Ten Easy Tips
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- Use Organic Fertilizer and avoid fertilizing during the initial planting phase. Herbs require little fertilizer if you have prepared your soil prior to planting.
- For an interesting border of trouble free flowering herbs, plant Chives, or even more beautiful, Garlic Chives. Chives have lavender "flower balls" and Garlic Chives have delicate white flowers. Both are edible and will return the following year. For edible flowers, grow your own! Grow Garlic. In the fall, buy garlic from the supermarket or vegetable stand, separate the cloves, and plant in the sun. Harvest time will provide as many Garlic Bulbs as the number of matured cloves planted.
- Elephant Garlic is not as flavorful as regular garlic, but makes a spectacular ball of flowers, and is much less expensive than the pricey Flowering Alliums.
- First time gardeners should grow the "easy" herbs. Chives, Parsley, Mint, French Tarragon, Dill, Fennel, Sage, Thyme, Lemon Balm, Oregano and Lavender. For maximum sun, grow in Containers and move the containers to follow the sun.
- Marjoram and Oregano have similar culinary use, but Marjoram is more difficult to grow and is considered to be tender. Plant Oregano for your Italian flavored herb choice.
- Grow herbs in different areas of your yard. In the fall, consolidate and move plants to the best locations for the best growing. Move them before the first frost.
- For a collection of highly aromatic flowering herbs, plant Scented Geraniums. There are dozens of scents to choose from, but remember to move them indoors before winter because they are very tender.
- For Bonsai fans, the following will make stunning specimens: Oregano, Lavender, Rosemary, Sontolina, and Hyssop. Herbs which develop "woody" stems are easily shaped. All of the above herbs flower, although Lavender is the most highly scented.
- Edible flowers must be grown in pesticide free areas. Resist harvesting food crops from roadside areas or other questionable growing spaces.
- For good air circulation in your yard, turn your herbs into miniature trees. Prune lower leaves to prevent plant problems associated with foliage too close to the ground.