How to Grow Your Own Herb Garden

Just before dinnertime, Bob Westerfield realizes that dinner needs a little something. He opens his back door and grabs a handful of cilantro, basil or oregano from his backyard garden.

True, Westerfield is also a horticulturalist and vegetable specialist with the University of Georgia’s College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences, so he knows a little something about growing herbs—among many other kinds of plants. But you can grow your own herbs, too. You don’t have to be an expert.

Herbs are very forgiving as a general rule, says Westerfield. “Herbs are much more tolerant of mistakes or ‘garden abuse,’ if you will, than vegetables,” he says.