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Name: TK
Ontario, Canada (Zone 6b)
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Macrocentra
Mar 12, 2021 10:18 AM CST
Normally I buy grown plants for herbs, but decided to try them from seed this year. I was wondering how you guys start your seeds?

I have lemon balm, peppermint, catnip, lavender, chamomile, sage, and I'm going to go back to the nursery for fennel seeds. My hope was to get them started indoors soon, in a small indoor greenhouse with supplemental lighting. I also stocked up on those degradable Jiffy pots (just the pots. I'm going to mix my own soil), thinking they could be useful to avoid disturbing roots too much during transplanting. I have 2" pots and 3" pots. Would the 2" pots be suitable for getting some of these started? Or will that be too small by the time I'm able to relocate them outside? (On average, most things go outside near the middle-end of May assuming temperatures are cooperating).

My intention is also to grow these in pots the entire time. I was thinking either 10" or 12" pots, to try to keep them contained, as I'm the only one that will be using them. I'm also hoping to make use of the awkward space behind my house that's been unused this entire time, so hoped to keep the plants smaller and manageable.

I regularly grow different varieties of Basil in similarly sized pots and they always do well. However, those are always purchased as grown plants and are just put directly in their permanent pots.

Any recommendations? Smiling
I haven't done much for herb gardening other than Basils and my giant patch of Oregano (thankfully I use a lot of that Hilarious! )
Name: Kat
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kittriana
Mar 12, 2021 1:04 PM CST
I have never been able to get herb seed packets to sprout, so quit trying. It is going to depend on the plant which pot to plant in. I have been posting in Plants Database pix of my herbs and their root. It lets you see how much pot depth will help.
Fennel has a root like a carrot- needs depth. So do basils have a deep root, but not a carrot root.
Thyme has short roots, survived our snow with covering and dies from heat by July. This is a volunteer fern leaf dill that also survived the snow in a protected place. It also will be gone by July or August.


Silverbeets popped up in 5 days, will die by July. Snow bit my larger plants but we are having 80* now for last 2 weeks basically. I am wondering if my tomatoes stand a chance this year, sigh.
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Catnip volunteer, covered by frost cloth survived, struggles in our heat so needs shade. Good luck. I would post links to the paesly roots I uploaded last year, but am on my cellphone
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