Herb garden with thyme, basil, oregano

Fresh herbs are convenient for cooking and also easy for even the most novice of gardeners. But with so many varieties, how does one go about choosing what to plant – and when?

As annuals, basil, dill and cilantro bloom just once and are best planted in the spring when the chance of frost has passed. Biennials, such as parsley and caraway, live for two seasons but only bloom during the second season, so plant them in the fall for them to flourish the following spring. Perennials, on the other hand, bloom each season once established and include chives, mint, tarragon and thyme.

Frequent cuttings are required with most herbs to keep the plants fresh and enhance growth.

Did you plant any herbs this year? Why did you choose what’s in your containers, and what do you plan on doing with the herbs? Let us know in the comments!

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