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Thyme to plant!

May 7, 2012 - Taste Buds
The Buds are excited. Warm weather means garden season is just around the corner. We like to wait until Memorial Day weekend to plant, just to be safe from the last frost of the season. While we enjoy the look of full, colorful flower gardens, the Bud prefer something else. Edible herb gardens! Yum!

Herbs grow very well in containers. Make sure you pick out containers with holes at the bottom so water can drain out. You don't want to drench your herbs! There are also self-watering containers, which the Buds have never personally tried. Just be sure if you get one of those to put in it an herb that requires constant moisture. Some like moisture but some like to dry out between waterings.

Pick a nice sunny spot to put your herb garden. Most of them require at least six hours of sunlight a day. Also, use a good soil for your herbs, since you'll be eating the plants. And you might be used to tossing Miracle Gro on your flower garden, but refrain from using it on your herbs. They don't need it (or necessarily like it) and the fertilizer may alter taste. One great thing about growing herbs is that it really is a fantastic "lazy man's project" because many herbs thrive on neglect. Sounds perfectly for the busy Buds!

Did you know you can plant more than one herb per container? If you're trying to save money on containers, plant several herbs in one pot. Just make sure you group together herbs with similar watering requirements. Do a little research to find out which herbs have similar needs. However, you will see that herbs really are not very fussy, so you will have more flexibility with the container groupings than you might think. One note: leave basil by itself, uncrowded. Harvest your herbs by pinching them back so they continue to grow nice and bushy.

What should you plant? Well, that is entirely up to you! The Buds favor basil, parsley, oregano and rosemary, just to pick a few. But don't wait for us to give you the green light -- start planning your herb garden now and you'll have tasty seasonings for your favorite meals all summer long!


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