Herb Gardening 101

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Herb Gardening 101

An herb garden may be a good option if:

 

you have limited space

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

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

- 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 popular herbs:

Basil: these annuals will need to be replanted each year.

Chives: Established clumps can be divided and transplanted.

Dill: Another annual, dill has feathery pale green leaves and pale yellow flowers.

Lavender: Has grayish foliage and fragrant lavender flowers.

Mint: Is probably the easiest herb to grow in almost any climate.

Sage: Another hardy perennial with beautiful foliage and blue flowers.

Thyme: Cut for drying before blossoms open (otherwise the flavor is changed).

The picture above is one of my gardens.  We actually do herb gardening in pots, and then dehydrate them in a dehydrator.  The color stays green and you have fresh herbs all year long.  When using dried herbs, measure what you need and place in the palm of your hand. Take your thumb and rub into the herbs to release the aroma and oils. It's a beautiful thing!