The Herb Growing Cheat Sheet [Infographic]

By on 7th April in Featured, Home & Garden

Now we’ve entered spring and the sun is starting to creep out from behind the clouds, it is the perfect time to start growing our own vegetables and herbs.

Whether it’s a personal hobby of yours, or you want to educate the children in the science of growing herbs and plants, its an activity you will enjoy and feel self-satisfied after the herbs have grown.

If you have attempted growing herbs in the past, you’ll know its not as easy as putting a seed in some soil and hoping for the best. You have to bear in mind the time of year, tempreature, soil, hardiness and sunlight, etc.

To get you ‘sowing in the right direction’, this cheat sheet will provide you with information on planting, care and harvesting, as well as some tips and tricks when planting herbs in or outdoors.

8 Things the Herb Grower’s Cheat Sheet will show you:

  • What herbs to plant and when
  • The type of sunlight a herb needs
  • When to sow and harvest
  • Whether to water well or moderately
  • How far apart to spread the seeds/seedlings
  • Types of soil to use
  • A hardiness guide
  • Pests to be aware of

Infographic

A guide to growing herbs from Good to be Home

Transcript

The herb grower’s cheat sheet
*Growing seasons and planting information below are UK specific*
Herbs for growing indoors/windowsill
Basil
Bay tree
Chives
Coriander
Fennel
Lemongrass
Parsley
Rosemary
Sage
Spearmint
Thyme

Herbs for growing outdoors
Basil
Bay tree
Chervil
Chives
Coriander
Dill
Fennel
Lemongrass
Lovage
Oregano
Parsley
Rosemary
Sage
Spearmint
Thyme

Pro tip:
All herbs can adapt to life indoors and outdoors. It all depends on:
– The plant’s hardiness
– Time of year
– Soil type
– Temperature

Planting, care and harvesting

Full Sunlight or Partial Shade Watering Soil Spread+
Height Pests Hardiness
Basil ‘Sweet Green’
FS WM L, S S:40cm
H:45cm A, L HH
Bay tree FS, PS WW S S: 750cm
H:750cm BS, SC HH
Chervil
FS, PS WW C, L, S S:25cm
H:45cm C, S, SN H
Chives
FS WO C, CL, L, S S:30cm
H:40cm N/A H
Coriander
FS, PS WW C, L, S S:25cm
H:40cm A H
Dill
FS WW C, L, S S:30cm
H:90cm N/A H
Fennel FS, PS WM C, CL, S, L S:50cm
H:200cm A H
Lemongrass FS WW L S:90cm
H:140cm SN H
Lovage
FS WW L S:200cm
H100cm L H
Oregano
FS WO C, L, S S:45cm
H:45cm L H
Parsley
FS, PS
WW L S:45cm
H45cm A, CF H
Rosemary
FS WM C, CL, L, S S:150cm
H:150cm N/A H
Sage
FS WI C,L, S S:90cm
H:60cm CB, S, SL H
Thyme
FS WO C, L, S S:35cm
H:30cm N/A H
Spearmint
FS, PS WM C, CL, L, S S:50cm
H:100cm C, L H

Sow and harvest times

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Basil

Bay tree

Chervil

Chives

Coriander

Dill

Fennel

Lemongrass

Lovage

Oregano

Parsley

Rosemary

Sage

Thyme

Spearmint

When to sow When to harvest

Key:
Watering Water well WW
Water moderately WM
Water occasionally WO
Soil Chalk C
Clay CL
Loam L
Sand S
Watch out for these pests
Aphids A
Bay sucker BS
Capsid bug CB
Carrot fly CF
Caterpillars C
Leafhoppers L
Leaf-mining flies LM
Sage leaf hopper SL
Slugs S
Soft and horse chestnut scale SC
Snails SN
Hardiness Hardy H
Half-hardy HH

General tips and tricks
Let there be light
Herbs need 4-6 hours of direct sun every day to grow healthily indoors.

Give the roots proper drainage
During winter, herbs will drink slowly. To prevent root-rot, make sure they have proper drainage, i.e. drain holes, rocks or plastic foam.

Don’t eat their solar panels
Larger leaves are the plant’s energy providers – make sure you cut off a mix of mature and brand new leaves (and never cut off all the leaves at once).

Propagate from existing plants
Many herbs — including oregano, thyme, rosemary, and sage — are best propagated for indoor growing by taking cuttings from outdoor plants.

Taking cuttings with care
Snip off a 4-inch section, measured back from the tip. Strip the lower leaves and place the stem into a moist, soilless mix, i.e. perlite and/or vermiculite. Cover the cutting with glass or clear plastic and it keep medium-moist.

Sources

The Kitchn. (2012). 3 essential tips for successfully growing herbs indoors. thekitchn.com
Organic Gardening. (2015). 10 best herbs for indoors. organicgardening.com
Organic Gardening. (2015). Smart techniques for growing herbs indoors. organicgardening.com
Planet Natural. (2012). Lovage. planetnatural.com
Royal Horticultural Society. (2015). Herbs. rhs.org.uk
Sow Seeds. (2015). Spearmint herb seeds. sowseeds.co.uk
Thompson & Morgan. (2015). Herbs. thompson-morgan.com
Thompson & Morgan. (2015). Vegetable seed sowing guide. thompson-morgan.com
Which? (2015). Growing your our herbs. which.co.uk

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  • Kitchens and Bedrooms

    Good article , thank you for sharing!!!

  • Nathan Hoover

    This is fantastic, just what my wife and I wanted to do in our kitchen nook. Fresh herbs in your food is so much better than dried old herbs. We also have a drier which we can use to dry them for later and have less waste. Thanks for this great article…so well put together visually and well organized!

  • Louie Watts

    Glad you like it Nathan and that you’ll put it to good use! :)