We do our best to source seeds from USA farmers first. What seeds we cannot find in the United States we source from other countries. Which seeds come from the USA and which come from other countries like Spain, Italy, Mexico, etc. will vary so we are unable to tell you which specific seed packs come from where unless specifically stated on the product listing's page.
Of course this question varies depending on what you're growing. If you're growing squash, a small kitchen pot will not work.
For herbs like cilantro, thyme, basil, etc., a minimum of a 3 inches diameter inside the pot is a must, but really 5 inches or more is desirable. For smaller pots, be careful of overcrowding. If you plant too many seeds in a small pot, some sprouts will die off because of a lack of space.
There is a huge difference between potting soil and potting mix.
Potting soil contains dirt and is a little denser (i.e. less breathing room for your herbs in a pot). Potting mix does not contain dirt and is less dense (i.e. more breathing room for your herbs in a pot).
If you read about the difference between the two online and which to use, you'll find lots of opinions. For that reason, here's our 2-point answer.
A) Buy Organic
Always buy "Organic". Whether it be a mix or soil, make sure it says organic.
B) Choosing Potting Mix vs. Soil
A potting mix will allow more room in the confined space (e.g. in a container) which will allow for better drainage of water and freedom for roots to grow and expand. So if you're planting in a small container, we personally always use potting mix.
Potting soil comes into play for larger, top heavy plants which you plan to plant in the ground (or if it's a smaller plant but may take a beating from wind). Because potting soil contains dirt, it can get more compact. This is ideal for top heavy plants because if a large gust of wind, for example, comes along, the plant will be planted firmer in the ground. The trade-off is that soil is a little more restricting for roots.
TIP: If you only have potting mix on hand and you want to transplant your potted plant into the ground, you can mix some dirt from your yard in with your potting mix to create a firmer soil/mix blend.
If you're planning to grow your herbs indoors your most challenging part will be dealing with getting enough sunlight and airflow. In my house, for example, there are no windows facing the sun long enough to give my herbs the proper amount of light they need.
Grow lights are the answer.
Grow lights use fluorescent bulbs which are ideal because they give off little heat but plenty of light. Regular light bulbs, like the ones you use in your house lights, give off too much heat which could damage your herbs.
If you're just growing a few herbs in your kitchen, then a simple clip-on light like the one pictured above will work just fine. Make sure you buy a bulb if the light does not come with one (note the above link is an affiliate link).
Try to pick a spot in or outside your house which gets a decent amount of sunlight. Four hours is the minimum, but 10 hours is ideal for most plants.Morning sunlight is typically the best light to get. It's the early evening light we are trying to avoid as it can get pretty hot.
Try to avoid north facing areas.North facing locations will get the least amount of sun. A good amount of sunlight will also help warm the potting mix.
If you are unable to get enough sunlight for your plants, consider adding grow lights (see another question for more on that).
Home Chef Herbs provides you with 3 different ways to submit payment for our products.
1 .Shopify Payments
2. Amazon Pay
Home Chef Herbs offers free Standard Shipping for all our products. Standard shipping usually takes about a week to get to your doorstep (4 to 7 days).
We also offer Expedited 2-Day Shipping for an additional fee (price depends on the weight but as an example, our seed sets and singles cost about $9.95 to ship via Expedited).
If you need your product as fast as possible, we also offer Priority 1-Day Shipping (must be ordered before 3 PM Eastern Standard Time. As above, the price for 1-Day shipping will depend on the product and weight and is typically double the charge from what Expedited Shipping costs. So in this case, a seed pack / bundle would cost about $19.95 to ship 1-Day.
For our herb, vegetable, and fruit seeds we have a 90 Day return policy. This extended return for a full refund policy gives you enough time to plant your seeds and grow the plants. If anytime before 90 days you are unhappy with your order, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org and request a refund.
For products which are not living, growing products like seeds and plants, we supply you with a 30 day money back guarantee. If you would like to return the item for a full refund within the 30 day timeline, please send an email to email@example.com.
We do need some proof of purchase - that might be a screenshot of your order, an order number, etc. We should also be able to find you via your name, though if you have an order number that would make things much easier.
Step 1: If your order has not arrived at your doorstep by the time you expected, check your confirmation email which should have your package's tracking number and double check to see if the package got delayed somewhere during shipping. Sometimes weather or other traffic delays might cause products to arrive at later than expected times.
Step 2: If you have checked your tracking number and it shows your package has been delivered but it seems to have not been delivered to the right address, contact us at this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond promptly.
Please note that returns and shipping problems cannot be settled over the phone which is only for pre-sales questions. Please use the email above or email@example.com for shipping and returns issues. Thank you.
If you received your package and it appears there are parts missing and/or in unusable shape, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with a description of the problem and we will send you a replacement out as soon as possible.