Tips for Growing Your Own Herbs

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  1. Tara says:

    I’ve always wanted to grow my own fresh herbs but never knew where to start. Not only is it great to have them on hand, you know exactly how they were grown & a lot of the fresh herbs are expensive! Thanks so much for the great tips!

    1. TBerokoff says:

      The herbs I brought indoors are doing great! The basil had a difficult time though because I think our sunroom got too cold at night for it. Each night I brought it into the house and each morning moved it back to the sunroom. It’s worth the effort though. I’m so glad I did this because with spring coming I can just move these outdoors and won’t have to wait for herbs! I hope you tried growing some herbs and were successful! Thanks for writing.

  2. t berokoff says:

    They are easy to grow and taste so good! Have fun enjoying growing and using your herbs!

  3. O my gosh I love love love this! I am pinning & following the wisdom soon as I want to try herbs again!

  4. t berokoff says:

    Yes, try them. The easy ones like sage, rosemary, thyme and mint will give you confidence to try others! Hahaha watch out for the mint – it will take over the garden if you’re not careful! 😀

  5. MommyB says:

    Thanks for the great information. My little buddy and I have just started our herb garden so I’ll definitely use some of your tips

    1. t berokoff says:

      I am anxious to see how herbs grow here in the south! I am seriously considering a greenhouse! I’m sure I’ll have some new tips! 😀

      1. Dinah Wulf says:

        I can’t wait to read what you come up with!!

  6. t berokoff says:

    It’d better be soon as four deer were in our backyard last night eating all the blossoms off our fruit trees! 😀

  7. T Berokoff says:

    Well, I finally planted some herbs. (See my article on garden gates.) I also planted rosemary in the ground to use as a shrub in a corner of the yard. Rosemary is so sturdy it will be able to stand up to the cold winter that’s ahead for us. I found that when I work out in the yard here in Tennessee, the bugs stay away if I tuck some sprigs of fresh rosemary in my shirt pockets, in my hat and in the cuff of my jeans! It’s a great natural bug repellant and it smells good too!

  8. Kim says:

    Where did you get the wire baskets for the pots?

    1. Dinah Wulf says:

      Hi Kim! I got them at Micheal’s Craft Store during a spring time sale last season.

  9. Maria J says:

    I live in Colorado. I’m curious if you recommend planting in plastics pots so I can bring the herbs inside and outside according to the weather? I just fear planting herbs in the ground as the weather can be so dramatic. Or do you have any advice on keeping the herbs safe outside? Im a total beginner here! Is there a time of year you recommend to start planting?

  10. TBerokoff says:

    Thanks for writing Maria! We have extremes in weather here too! I plant in plastic pots year around. I do not plant any herbs in the ground here. My herbs are in plastic pots in the sun room right now and are doing great! The basil has to be moved in the house each night then back to the sunroom during the day. I think the sunroom is too cold for them at night. But, having fresh herbs is worth it! Once I think spring is “truly” here (maybe another month) I’ll move my pots outside on their gates. I wrote another article you can check out about the metal gates I use to place my herbs on. I am starting some new herbs next week in plastic pots and around the end of March will move them outside to join the more mature herbs. I do not use seeds, I use small starter plants, making sure they are organic. This way I can be assured of success! 🙂 I hope this helps. Let me know how you do and if you have any other questions. I love this stuff!

  11. Pam says:

    When planting mint outside, cut the bottom out of a 5 gallon plastic bucket. Bury the bucket to the rim leaving about an inch out of the ground, your mint will stay contained.

    1. passang says:

      great idea, never thought about putting them in a bucket, my garden is over run by mint, now i will subdue them!, thanks once again

  12. t berokoff says:

    What a great tip Pam! Since mint has “runners”, this will stop them in their tracks! Thanks for sharing! T

  13. t berokoff says:


    Some people replace their lawn or portions of their lawn with mint! Wow! As long as you have mild weather year around I guess it would be okay. But, with the weather we have here in the south, the mint would die off during the winter and the result would be woody stocks on the ground. Because mint is so nice to cook with and to add to a variety of drinks, I like growing it and love the idea of containing it!


  14. Janice Neufeld says:

    Thanks for the information. I always believe what the label says and I’ve always had a hard time growing basil.

  15. t berokoff says:


    Every area of the country is different. Others may have their own “success” stories about placing basil in the sun, but, for me, I’ve never had any good basil when I’ve placed it in direct sunlight. It does not like to have it’s leaves wet, just the soil kept moist, but not overwatered. The more you grow it, the more comfortable you’ll get with it and find your own best place to plant it. I’ve not had good success with growing it in the ground, always grown it in a pot – both medium and large size. And, by placing it in our sunroom for this winter and moving it into the house during the night, I’ve also had great success in the winter! Good growing with the basil! Let me know how you do!


  16. Dinah

    I love your advice. It is so multilayered.
    For example here:
    “Repot the herbs as soon as possible. Leaving them in their original pots won’t allow the roots to spread out and they will suffocate themselves and die. (Make sure you don’t disturb the roots when you are repotting the plant.) Repot in pots 2-3 times the size of the original container. No larger, as too large and the plant will expend all its energy on root development, and very little on plant development.”

    when I read it, I felt… oh my God, this is a life lesson. If we are growing, we need to move, just like the herb, to nurture the Earth and the human community

    best wishes

  17. t berokoff says:


    Thanks for writing about my article. Hopefully you’ll find something in the new one I recently posted, growing herbs successfully, strawberries too! We moved from CA to TN and though our roots are in place, this move is allowing us to grow in ways unimagined! I agree with your words!

    Thanks so much for writing!


  18. Jessica says:

    Thank you! This helped so much! Just started growing my own herbs and I can’t seem to figure out what they all want and need, this article cleared it all up for me. My Cilantro’s leaves, well some of them, has a slight purple Colour, is this normal? The plant is also still pretty young, about 2 months and was grown from seeds? Also, when do I harvest the Cilantro?

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