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Monday, June 18, 2007

Herb Growing Ideas

  • At the end of the season, let your herbs remain in the garden. Many, such as borage, chervil, dill and summer savory will self sow the next season.
  • Fill out your basil plantings by taking multiple cuttings from a single plant and rooting them in water. Take 6 inch cuttings, remove the lower stems and place in warm water in a small-neck bottle that keeps the plant upright. In a few weeks you'll have rooted cuttings to go in the garden.
  • Give perennial herbs a hard pruning in early spring to encourage bushy plants. Cutting back to 1/3 original size is a good guide. Tarragon especially needs pruning to avoid spindly growth.
  • Mulch herbs with sand to prevent weds and keep soil from splashing on the leaves when it rains. Sand also reflects sunlight encouraging lower leaf growth.