If you’re like me, you love to plant seeds and watch them grow. While virtually any common herb can be grown from seed, (with the exception of “French” tarragon which doesn’t produce virile seeds), some like Rosemary, are easy to grow from cuttings or nursery stock. Planting your own seeds will of course take a little longer to mature, usually about a month or so, whereas nursery plants normally can be harvested almost immediately. A good alternative is to buy and transplant hardier herbs like rosemary, thyme and sage, while planting quicker growing plants like cilantro, oregano, mint, and parsley. Some, like dill and chives, are more delicate and don’t adapt well to transplanting and therefore are better planted from seed, preferably in a permanent container or in the ground.

If you purchase any plants you’ll also need to buy a larger container(s), ones that are at least 6 inches deep and 6 inches in diameter – the larger the better, and potting soil (preferably organic) and re-plant them in the larger containers. To replant in a larger container, spread a just enough of potting mix along the bottom of the pot so the original plant will sit slightly below the top of the container. Place the plants on top of it and surround them with potting mix at the same depth in which they were originally planted, not too tight, just enough so they’re steady.

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