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Herb Growing Guide: How to Grow Herbs

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Learn When to Plant and How to Grow Common Herbs!

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Growing herbs is not difficult to do! Our helpful chart will take you from seed-starting to the kitchen table.

Herb Planting Calendar & Growing Guide

Herbs are a great addition to the garden. Not only do they complement your home-grown veggies in the kitchen, they also make for excellent companion plants in the garden itself. 

Click here to open an expanded version of this chart in a new tab: Growing Guide to Herbs

For more planting and growing advice for a specific herb, see our library of Herb Growing Guides!

How to Grow Herbs


Start Seeds Indoors (Weeks before last spring frost) Start Seeds: Outdoors (Weeks before / after last spring frost) Height / Spread (Inches)


Light** Growth Type
Basil* 6–8 Anytime after 12–24/12 Rich, moist   Annual
Borage* NR ‑ Anytime after 12–36/12 Rich, well-drained, dry   Annual, biennial
Chervil NR ‑ 3–4 before 12–24/8 Rich, moist   Annual, biennial
Chives 8–10 3–4 before 12–18/18 Rich, moist   Perennial
Cilantro / Coriander NR ‑ Anytime after 12–36/6 Light   Annual
Dill NR ‑ 4–5 before 36–48/12 Rich   Annual
Fennel 4–6 Anytime after 48–80/18 Rich   Annual
Lavender, English* 8–12 1–2 before 18–36/24 Moderately fertile, well-drained   Perennial
Lavender, French NR ‑ NR ‑ 18–36/24 Moderately fertile, well-drained   Tender perennial
Lemon Balm* 6–10 2–3 before 12–24/18 Rich, well-drained   Perennial
Lovage* 6–8 2–3 before 36–72/36 Fertile, sandy   Perennial
Mint NR ‑ NR ‑ 12–24/18 Rich, moist   Perennial


6–10 Anytime after 12–24/18 Poor   Tender perennial


10–12 3–4 before 18–24/6–8 Medium-rich   Biennial


8–10 Anytime after 48–72/48 Not too acid   Tender perennial


6–10 1–2 before 12–48/30 Well-drained   Perennial


6–10 2–3 after 20–48/12–14 Rich, organic   Perennial
Summer savory 4–6 Anytime after 4–15/6 Medium rich   Annual
Sweet cicely 6–8 2–3 after 36–72/36 Moderately fertile, well-drained   Perennial
Tarragon, French NR ‑ NR ‑ 24–36/12 Well-drained   Perennial
Thyme, common* 6–10 2–3 before 2–12/7–12 Fertile, well-drained   Perennial
*Recommend minimum soil temperature of 70Β°F to germinate
** full sun partial shade
‑ Not Recommended

Click here to open an expanded version of this chart in a new tab: Growing Guide to Herbs

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Catherine Boeckmann loves nature, stargazing, and gardening so it’s not surprising that she and The Old Farmer’s Almanac found each other. She leads digital content for the Almanac website, and is also a certified master gardener in the state of Indiana. Read More from Catherine Boeckmann

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