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The Herb | Getting Started | How To Grow Your Own Herbs

The Herb | Getting Started | How To Grow Your Own Herbs

Here's a quick look at how to get started.

N.b.  Always remember wash your hands after handling compost and other growing materials. 
Consider wearing gloves too - this is especially important if you have any open cuts or grazes. 




1 Choosing your seeds

  • Pick the 3 seeds that you want to grow – look at the light requirements and think about what you like the taste of
  • Any leftover seeds, you can use to plant elsewhere or give them away


2 Preparing your soil ⏱ 10 mins

  • See “Preparing Your Soil” for more details.
  • Take the coir discs and expand with water
  • Stir together with the nutrient mix
  • Pour into your starter pots (see "Planting Instructions")


3 Planting ⏱ 10-30 mins

  • Choose your start pots / trays: Dill & Chives will start in the big rice husk pots, all the other seeds will start in the coir trays & small pots
  • Follow “Planting Instructions” 


4 Sprouting 📆 14-21 days

  • Water everything very well, and then keep all the seeds moist by topping up water most days. 
  • Seeds will start to germinate and sprout into small plants


5 Thinning 📆 30 mins

  • When the sprouts are 2-3cm tall, it’s now time to “thin out” (see “How to Thin Out” on the website for further details)


6 Transplanting (Basil, Parsley, Coriander Mint) (📆 30-45 days)

  • When the sprouts are over around 10cm tall AND they have 3 pairs of leaves, they are ready to be moved into the bigger pots.
  • Add your soil mix into the larger pots that you're using
  • See “How to Transplant”


7.Start enjoying. 📆 typically around 2 months after sowing

  • When the plants have matured it’s time to start harvesting some leaves! Info on when you can start harvesting each plant is given in each plant’s info.

    (2) Preparing Your Soil

    Use your box as a mixing tray

    • Empty your box of all the components
    • Take coir discs and put them in a saucepan - add water and watch the coir discs expand
    • Add enough water so that the coir so that the expanded coir feels moist throughout and crumble in your fingers
    • Put the coir into the box and pour in the Box & Sprout nutrient mix
    • Mix together!

      (3) Planting Instructions

      • As a rule of thumb, we can expect that around 3 out of 4 seeds will grow. This means we sow more seeds than we need plants. If too many germinate and begin to grow successfully, we can simply ‘thin’ them out (see "How to Thin Out")

      Coir Tray – use for Basil [ + can also be used for either Coriander or Mint]

      • The coir trays are large enough for 3 rows of 4 seeds (12 total), evenly spaced in a grid.
      • Plant 1 seed the center of each grid space (should be at least 2-3cm apart).
      • Plant 0.5 cm deep and lightly cover with crumbled soil.
      • Gently water.

      Coir Pot – Parsley [ + can be used for either Coriander or Mint

      • The small coir pots can take 2 seeds each.
      • Plant c. 2cm apart, then carry on as per the coir tray instructions.

      Rice Husk Pots – Dill & Chives

      • Dill
        • Place 3 seeds more 3cm from the edge of the pot.
        • Create a triangle, with the places where you are planting three seeds (at the corners of the triangle).
        • Press the seeds lightly onto the top of the soil and water (dill seeds need light to germinate and so do not cover with soil).
        • Gently water next to the seeds, not directly onto them.
      • Chives
        • Plant 1 seed in 10 – 15 small evenly spaced divots.
        • No more than 0.5cm in depth.
        • Plant about 2-3cm apart.
        • Gently water.

      N.B. Our tray and pots are not water-tight. Water should drain out the bottom so that the soil doesn’t become waterlogged (which seeds and plants don’t like!).

      We like to keep our pots on a little saucer, so the water doesn’t seep out onto our windowsill.


      (5) How To Thin Out

      Once the plants are 2-3cm tall, they are ready to be thinned. You’ll want to keep the stronger healthier ones (bigger stems, bigger leaves) and trim our the others. Take some scissors and snip the half the seedlings from the base (at soil level). No need to thin the dill.


      (6) How To Transplant

      • Fill a big pot, making a 2 inch wide bowl-shaped recess in the middle.
      • Transplanting from the coir tray
        • Cut around the sprout with a knife, making a circle around 2 inches in diameter.
        • Lift out the sprout and its surrounding soil, and place into the recess.
        • Push the soil down gently but firmly and water it in.
      • Transplanting from the small coir pots
        • You can plant the entire pot directly into the recess. The coir allows the roots to grow through and expand, and is fully biodegradable.



      (7) Watering Guidance

      • Seeds:
        • Water slowly and gently across the surface of the Seed Mix (you do not want to disturb the seeds under the surface ).
        • The mix can take a few moments to absorb the water.
        • Seed trays and pots will let excess water drain out of the bottom.
      • Sprouts:
        • Keep the soil moist with light, daily watering.
        • Gently water around the edges of the sprouts, avoid watering the sprouts directly if possible.
        • You can use a water spray bottle to spray the soil as an alternative.
      • Over 10cm tall (in rice husk pots)
        • Bigger pots won’t dry out as quickly
        • You can water slightly less frequently, but still keep the soil evenly moist.
        • As plants grow beyond 20cm tall, scale back to just a few times per week.





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