What herbs are easiest to grow?

I want to start growing herbs for cooking, I dont know anything about growing anything!!! So what I am asking is, which herbs would you recomend that will grow pretty much year round (I live in Texas) and what are the procedures.. soils? pots? seeds? where would you recomend to buy them.

8 thoughts on “What herbs are easiest to grow?

  1. From the amount of stories I see in the papers, It sounds like marijuana is the easiest, but I don’t think that is what you meant.

  2. I’m not exactly sure what would work for your area, because I’m from Illinois. However, I do know that Rosemary will grow well in southern states because you don’t have harsh winters. Up here, I’d have to dig it out and put it inside during the winter every year, which isn’t always possible of happening.

    Basil is very easy to go as well… chives… parsley… and these are all in full sun.

    Perhaps you could try Marjoram or Oragano, but you have to make sure it’s in partial sun otherwise it will dry up.

  3. I live in Texas too, and just on a whim bought several sickly looking herbs/plants at Walmart, which are all thriving now, and believe me I don’t garden. I just bought a back a miracle gro for like 4 bucks while I was there.

    All of the plants are healthy now
    The basil really took off
    So the parsely and tarragon.
    The sage and oregano have been slower to grow but are still perfectly healthy
    The only one that Ive had a little trouble with is the cilantro because I think it was getting too much sun…but I think itll be ok.
    I also planted a bell pepper plant and two tomato plants which are doing well
    I also know Rosemary thrives down here.
    Just remember that herbs req about 5 hours of sun a day, but don’t let them roast in our hot texas sun all day, because that can kill them..
    Herbs must be extremely forgiving and easy to grow if Im having luck with them

  4. I grow Chives, Oregano, Parsley. I put them in small pots with Miracle Grow Potting soil. I put them in a sunny spot in the Kitchen. I even grow fresh Catnip for my cat. He loves it.

  5. herbs are easy in general
    but the easiest of them all are basil, parsley, thyme & chives
    i grow all mine from seed
    in a general compost, they need very little looking after
    i plant outside during the spring and have fresh herbs all summer and autumn, over the winter i keep pots indoors

  6. I’m in North Carolina and have a beautiful herb garden. The only herbs that seem to continue during winter are oregano (watch out,, after a few years this herb will take over!), sage (gets “spindly” during winter, but still hangs on), and rosemary.

    If you want a virtually “care free” herb garden try to plant mostly perennials such as parsley, chives, oregano, rosemary, thyme, bee balm, chamomile, lambs ear (decorative), tarragon or mint (I like chocolate mint!), to name a few. That way each spring your herb garden will flourish with little attention and bring you much joy!

    Basil has been mentioned, but it will not grow all year. I get a “bumper crop” of it and have found (pinch back tops to prevent flowering) that harvesting the leaves and “cramming” them into ice-cube trayes, fill to top with water, freeze, and when frozen pop them out and freeze them in ziplock baggies gives you “your own” basil all year to use in sauces (not good for pesto). Yum!

  7. Chives, oregano anything you want! Are you growing them inside or outside? I love Texas tarragon. Find out what is growing good in your state! Then you can think of what you love to cook or bake the most and grow them! I grow a lot of Cuban oregano and other Oregano’s, Basils (since I have an Italian Living in the house; who loves pasta dishes, bee balm, Lemon balm, Fennel for tea’s, Chives & Texas Terragon, & Tomatoes here in Florida (good thing with the Salmonilla) Scare at the grocery stores. Had so many I was giving them to my friends and family! Many moons ago, people ate their herbs and were much healthier. I grow organically! Here in Florida with all the bugs that is quite a miracle!

  8. I live in central Arkansas and I’ve found that most culinary herbs are super easy to grow. Most of the herbs we use originated in areas with poor, rocky soil with dry climates. I grow parsley, chives, thyme, rosemary, cilantro, 2 kinds of basil (purple and sweet), sage, and oregano.

    I will say the sage and oregano simply won’t die. I’ve got them in planters by my mailbox, they rarely get watered, and they have full sunlight all day long. They’ve been there for three years and just keep going.

    Cilantro has a tendency to bolt, to shoot straight up, produce flowers and seed, then die. I now plant lots of cilantro in a pot and trim it when it get 8 or so inches tall. My rosemary has done well for three years and I still have to cut it back pretty severely every spring.

    I have read that parsley becomes bitter after its first year, so I’ve always planted fresh plants each year, but my basil always produces some seed which gives me next years plants.

    One note, don’t let your herbs flower until the end of the season, once they start producing flowers and seeds they slow down their leaf production, which is want you want. You will also want to pick the terminal growth on basil so that it will branch out.

    If you want a really easy herb collection go get the biggest pot you can find, fill it with good potting soil (NOT topsoil) and sprinkle seeds or plant seedlings on it. Water it often in the hot summer and make sure to pick often to stimulate new growth.

    If you plant herbs in the ground, make sure they aren’t invasive. Mint will take over everything, including your lawn, so always keep it potted. Rosemary and Thyme like to take over, too, if they aren’t pruned back.

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