5 Garden Herbs to Plant in Early Spring

In the early spring, the weather is fickle. One day is hot and the next could have a light dusting of snow. It's too early for tender herbs to survive the temperature fluctuations, but there are still plenty of herbs that won’t mind a chilly morning or two and will grow just fine. The added benefit of starting them all from seed makes this list of herbs frugal as well!

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    Cilantro growing in outdoor pot

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    Be sure to start your cilantro seeds straight into the ground at the start of spring. The seeds will tolerate even a light covering of snow, and the minute it is warm enough they will germinate!

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    Lemon Balm

    Lemon balm plant

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    Lemon balm is part of the hardy mint family. It's no surprise that this yummy herb can tolerate the crazy days of early spring weather. When you plant it, remember that planting it in a container that is sunk into the ground might be a smart move. Lemon balm will escape and grow everywhere if given the opportunity.

    Plant the seeds in the spring and enjoy the best this lemony plant has to offer before the heat of summer puts too much stress on it.

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    Bourage plant

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    Plant borage seeds as soon as spring begins! This beautiful herb deserves a place of honor in the garden. It will grow quite large, so plant it where you want it to remain forever. Borage will escape and reseed vigorously.

    Borage leaves are used in salads, the flowers are always edible, and–once the sun starts to scorch the earth in the latter part of summer–this cool-loving herb will try to go to seed and die back. Be sure to peek under the large mother plant for small seedlings to add to your salads all summer long.

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    Dill plant

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    Who doesn’t love dill? It grows lightning fast in the cool spring soil and offers a bright sunny flavor to your dishes in no time. Dill likes to reseed itself once it has been trimmed back numerous times, so planting in the spring and continuing to plant at weekly intervals will provide you with plenty of dill. It dries and freezes perfectly, so build up a stash while you can.

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    Closeup of basil leaves

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    As much as you hear about basil loving the heat (which is very true), it may surprise you that basil does best if started as seeds indoors and then transplanted outside when the weather permits.