively at garage sales and thrift stores.
Now I just need to make sure my soil stays warm and damp for my seeds to germinate! What about you? Have you ever tried growing herbs from seed?