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Growing Herbs For Beginners
8 Easy Weeks To Growing Your Own Herbs!
By Rhonda Daniels The Relaxed Herb Grower
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com . especially if you planted more than one kind of seeds. and some can get enormous! Make sure you know the approximate size of your adult plant. It is very easy to forget which seeds needed what type of care. Tip: Save the seed packet or write the planting information down.if it is listed the size of the adult plant the planting depth of the seeds the light and watering requirements Some seeds require light to germinate! They don’t like to be planted deeply and won’t sprout if you plant them too far down. starting them from seed works pretty much the same! Plan for size That tiny little plant or seedling will get bigger. or laid on the top of damp soil.Growing Herbs For Beginners Where are you growing? Whether you’ll grow your herbs in the garden or in a pot. including the Latin name . Remember: Herbs grown in smaller pots may not reach their full size potential. If you save the information you can always refer to it later! © 2009 Growing Herbs For Beginners BahHumbug! LLC 1 http://www. These types of seeds are usually just pressed into.growingherbsforbeginners. Reading Your Seed Packet Some things to look for : the name of the plant.
In order for them to germinate. or start them inside in a warm area. Storing your seeds in the freezer for a month or two will usually do the trick.com . you can plant your seeds outdoors in the fall and they will sprout in the spring! Some seeds like to roughed up Some seeds have very hard outer coatings. You can do this by rubbing the seeds back and forth lightly on a nail file. it means that those seeds require a cold period before they will sprout. or cold soil. When you are asked to scarify seeds it means you will need to scratch the surface of the seed a little bit. Other seeds need a cold period before they will sprout When the packet says stratify seeds. Start them after the soil is warm.growingherbsforbeginners. water must penetrate the seed coat. Remember: Be gentle so you do not smash or harm the inner parts of the seeds! © 2009 Growing Herbs For Beginners BahHumbug! LLC 2 http://www.will not germinate and grow in very cool. If you do live in a cold climate. or a small piece of fine grade sandpaper. This simulates winter for the seeds. These seeds like to grow in warm soil.Growing Herbs For Beginners Some seed packets will give you more planting information like: Start after soil has warmed Stratify seeds Scarify seeds This information is important if your seeds are to grow well for you! Some seeds-like Basil.
Mist lightly and sprinkle seeds down the middle of it. Remember to fold the packet up and seal the hole when you are done! Remember: There will always be some extra little seeds that clump together. Water gently. © 2009 Growing Herbs For Beginners BahHumbug! LLC 3 http://www. and lay it on damp soil. on a plate. The sand method works better for seeds that are about the same size as the grains of sand. Fold the tissue over to cover the seeds and place it on moist soil. Dump a few seeds out in your hand. Don’t worry about it. You sprinkle the sand/seed mixture over the soil which helps to spread the seeds more evenly . Moisten a small piece of string or thread. As the seeds sprout and the roots begin to grow. Unfortunately the grains of sand are sometimes bigger than your seeds and the tiny seeds still don’t get spread evenly. Take the string. The Hole Trick Poke a tiny hole in one corner of your seed packet with a needle or pin. or in a bowl. The string will pick up seeds as you pull it along. gently blow off any extra seeds.growingherbsforbeginners. Drag the damp string slowly through the seeds. or toilet paper and lay it down. Carefully sprinkle a few seeds onto the soil. So how DO you plant itty-bitty seeds? The String Trick Where I live in the Midwest there is a trick we use.Growing Herbs For Beginners Starting Your Seeds Planting Small Seeds It’s so easy to dump too many seeds at once! Some folks recommend adding the tiny seeds to a bit of dry sand. Mark that corner with a pencil or pen so you know where the hole is.com . The Toilet Paper Trick Take a strip of facial tissue. the tissue will disintegrate. you can always thin out the seedlings later on.
a warm sunny window-or on a seedling heat mat. follow the directions! If no planting depth is mentioned. plant the seeds at a depth twice the size of the seed. © 2009 Growing Herbs For Beginners BahHumbug! LLC 4 http://www.Growing Herbs For Beginners Planting Medium and Large seeds Check your seed packet for seed planting depths. and electrocution is a real threat. You can place your seeds in a warm spot– the top of the fridge. you can lightly mist the seeds without disturbing them. If the packet tells you how deep to plant the seeds. If you don’t have a small watering can or plant mister. If you have a sprayer or mister. Small seeds tend to pool together.growingherbsforbeginners. You do not actually need to measure your seeds! Watering Your Seeds You will want to keep your seeds moist.com . so water carefully. Example: If your seed is about an 1/8” tall (or around) you would plant it 1/4” deep. Heat Some seeds prefer a bit of heat and won’t germinate unless the soil is warm. Remember. NEVER use a heating pad! They are NOT waterproof. but do not drown them. these are just guidelines. you can wiggle a few fingers beneath the flow of water will to help disperse it.
They start their seeds in the winter. cups. but kind of fun! The mixture is right and will hold together in a loose ball when you squeeze a handful of it. It’s messy. Feel free to recycle tubs. make sure they have a warm spot. but not drippy! Place some of your seed starting or potting mix in your containers. Your little plants will either be moved to larger pots. You really just need something to hold soil. Provide light with either a sunny window or a grow light. If your seedlings require warm soil. or follow the planting depth guidelines in Module 1. a little at a time. Now sit back and wait like an expectant parent for your little green babies to show up! Remember: The starting pots and flats are temporary. Mist or water gently. They can all be used.growingherbsforbeginners. Plant your seeds according to the package directions. or in the very early spring. If you are using a cup or small pot. or placed out in the garden after they have grown up a bit! © 2009 Growing Herbs For Beginners BahHumbug! LLC 5 http://www. They know that by getting a jump start on the growing season they will have nice sized plants much sooner than they would by starting seeds in the garden.Growing Herbs For Beginners Seed Starting Basics Starting your Seeds in pots or flats Lots of gardeners start seeds indoors. You want it wet. as you need it. and milk jugs. You can mix with a trowel. A few inches of damp mix is plenty for seed starting in a flat tray. you will want to fill the cup to within 1/2 to 3/4 inch of the rim. you can begin enjoying your fresh herbs earlier in the season! Getting Started You don’t need fancy equipment to start seeds. but to really get the job done. mix it with your hands. First Moisten Your Seed Starting Mix or Potting Mix Pour the potting soil in a container and pour in some water. When you start seeds indoors.com . Most seeds will like a warm place to germinate anyway. Start with 1 part water to three parts potting mix and add more water.
Tip: Since I’m lazy. Plant the seeds according to the directions on the package. Make sure the area gets at least 6 hours of sunshine a day. Earlier we said that little herb plants are no match for aggressive weeds. you will Need a sunny. then rake the top few inches of my chosen garden spot. Cover and water your seeds gently! Mark the area so you know where to look for your seedlings. Easy! Remove any grass and weeds Make sure any other plant material is removed from the area.com . till or turn the soil.growingherbsforbeginners. or follow the seed planting depth guidelines. This is really helpful when distinguishing the seedlings from weed-lings! I can almost guarantee that the weeds will grow faster than your seedlings! © 2009 Growing Herbs For Beginners BahHumbug! LLC 6 http://www.Growing Herbs For Beginners Starting Your Seeds in the Garden Whether you start your garden in the ground or use raised beds. your herbs need light. If they are overshadowed by weeds they won’t get any! Loosen the top few inches of soil You can rake. Besides crowding and taking nourishment from your seedlings. I usually just loosen with a garden fork. weed free spot to start your herb seeds. Tip: Some seed packets have a picture of what the seedlings will look like.
Some seeds germinate much faster than others. Their tiny little roots don’t reach down very far yet. If it’s hot.growingherbsforbeginners. Your next mission: Keep the area well weeded Water when the soil looks dry.com . Be patient if the seeds don’t pop right up! Remember that some seeds like the soil nice and warm before they will sprout. See if the adult leaves look different from the first pair of leaves. stick a finger in it! Yep.. so they need moisture in the top inch or two of the soil. Some seeds take a very long time to germinate. windy (or both) you may have to water them twice a day until they get established. © 2009 Growing Herbs For Beginners BahHumbug! LLC 7 http://www. If it feels dry. Many do! Tip: In warm weather seedlings dry our super FAST. If you aren’t sure whether your soil needs watering. Once the seedlings begin to appear you will get to watch them grow and develop those second and third pairs of leaves. water it.Growing Herbs For Beginners Congratulations! You’ve planted your seeds.. just poke your finger in the soil up to the first knuckle.years in some cases! Remember to keep the area moist while you are waiting for your seeds to sprout.
Dig it? If you are planting your herbs in the garden: Dig a hole slightly bigger and a little bit deeper than the pot your plant is already in. or planted in the garden. it really doesn’t hurt the plant. but no name calling! Teasing just means to untangle any tangled roots. If there are some roots that seem to be falling apart. just tug gently on the plant near the base of the stem. Make sure you “Tease” the roots. If it seems stuck.growingherbsforbeginners. Turn the pot upside down and tap the bottom of the pot. Unless the roots are really tangled the plant should plop out of the pot. You will be holding the plant around the base of the stem and tapping with the other hand. Your plant just needs enough room to spread it’s roots a bit and get established in its new home. you can pull off the loose and broken roots without harming the plant. Don’t worry.Growing Herbs For Beginners Growing Purchased plants Have you already bought herb plants? If so. Make sure to give your plant a drink afterward! © 2009 Growing Herbs For Beginners BahHumbug! LLC 8 http://www.com . and make sure to tuck soil in around the plant. they will need to be repotted into a bigger container. Be sure to cover the roots and firm the soil in around them. Put the plant in the hole you made. Squeeze the bottom of the pot all the way around to loosen the roots.
being careful to gently spread out the roots. The fabric paint holds up well out in the weather. If you are repotting your herbs into a larger pot After you have your container you will need to moisten your dry potting mix . Add more water. Well done.Growing Herbs For Beginners Tip: Mark your plants so you will know what you’ve planted! You can make your own plant markers using wood shims or tongue depressors (available at craft stores or the pharmacy) Use fine tipped fabric paints to write the plant names on them. as you need to.com . Remember. but not drippy. It’s messy. Now set your plant in the pot.growingherbsforbeginners. Start with about 1 part water to three parts potting mix. These markers will usually last a few years in the garden. Make sure to leave 1/2” to 1” of space at the top of the pot for watering. mix it with your hands. a little at a time. but to really get the job done. it will not hold any moisture. Fill your container to nearly half full with the dampened soil mix. then press the mix all around the roots. You want it wet. Keep adding more soil-and press it down lightly. Cover the roots gently with more potting mix. if you try to use the dry stuff as is. To recap: Pour the potting mix in a container and add some water. Dirt Digger! © 2009 Growing Herbs For Beginners BahHumbug! LLC 9 http://www. You can mix with a trowel. but it’s kind of fun! The mixture is right and will hold together in a loose ball when you squeeze a handful of it.
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