Medicinal Herb Garden Starter Kit Guide: Instructions for Planting 5 Herbs

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Congratulations! You’re on your way to having a healing herb garden. This Medicinal Herb Garden Starter Kit has everything you need to get started growing your own herbs. St. John's wort, echinacea, lavender, chamomile, and hyssop are some of the most useful herbs to grow. Having your own medicinal herb garden will give you instant access to make your own remedies.

Medicinal Herb Garden Starter Kit

A medicinal herb garden is easy to start from seed. So let’s get growing.

Medicinal Herb Garden Starter Kit Guide

How to instructions for garden kit

Growing Medicinal Herbs From Seed

  • Start by following the instructions for hydrating the soil discs. Once the soil is expanded and in pots, you are ready to start planting. 

  • Plant the herb seeds according to the instructions for each specific seed packet. (Take note: St. John's wort, echinacea, and lavender benefit from cold stratification.)

Knowing how and when to water is vital:

  • Water by misting until the seeds start to sprout.

  • Take care that the seeds don’t dry out too quickly - seeds need to stay moist but not waterlogged to sprout.

  • A dome can help retain moisture. Keep the dome on until they begin to sprout.

  • Once the seedlings are growing, continue to keep the soil moist. Less frequent but deep watering will encourage root growth.

  • The pot should not dry out completely between waterings, just the top layer of soil.

  • As the plants grow, water only the soil, keeping the plants dry.

Now that you’ve got your medicinal herbs growing and the watering down, you’ll want to consider the other thing that plants need – food. The soil that comes in your kit has added amendments that create a fertile growing environment. You may need to add fertilizer when you transplant to a garden or larger pots. 

Herbs don’t need a lot of fertilizer, but they do benefit from nitrogen for leaf growth.

  1. Adding organic matter (compost and/or leaves) to your garden beds before transplanting can help supplement the additional nutrients your plants need as they grow.  

The included pots can easily be planted directly into the garden if you’d like to grow outdoors instead. When soil and outside temperatures are above 60ºF, follow the directions on transplanting the biodegradable pots.

How to Transplant Medicinal Herb Seedlings Outdoors

The fiber pots included in the kit make transplanting easy. Once the seedlings are several inches tall and there are at least four true leaves, you can transplant them into larger pots. True leaves are not the first set that develops when the seed first sprouts. True leaves come later and have the shape of regular leaves.

Tender herb seedlings need time to adjust to outdoor conditions. Over the course of a week or two, harden off the plants by placing them outside. Start with just a few hours a day and gradually increase the exposure time—no need to rush. Take your time and make sure the weather is over 60ºF before transplanting.

  • Thin out your seedlings early on once they have sprouted. Remove some sprouts to make room for the largest and strongest of them to grow without competition. 

  • The included biodegradable pot allows for easy planting with minimal root disturbance.

  • Soak the pot in water to soften the fibers.

  • Break open the sides of the pot with your hands and bury the pot completely in the soil.

  • Water the newly transplanted seedling.

Additional growing tips:

Growing your own medicinal herbs gives you access to healthy herbs without any contaminants or unknown ingredients. With your Medicinal Herb Garden Starter Kit, you're ready to start growing today for a healthier tomorrow.

Have more growing questions? At Sow Right Seeds, we love gardening and want your experience to be successful. Explore our Planter’s Library for more gardening tips, and check out our selection of herb, flower, and vegetable varieties to see what you’d like to grow next!

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