Planning on growing an herb garden this year? Want to know what to plant and when? Refer to this handy guide for reference. You’ll have a garden filled with herbs and spices in no time.
What are USDA Zones 6-8?
USDA Zones 6 through 8 covers area of the country where winter lows are seldom lower than -10 degrees F. Certain herbs and spices thrive in this environment. Before planting an herb garden, it’s important to know which plants yield the greatest amount of edibles.
Think about your favorite spices. What herbs do they contain? Oregano, cilantro, and parsley?
Herbs and Spices Grown by You
Examples of some herbs and spices grown in herb gardens in Zones 6 through 8 include:
• Anise Hyssop
• Chives (Zone 8)
• Rosemary (Zones 7 and 8)
• French Thyme
• Lemon Thyme
What You Need to Consider
First, you need to decide whether you want to grow herbs and spices from seeds or seedlings. Seeds are cheaper but seedlings provide quicker results. You have the option to purchase seedlings from a nursery or home and garden store.
You also need to determine where to keep your plants. Herb gardens are planted indoors and outdoors. It isn’t unusual for a person to grow mint, oregano, and basil on their windowsill. Sunny rooms provide the perfect growing environment for container herb gardens. A patio or window box is ideal for growing a herbs and spices outdoors.
A well-planned herb garden takes thought. You need to decide what herbs and spices you use often and plant accordingly. If mint is something you add to all your dishes, having multiple plants makes sense. You’ll have access to more of the herbs and spices you love to cook with most.