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Butte, MT

I am about to start growing some herbs for the first time. Does anyone have any tips that could be helpful? Anything would be much appreciated!!! Thank you!

Hillsborough, NC(Zone 7b)

Most like sun and good drainage.
Don't overwater
Grow in pots the kind that invade
If you grow dill (and I think fennel) - get ready for the caterpillars to eat

Foxboro, MA

Keep mint as far away from everything else as possible. It is the defintion of weed! Bury the whole pot in the ground if you must, but better yet, just plant it in a container far away from your garden.

Plant more basil than you need. Critters love to eat it.

Hillsborough, NC(Zone 7b)

Don't forget lavender and scented geranium. There is another thread where folks are talking about how to use lavender in recipes. Plant less rosemary than you think you need. Agree with the basil but not just for the critter aspect --but because it is great in many things. You can even make a sorbet with basil and strawberry.

Keep your herbs used or the plants will fade quickly or go to seed.
eval what you plant if you have a small area...somethings are just more easier to buy than to grow.

Lake Charles, LA(Zone 9a)

parsley is another easy herb to grow in abundance

here is my small herb garden. there are starter kits you can buy as well.

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Butte, MT

Thank you for your comments!!! I bought some seeds and a starter kit. I got sweet basil, thyme, chives, oregano, rosemary, parsley and sage. :)

Foxboro, MA

Rosemary grows as big a shrub in my zone. I put it in the basement in the winter and then I can use it all year long. It does very well when neglected too. I think it can grow without water or sunlight ;)

Lake Charles, LA(Zone 9a)

the photo i posted was from a starter kit i found at a dollar store. it does fairly well, and like good gardener...i want more.

Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

Plant the herbs you love to use most- Rosemary stays in ground all season here, has beautiful little flowers, basic herbs first, then experiment with different flavors, don't forget chives! Fresh are awesome! Both garlic and onion chives- true - plants like dill, fennel, are the home of 'cats' that become butterflies- some herbs are best to just delight the nose outside, others like basils in bloom make awesome kitchen bouquets indoors in the window, have fun!

Ayrshire Scotland, United Kingdom

You never mentioned what zone you were in but if it helps, you can make a small raised bed close to your kitchen door or under the window if it gets enough sun, the smells wafting in will give much pleasure. I add a load of sharp / small grit to my soil as this allows for drainage, most herbs are Mediterranean by birth and thrive in the poorer soil, most are annual and the few that are perennial can be grown in pots and placed around the raised bed. they do need water but not as much or as often as most of our other plants. Thyme is wonderful to plant where you will brush past it and it throws up it's perfume as does lavender, take serious the warning about mint, if it gets into the garden soil you will be trying to get rid for ever and it spreads like wild fire.
Hope all the hints and tips from everyone has helped as there is nothing more pleasing than a nice herb garden no matter what size you make.
Good luck, WeeNel.

Cedar Valley, OK(Zone 6b)

I love herbs but, yes, mints will try to take over. Anise hyssop (agastache) is part of the mint family and it has reseeded everywhere in my borderline zone 6-7 central Oklahoma garden. But a few are good for bees and butterflies. Also, I would never, repeat never, plant comfrey. I planted it once and it was very invasive. One herb that you don't see very often, but is a beautiful little plant, is blue lovage. The flowers are sometimes used for cake decorations. Can't say enough wonderful things about lavender and sages (salvias), most of which are very ornamental. I have grown cilantro (used in salsa) from seed. Chives are great in green pea salad or sprinkled over baked potatoes. Your county extension office or local library should have useful information. Happy Gardening!

Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

WeeNel? Butte, Mt is close to the Canadian border by our Bighorn Mtns, they have short summers. I' ll try to find her zone, but she's apt to be kitchen herb gardener.

Lake Charles, LA(Zone 9a)

wife brought home a two foot talll mint, had to transplant it in the garden. yeah.

Dublin, CA(Zone 9a)

Mmmm...I'd put the mint in a pot rather than in the garden. They can spread quite aggressively and you'll never get rid of it otherwise. A pot will keep it contained a lot better so you can enjoy it without worrying that it's going to take over your garden.

Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

On the other hand, I've never had enuff spearmint-but I make jelly, and it stayed where I put it. The chocolate mint took over the roses for 2 years and died totally out. The highways across Wisconsin have mint for miles and smell awesome!!! I think you guys are too kind to your mint plants, chuckl

Lake Charles, LA(Zone 9a)

i love our lil mint plant, along with our citrenellas, the air is sweet. now all i need is honeysuckles and i'm good to go.

Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

Ahhh, Lake Charley! add night bloomin jasmine, and wisteria and roses!

Lake Charles, LA(Zone 9a)

we have a wisteria in the back yard and a rose in the front

Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

You want the traditional white/yellow lonicera? Or the coral / red lonicera?

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