Spring herbs are more likely to thrive now that the weather is more consistent than during the early Spring. You'll be happy to know also these herbs for Spring are strong against pests and diseases, in addition to being drought-resistant.
You can either grow Spring herbs from seeds or starter plants from nurseries. So once you set up a place to plant where they could get at least six hours of sun, you're herb-ready!
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With numerous varieties to choose from, basil is one of the more well-known herbs to plant in Spring.
How to care: Sow the seeds directly into the soil. Choose a location with at least six hours of sunlight starting early in the morning. Basil likes moist soil so water the plant regularly.
Once grown and ready to harvest, pinch off flowering stems to avoid tasting bitter.
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Except for the roots, all parts of the borage plant are edible. The leaves can be made into tea while flowers add flavor to salads.
How to care: Cultivate this herb in well-drained but moist and organic-rich soil. Borage loves the sun but will be able to tolerate partial shades.
Known as one of the oldest condiment, caraway seeds add a distinct and pungent flavor to bread, dishes, cheese, and soups.
How to care: This Spring herb grows well in a warm area with full sunlight to partial shades. Remember to water moderately.
What makes chamomile tea popular among people is its relaxing and calming effect. The fragrant German chamomile flower, usually dried, is also an effective remedy for various ailments.
How to care: Chamomile likes it cool so it needs to be planted in part shade. Allow plants to dry out before watering again.
Chives have a similar aroma to green onions. You can use them in the kitchen either dried or fresh. Leaves go well with salads and eggs. The flowers are edible as well.
How to care: Protect the herbs from too much sunlight. At the start, the plant may need moderate watering. Once established, chives can do good even in dry soil.
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Yes, for those that don't know yet, cilantro and coriander are the same plants. For most, cilantro refers to the leaves and stems while coriander is the dried seed.
How to care: Grow the plants close to each other to protect the roots from the sun. Cilantro generally does not like hot weather so plant in a shaded area if you must.
Cinnamon comes from the inner bark of its tree. This spice has been proven to lower blood sugar in persons with diabetes.
How to care: Keep the soil moist and cool. Cinnamon grows in a garden with full sun exposure but afternoon shades will do the plant good.
It's not a misspelling. There really is an herb called culantro. The aroma is even more intense than cilantro so use it sparingly in dishes.
How to care: Native to Central America, the culantro herb grows larger leaves in a shaded and wet area. Pinch the stalks once in a while to avoid bolting.
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Dill weeds and seeds are often used in soups, dips, and pickles. This particular herb somewhat tastes like anise or licorice.
How to care: Plant dill in full sun and away from shades to have a bushy growth. With moist soil, keep the plant away from the wind as its stalks are hollow and delicate.
10. French Tarragon
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French chefs have this herb as a staple in their cuisine. It embodies a bittersweet flavor that goes well with fish, eggs, and chicken.
How to care: French tarragon plants will flourish in dry and aerated soil. The herb prefers full sun exposure but too much heat can damage it. Allow the soil to dry in between waterings.
11. Lemon Balm
The lemon smelling leaves can be used in making teas and essential oils. Lemon balm contains citronellal, similar to citronella, which is an effective insect repellant.
How to care: Probably one herb that is easy to grow, lemon balms are to be planted in full sun. Remove the flowers to prevent your plant from becoming invasive.
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Dried marjoram leaves are best as seasoning if you're looking for a sweeter oregano taste. As a matter of fact, marjoram was used to make beer before.
How to care: Plant in a sunny area of your garden. Keep it well-watered during the Summer but not to the point of soaking. It's better to trim off some leaves to promote an upright growth.
How to care: It's best to directly sow the seeds to its permanent location. Support the plant by creating a trellis for the climbing variety.
We know oregano as a flavorful ingredient for pizza and pasta. Aside from this, fresh oregano has antibacterial and antioxidant properties.
How to care: To grow oregano, plant in an area with full sun and sandy loam. Water only when the soil feels dry to touch.
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Versatile parsley can surely add an interesting flavor to many dishes. Plus, this herb is rich in vitamin C and can be used as a breath freshener.
How to care: To hasten germination, soak the seeds in lukewarm water for a day. Sow the seeds in organic-rich soil. In terms of soil moisture, water at least twice a day during the hot Summer.
A crossbreed between watermint and spearmint, peppermint has a pungent taste and a cooling aftertaste. It is often mixed with other herbs in salad and tea.
How to care: Peppermints are water-loving herbs so keep the soil moist all the time. To maximize oil production, make sure that the plant gets full sun exposure.
This familiar herb has a strong resiny flavor and piney aroma. Rosemary is used as a seasoning for several dishes including soups and stews.
How to care: Rosemary cannot tolerate winter weather so it is better to plant it in a container. Transfer indoor during the cold season. But keep in an area with enough light. Water generously but allow the soil to dry in between.
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The strong earthy flavor of sage makes this herb a prime choice for a number of culinary dishes. Sage is also regarded as an effective medicinal herb for digestive problems and memory loss.
How to care: Sage is a hardy plant that can survive both hot and cold weather. Once established, water sparingly as it is easily killed by overwatering.
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Stevia is well known as a natural sweetener. As it contains zero calories but sweeter than most traditional sugar, stevia is used by people on a diet.
How to care: Like rosemary, stevia is best planted in containers. The herb thrives well in cool Summer weather with access to enough light. Be extra careful with this brittle stems.
20. Summer Savory
Famous for its hot peppery taste, summer savory enjoys good patronage even since the Greek era. It was believed to be an aphrodisiac as well.
How to care: Summer savory favors rich and well-draining soil. Allow the plant to grow to half-feet height before starting to harvest.
Thyme is a common kitchen herb used to enhance a dish's flavor. Oftentimes, it is mixed with tomato for sauces.
How to care: Generous watering at the start but once established, these Spring herbs grow in mostly dry soil. Location wise, plant where it can get the afternoon shade.
Watch this video from Scott Head on growing Spring herbs in containers:
From here on, expect to harvest Spring herbs early in the Summer up until Winter. These herbs to plant in Spring will add flare to your kitchen. Some will be good for natural medicinal uses.
With Summer just around the corner, you'll have more time to spend in your garden and the best herbs to grow are listed above. Start now, it's easy and fun!
Which Spring herbs are your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.
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