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Who is the cutest baby herb seedling in my herb garden?

Everyone loves an adorable baby, especially when that sweet little cutie is a baby herb seedling. Enjoy these pictures of all of the little babies growing in my kitchen window herb garden.

Keep reading, I’ll reveal my choice for cutest of the cute.

Genovese Basil

Basil babies have a soft, round look to them, like chubby little cheeks.


A tiny little choir of oregano seedlings grew from itty-bitty black seeds.


Nature is so funny. Would you believe these lanky green shoots turn into oval spinach leaves? Check out the little curly ends, awww.


My catnip took so long to sprout, it’s still just emerging from its sleep. One miniature sproutling is just popping through.


They’re not just any ordinary tomatillo. These baby herb seedlings are going to grow into purple tomatillos!


Something about the leaves on a crowd of baby parsley reminds me of a flock of birds. Or at least, the way I draw them as V’s.

Bay leaves

Wee baby bay leaves…it should be a nursery rhyme. I love plants that start as tight buds. One day, they burst into an explosion of little leaves. I cheated a little with this one. It’s not a baby herb seedling, just baby leaf buds.

Ground cherries

You all know I’m partial to ground cherries. I created a salsa recipe featuring ground cherries instead of tomatoes, so unexpected. If I didn’t harvest these seeds myself from some ground cherries I picked up at this farm stand, I would not recognize this bowtie-shaped baby herb seedling.


So easily confused with baby parsley, cilantro leaves are more full and less spikey on the ends. They look like tiny little fans as they begin to form. Cilantro babies sprout in pairs; in other words, they’re twins!


I confess. I have a favorite baby. It’s a nasturtium seedling. Every time I find one coming up in the garden, it makes me smile. Every. Time. Baby nasturtium leaves look like a little duck landed head first in the dirt with her feet up in the air. Too cute.

Newborn kale is pretty cute, too, but we’ll have to wait until I can do a feature on herb babies of the outdoor garden in May!

How about you? Do you have a favorite baby herb seedling? Leave a message in the comments.

8 thoughts on “Who is the cutest baby herb seedling in my herb garden?

  1. I also love nasturtiums! I tried them indoors a few years ago, but didn’t get them past a few inches. Do you actually grow them all the way to bloom in the house, or are you moving them outdoors?

    1. Oh good point! I never tried to grow nasturtiums inside before. I will try to keep this one in the window – as long as we get some leaves we can chop them into salads – and will plant about 50 seeds outside…because animals eat a bunch of them on me. They can take a long time to bloom & need lots of sun.

      1. Even with a lot of sun, mine just became spindly outdoors. With an outdoor space, in the past, I had very good luck with growing them to bloom. So pretty!

      2. Oh I can imagine. Nasturtiums can get pretty spindly. That’s a fair way to describe it.
        Good luck this year, if you decide to plant them.

  2. I’m with you. Nasturtiums are the cutest. That thought occurred to me even before I saw what you had picked.

    I have never seen or heard of purple tomatiolls. I love purple things.💜

    1. We think alike!

      I was excited to stumble on the purple tomatillo seeds. The seedling is doing really well. Now, I have to learn to make something with them besides salsa!

      1. Cool. Looking forward to your ideas. In the past, I have seasoned them with my Italian Spice Mix, a bit of sea salt and olive oil. Then roasted them in the oven. I put a bit of mozzarella and basil on top after they come out of the oven. Makes a Keto Friendly appertizer. Would be even prettier with the purple ones.

      2. Yum yum yum! Love that idea!

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