Creating Your Own Herb Garden

July 9, 2011 5:14:01 AM PDT
Fresh herbs are a great way to add flavor to your cooking and are easy to grow when you follow a few simple guidelines.

Benjamin Carroll with the Chicago Botanic Garden ( was in our ABC7 studio to show us how to do that.

Tips for Growing Herbs

- Create a free draining soil by mixing gravel with your potting mix at a rate of 1:1.
- Mediterranean herbs like Rosemary, Thyme, Lavender and Oregano prefer full sun.
- Do not feed or water in excess. Herbs develop a more intense flavor when grown in lean conditions.
- Harvesting will encourage fresh growth and a bushier plant.
- Preserve extra herbs for later use by drying or freezing.
- Mix them with other annuals.

Tips for Summer Containers

- Water generously; one deep watering is much better than several shallow waterings.
- Apply water directly at the soil surface.
- Feed regularly throughout the entire growing season or use slow release fertilizer.
- Remove all flowers that have been pollinated to encourage new blooms.
- Remove plants that do not look happy and fill the gap with a fresh new plant.
- Going out of town? Have a friend check your container for watering on occasion.

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