Herb Gardens

Herb Gardens are becoming more popular as people realize how many uses there are for these small treasures. There are annual herbs for cooking such as: basil, dill, & savory and perennial herbs such as mint, rosemary, thyme, & tarragon. Herbs such as lemon verbena & lavender are great for potpourri, while mint, chamomile, hibiscus, & lemon verbena can make marvelous teas. Herbs can be planted outside in spring when the danger of frost has passed or even better, you can plant herbs in a sunny area in any part of your apartment or house. Having the herbs in small pots rather than planted outside has the added benefit of allowing you to move them around as the seasons change. Herbs need at least 4 hours of direct sun a day so a north-facing window just isn’t enough. You may have to invest in some grow lights to get enough intensity during the winter. Use a high- grade soil with some sharp sand or perlite added to provide good drainage. Fertilize with fish emulsion or a liquid plant food weekly when the plant is actively growing. Pests can be a problem. If any appear spray the plant with insecticidal soap weekly for 3 or 4 weeks.