Herb Gardening 101

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Herb Gardening 101

An herb garden may be a good option if any of the following apply to you:

l you have limited space

l you don’t have a lot of time to devote to gardening

l you’re unable, for physical reasons, to spend a lot of time on your hands and knees

l your garden conditions are less than ideal: poor soil, bad drainage, too much shade or sun (this would require the use of a container garden)

 

Some of the more popular and easy to grow herbs are listed below along with information about each.  I've successfully grown all of the herbs listed below and I'm no green thumb.  Pretty containers on a porch or patio help to bright up your space while providing herbs to cook with, win win! 

Basil: An annual plant, these will need to be replanted each year.

Chives: This perennial is easy to grow from seed.

Dill: The seeds as well as leaves are used for flavoring food.

Lavender: This hardy perennial has grayish foliage and fragrant lavender flowers.

Mint: A hardy perennial, mint is probably the easiest herb to grow in almost any climate.

Sage: This herb is another hardy perennial with beautiful foliage and blue flowers.

Thyme: Leaves are cut for drying before purple blossoms open (otherwise the flavor is changed).

Good luck!