I didn’t plan on growing an herb garden when I first began my gardening journey, but eventually I found myself growing nine different herbs. I had no idea the benefits of growing herbs would far exceed my main purpose: saving money.
Herbs are still my #1 crop to grow to save money at the grocery store. Have you looked at the prices of herbs recently? But if you grow your own, you get a seemingly endless supply for a fraction of the cost.
But the benefits of growing herbs go beyond cost. Nothing compares to the flavor — both when you eat them fresh or if you dry them on your own. And although I haven’t ventured into this area much, they also have numerous health and medicinal benefits.
In this two-part series on growing herbs, I go through the basics of nine herbs I grow: basil, dill, cilantro, parsley, rosemary, oregano, thyme, sage, and chives. In today’s episode I’ll tackle the first four, also known as the “annual” herbs in my area. These are the ones that don’t come back year after year. Today you’ll learn:
- which to start from seed and which to purchase as transplants
- the unique growth habits of basil
- what it means when basil sends flowers, and what to do about it
- how to let each plant produce their own seeds, so you’ll never have to buy them again
- a trick I use to ensure a basil harvest year after year with only 5 minutes of active work
- the difference between dill weed and dill seed
- why cilantro is so fussy and how to grow it
- the risk you take when planting parsley from seed
Click below to listen, and be sure and come back for part 2, in which I cover the perennial herbs.
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