Spring Is Here!

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Spring is here! Not only does that mean that I am back to work, but that gardening season has finally arrived! An easy transition into gardening that can be discovered early in the season is planting fresh herbs and spices. Growing herbs takes no special gardening talent, and can be done early enough in the season that you can have fresh, beautiful herbs before the frost even melts! The easiest way to do this is in small pots that can be convenienty accessable to you – like on the kitchen windowsill.

Early spring and late fall are the times in the year that you can start, and finish, to grow certain herbs and spices to make your growing season last even longer. But be careful – not all herbs react positively to indoor planting. Below is a small guide to the planting and transplanting of popular garden herbs.

-Basil-
Start Seeds Indoors: March – April
Start Seeds Outdoors: Anytime after last Spring frost
Height: 1ft. – 2ft.
Spread: 1ft.
Light: Full Sun
Soil Conditions: Rich, Moist
Growth Type: Annual

-Chives-
Start Seeds Indoors: February – March
Start Seeds Outdoors: 1 Month before last Spring Frost
Height: 1ft. – 1.5ft.
Spread: 1.5ft.
Light: Full Sun
Soil Conditions: Rich, Moist
Growth Type: Perennial

-Cilantro & Coriander-
Start Seeds Indoors: Not Recommended
Start Seeds Outdoors: Anytime after last Spring frost
Height: 1ft. – 3ft.
Spread: 4 inches
Light: Part Shade – Full Sun
Soil Conditions: Light
Growth Type: Annual

-Dill-
Start Seeds Indoors: Not Recommended
Start Seeds Outdoors: 1 Month before last Spring frost
Height: 3ft. – 4ft.
Spread: 1ft.
Light: Full Sun
Soil Conditions: Rich
Growth Type: Annual

-Fennel-
Start Seeds Indoors: Not Recommended
Start Seeds Outdoors: 1 month before last Spring frost
Height: 1ft. – 2ft.
Spread: 1ft.
Light: Full Sun
Soil Conditions: Rich, Moist
Growth Type: Annual

-English Lavender-
Start Seeds Indoors: March
Start Seeds Outdoors: Anytime after last Spring frost
Height: 4ft. – 6ft.
Spread: 1ft. – 1.5ft.
Light: Full Sun
Soil Conditions: Rich
Growth Type: Annual

-Lemon Balm-
Start Seeds Indoors: February – Early March
Start Seeds Outdoors: Mid March – Early April
Height: 1ft. – 2ft.
Spread: 1.5ft.
Light: Part Shade – Full Sun
Soil Conditions: Rich, Well-Drained
Growth Type: Perennial

-Parsley-
Start Seeds Indoors: March – April
Start Seeds Outdoors: Anytime after last Spring frost
Height: 1ft. – 2ft.
Spread: 1ft.
Light: Full Sun
Soil Conditions: Rich, Moist
Growth Type: Perennial / Biennial (requires 2 growing seasons to flourish)

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