Regional Calendar of Herb Garden Care

Follow our directions for year-round care of your herb garden.
Spring

Cool Climates

Sprinkle Seeds Start seeds early for a head
start next spring.

  • About six weeks before the last frost in your area, start herb seeds indoors to get a head start on the outdoor growing season.
  • Prepare the garden beds for planting. Although herbs can survive in poor soil, they do better in good-quality soil that drains well. If you have heavy clay soil, amend it with sand, vermiculite, perlite, and lots of organic matter to make it lighter and improve drainage.
  • Begin weeding early in the season, before the weeds' roots get too developed and before they set seed.
  • Once the weather has warmed, set out new plants you have purchased this year. This is also the time to divide large plants and take cuttings to increase your supply of a favorite herb.

Warm Climates

  • Start seeds of annual herbs indoors to get a head start on the growing season.
  • Prepare the soil for new plantings. Although herbs can survive in poor soil, they do better in good-quality soil that drains well. If you have heavy clay soil, add vermiculite, sand, perlite, and lots of organic matter to loosen the soil and improve drainage.
  • Sow seeds directly in the ground for herbs that grow better if they aren't transplanted.
  • Begin weeding early in the season, before the weeds' roots get too developed and before they set seed.
  • If you see signs of whiteflies or mealybugs (the latter deposit a white, fluffy substance on the leaves), remove them with a strong spray of water from a hose or with damp paper towels. If you have a major infestation, spray with an insecticidal soap.

Continued on page 2:  Summer