As summer kicks off into full swing, many are ditching their newfound baking habits to create their very own at-home garden. While squash and cucumbers are staples for some, growing herbs can be a simple enhancement to their gardens, recipes, and at-home DIYs. Check out our list of some of the best herbs to grow in your at-home garden.
- Best for: Warmer outdoor environments, or sunny kitchen windowsills.
- Maintenance: Fertile soil and high levels of warmth and light.
- Harvest: Regular harvesting encourages the plant to produce more leaves.
- Best for: Most climates and environments that get four to five hours of sun each day, or sunny kitchen windowsills.
- Maintenance: Full sun and well-draining, moist soil.
- Harvest: Grab what you need – the entire herb is edible.
- Best for: Humid climates with plenty of sun, but not extreme heat.
- Maintenance: Moist soil and partial sun. It can handle full sun but will be more likely to wilt if it gets too warm.
- Harvest: Pick when the plant reaches about five inches in height. Trim the plant close to the soil.
- Best for: Shady outdoor environments that don’t get too chilly
- Maintenance: Partial light and well-draining soil. Underwatering is better than overwatering.
- Harvest: Once the plant has several stalks and leaves, harvest by pinching off the leaves you need. Don’t harvest all the plant in one go if you want it to regrow.
- Best for: Contained, light-filled environments.
- Maintenance: Rich, moist soil that drains well and partial to full sun.
- Harvest: Trim off sprigs of the plant before it flowers to encourage regrowth.
- Best for: Warmer environments
- Maintenance: Bright indirect sunlight and well-draining soil.
- Harvest: When the plant is four inches or taller, harvest whole stems rather than picking off leaves.
- Best for: Cooler, sunny areas
- Maintenance: Regular waterings as it thrives in moist soil.
- Harvest: Cut at the base of the plants and choose stems that are about four inches taller rather than newer sprouts. Collect the full stalk, not just the leaves.
- Best for: A wide variety of environments.
- Maintenance: Plenty of sunlight, well-draining soil, and regular waterings. Be sure to prune the plant regularly so it doesn’t get unruly.
- Harvest: Harvest the younger leaves for the freshest taste. You can snip up to 1/3 of the entire plant in one harvest without harming it.
- Best for: Sunnier, drier climates.
- Maintenance: Well-draining soil, bright light. Wait for the soil to dry out before watering again.
- Harvest: Chop off several stems or leaves at a time to use fresh or dry for later usage.
- Best for: Hotter, drier environments.
- Maintenance: Full sun and drier soil with proper drainage. Avoid overwatering.
- Harvest: Snip a few inches from the top right before the flower blooms for optimal flavor and scent.