Growing Herbs From Seed

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This article will teach you how to grow herbs from seed
by Brett · All Zones · Food Gardens · 0 Comments · September 22, 2010 · 11,826 views

Most herbs, particularly annuals, can easily be grown from seed. Direct-sow the seeds in the garden, or start them indoors. Borage, anise, caraway, chervil, coriander, cumin, dill and fennel are somewhat difficult to transplant and should be direct sown at the appropriate time in the garden.

Sowing Herb Seeds Indoors

Plant herb seeds indoors at the recommended number of weeks,(indicated on the seed packet) prior to transplanting outdoors indicated on the seed packet. Also, follow instructions on packet for light or darkness needs to gerninate, and whether it should be covered or uncovered, as well as any other special growing requirements such as soaking, chilling or scarifying.

Supplies you might need for indoor seed sowing include the following: fluorescent or grow lights, disinfested containers with excellent drainage, pasteurized (sterile) seed-starting medium and a location with proper temperature and ventilation.

Growing Media For Starting Herbs From Seeds

Choose a medium with a loose, uniform, fine texture. A mixture that is 1/3 soil, 1/3 sand, vermiculite or perlite, and 1/3 peat moss has the qualities of a good seed-starting medium. Your local nursery and garden center may carry mixes labeled for seed starting. Whatever is selected, be sure it is pasteurized (sterile). Using pasteurized soil prevents damping-off, a fungal disease that kills young seedlings. Pasteurized soil also helps to avoid weeds, diseases and pests. If your local nursery doesn't stock pasteurized soil growing mixes, ask them to order it for you.

Seed-starting media are usually low in fertility. This means that a regular fertilization program is very important once seedlings emerge.

Container For Starting Seed

Any recycled containers are adequate for seed starting provided they are disinfested, have good drainage and are at least 2 inches deep. Other container options include compressed peat pellets, peat pots, paper pots, plastic cell packs and flats. Your local nursery should be able to provide you with plastic flats - they might give them to you.

Peat and clay containers tend to dry more quickly than plastic containers because they are very porous.

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