Archive | May 2, 2017

Gardening Tips & Techniques for Herbs

Reposted with permission of the National Garden Bureau:


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Grow Your Own Herbs!

Herbs are any plants used for food, flavoring, medicine, or fragrances for their savory or aromatic qualities. We often refer to herbs as a gateway to gardening because of how easy most of them are to grow. So new gardeners can take delight in growing their first parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme! Experienced gardeners too may need a helpful tip now and then. Browse below on the herb of your choice then click through to read more. Follow our Pinterest board on herbs for even more useful ideas!

Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is a culinary herb of the family Lamiaceae. It is also called the “king of herbs” and the “royal herb” possibly because of the name’s meaning in Greek. Read more about growing basil.
Dill (Anethum graveolens), a member of the carrot family, and is valued both for its flavorful foliage and for its pungent seeds. As annuals, dill plants die each year, but their seeds can winter over in the soil to pop up the following year. Read more.
Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) come in several forms, but the most common one has roundish leaves that are used for their onion-like flavor. This perennial member of the onion family is hardy in Zones 3-10. Read more about chives here. 
Oregano (Origanum vulgare) and its cultivars are the most familiar forms of oregano. This is a perennial hardy to Zone 5 and blooms with rose, purple or white flowers making it usable as a groundcover. Read more.