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Planting Winter Herbs

Updated: Nov 29, 2021

A simple step-by-step guide to starting your herb garden in December

Step 1: Choose the seeds you want to grow. It's best if you look up which growing zone you're in so that you can plant according to the correct time of year for the specific area that you live. I live in zone 10 which is quite favorable to year-round gardening so I chose to plant quite a few different herbs. I have been doing a lot of research on herbology and homeopathic medicine lately so I am excited to be able to grow my own organic herbs and harvest them to make my own teas and tinctures. Herbs have so many wonderful uses and unlike pharmaceuticals, herbs are mostly free from side effects and interactions.


Step 2: Fill the seed tray kit with high-quality potting soil like FoxFarm or Perfect Plants


Step 3: Create labels for all of the herbs you plan to use. These cute labels actually came with this tray. Row-by-row, poke a small hole in the center of each cell and fill it with 3-5 seeds. The reason I say 3-5 is that there is a small percentage of seeds that will grow poorly or won't grow at all. If you plant a few of them, at least one should grow well, and hopefully more.


Step 4: Pour water over each of the cells in the tray. About 2.5 cups will do the trick. Be sure not to overwater because that can cause the seeds to rot and die, also called "damping off".


Step 5: Cover the tray with the plastic dome for temperature and humidity control and place the tray indoors.


Step 6: Wait.....patiently;)

After about 10-14 days, the herbs will sprout and you will see something like this...


Step 7: Once the seedlings have sprouted and have 4 "true leaves"(the leaves that come in after the initial pair of seed leaves), you can transplant them from the cells into slightly larger, 3-inch, biodegradable peat pots.

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