Creating Your Own Herb Garden

July 9, 2011 (CHICAGO)

Benjamin Carroll with the Chicago Botanic Garden (www.chicagobotanic.org) 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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