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Growing herbs

April 1, 2009 | Filed under About herbs

Fresh green herbs add that special flavour to many savoury dishes or  can be used as a garnish.

Most commonly used herbs can be easily grown in small spaces.  They can be grown indoors in pots on window sills or outside in pots or garden beds.

You can buy seeds or small plants from your local garden centre  or supermarket.

If you are starting out, try parsley, thyme, basil and marjoram (also known as oregano).  Parsley and basil are annuals – that is you need to get new plants every year.  Thyme and marjoram are perennials and will last several years.

Marjoram spreads a lot so give it plenty of room in the garden or contain it in a pot.

Mint is another useful herb and it lasts forever.  It spreads by underground roots that are hard to eradicate so if you don’t have much room it’s best in a pot.

Rosemary is a small shrub and needs a good sized pot or a good bit of room in the garden.

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