The 5 Easiest to Grow Herbs

by on July 16, 2012


The herb garden is a great foundation for any new gardener. In fact, it is what I recommend as a starting point for anyone who wants to gain gardening experience because growing herbs is one of the easiest things to do in the urban garden environment.

Here are our choices for the 5 Easiest to Grow Herbs for your urban garden:


Sweet Basil is as lush and green as it is delicious. From pesto to margherita pizza, you can’t beat this spicy sweet herb for adding just the right punch to any Italian dish. It’s hardy and will grow in a variety of conditions, though it thrives best in well drained soil in full sun.


When it comes to easy to grow herbs, it doesn’t get much easier than rosemary. Once established, a rosemary bush is sturdy and prolific and you will never get tired of running your hands over it and smelling the intoxicating aroma all season long. Rosemary is a great culinary addition to roast chicken, and when you have your own plant in the herb garden you are much more likely to use it!


Mint often gets a bad reputation as being quite invasive in the garden, but that’s only because it loves to grow and when you give it room, it wants to spread the love! Grow mint in a container and you will have plenty of fresh herbal goodness for your favorite dishes – or a nice mojito – anytime.


Chives are often ignored in the urban garden and I can’t understand why. They can be used as an ornamental grass in containers that add depth and fullness, then when you need something to top that baked potato all you need is a pair of scissors and you’re on the road to fresh oniony goodness! Chives grow quickly and will last from season-to-season if the climate is moderate enough. I’ve had chives in a container for 3 years and they are still going strong!


Oregano is fragrant and flavorful, and it is one of the first dried herbs that most people will reach for in the kitchen. Growing it yourself in the urban garden is so easy, there’s no reason to waste your money buying the bottled stuff anymore!

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L Janette Voss August 16, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Could I start these this late in the year? If so, where can I find them?


Carol August 16, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Where are you located? Most likely, the answer is yes. If it’s still pretty warm where you are, basil will sprout from seed, rosemary and mint you can find at a local nursery or farmer’s market, and chives either from seed or seedling, also usually at a nursery. Go for it! If you fail, try again!


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