Annual and Perennial Herbs
Herbs repel pests, attract helpful insects, and generally bring the garden into balance. Planting herbs nearby improves the growth and yield of most vegetables.
Annual herbs will generally do well in the bed with vegetables. Most herbs will want to be planted in spring after all danger of frost is past and the soil is warm; exceptions are clearly noted. Most of these are easy to grow. Many are members of the carrot family, like dill, parsley, and cilantro.
Perennial herbs may take a while to sprout. Starting them in pots will prevent the seeds from being disturbed or forgotten in vegetable or flower beds. See The Medicinal Herb Grower in our book section for excellent advice on growing herbs and indeed all sorts or perennials, trees, and shrubs from seed.
Codes used in the Herb descriptions:
B=biennial (lives 2 years)
TP=tender perennial (perennial in frost-
Days to Maturity figures are really just for comparing between varieties within a category. Actual days will vary from location to location, depending on garden conditions.