Herb Gardening For Beginners

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Planting Herbs – Herb Growing

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When you are herb growing and planting herbs there are some general rules to follow.

General rules.

  • Choose a sunny location.
  • Plant in well drained soil.
  • Prune your plants to keep new growth coming.
  • Follow the instructions on the tag when you buy the herb.

Like duh! follow the instructions on the tag? Yep, you would be surprised how many times I come across unhappy herb plants that have been put in the wrong place.

What is meant by full sun?

Most of the standard well know herbs require full sun: basil, oregano, rosemary, chives, sage, dill, and thyme.

Sun for 8 to 10 hours a day is considered full sun. All of these herbs in a sunny herb garden would look great!

What is meant by partial shade?

Plants that can thrive in partial shade need 1 to 7 hours of sun. Even herbs that can tolerated partial shade will lean towards wanting 6 to 7 hours of sun. Morning or afternoon sun would be great for lavender, tarragon, parsley, marjoram. But even these plants like full sun.

What is meant by full shade?

Full shade means that the area is always shady or dappled shade. Little or no direct sunlight.  This can be areas where the sun never shines but the area is still bright. For example: under a tall trees or on the north side of a brightly painted house.

Almost nothing will grow under low growing evergreens because it is way too gloomy.

Mint herbs are true partial shade plants. They thrive in very low light and moist soils. Mints would be an exception to the general rules.

Pruning your herb plants.

Plan on spending time pruning your herb plants. They are meant to be used and love to be pruned often. In vest in a good pair pruners. I like my pruners to have bright handles so I can see where I left them.


P.S. When planting herbs plan ahead. Whether you are planing a culinary garden, a kitchen garden or a container herb garden plan on your garden getting a lot of sun.  You want your herb growing to be a big success.


4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Kathy Griffiths // May 3, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    You mentioned pruning your herbs often. I found I have to prune my oregano several times a season or it really gets out of hand.

    I also take the flower buds off my chives before they bloom. It forces more chives to come up.

    Sheila Reply:

    You are right. Especially for oregano. It is much better before it blooms and pruning it back keeps it from blooming.

  • 2 Camille // Jun 5, 2010 at 3:33 am

    I started a little herb garden in my window this spring. It has been so fun. I cant wait to try it outside. I didnt know that if you pruned the oregano, it would help it. I will do that. These are all really good tips. You are an amazing gardener. You make things sound so EZ.
    Thank You

  • 3 Sheila // Jun 7, 2010 at 10:09 pm


    Thanks for the compliment.

    You can really prune your oregano back all year. Clip this herb for drying just before it blooms.

    I always give it a good pruning during fall clean up.