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It’s Time to Plant Your Own Herbs

Two types of sage grow in Carol Fenster's herb garden.

Two types of sage grow in Carol Fenster’s herb garden.

Some of us have had a really tough winter! Here in Denver, we had months of bitter cold, followed by unseasonably warm and dry days. Still, we can’t plant flowers and herbs until the danger of frost is over…and experts say that date is Mother’s Day. So, it’s time to plant herbs!!!

Some herbs are perennial and return every year, such as chives and sage, and mine are already 12-inches tall. But annual herbs such as basil, mint, and parsley must be replanted each year. Surprisingly, one of my thyme plants returned on its own this year, so I’ve been enjoying little sprigs since March.

Fresh Herbs are One of Life’s Joys!

You all know that I love my herb garden. To me, gathering fresh herbs and using them in cooking is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Herbs lend flavor and aroma to our gluten-free cooking and make a simple dish come alive with added pizzazz, plus many of them are just plain good for us. I use herbs in everything: rosemary sprinkled on potatoes, basil in homemade pesto, mint in Mojitos, dill in potato salad and homemade pickles, oregano and marjoram in Mexican stews, parsley in Chimichurri, chives in chive oil…the list goes on.

It is really rewarding to snip fresh rosemary or fresh basil or any of the other wonderful herbs and then cook with them immediately, without having to run to the store. And, it’s much less expensive. So, start planning which herbs you want to plant; choose the pots, get the potting soil, and decide on a good location. Then wait until the danger of frost is over before you buy and plant the herbs.  Then enjoy! You will thank yourself throughout the summer!

Tips for Growing Your Own Herbs

Here are some tips to make the most of your herbs:

[1] Buy healthy plants. Look for the healthiest plants you can find with no signs of disease or blemish. Plant them soon after getting them home; I’ve had herbs die while waiting to plant them. What a waste!

[2] Choose a good location. My herbs prefer a patio on the northeast side of my house that gets mild morning sun, but is shaded from the harsh afternoon sun. You might experiment with different locations to see where your herbs grow best.  I grow them in big pots rather than in the ground so the rabbits can’t eat them, or  put them in your garden plot if you have one.

[3] Give herbs lots of TLC. Although most herbs are fairly forgiving for those who are green thumb-challenged, be sure to plant them in good potting soil and water them as directed. Some need lots of water; others don’t. Follow the instructions that come with the plant. If they start to flower at the top of the stem (called bolting), pinch the flower buds off right away or else the flavors may diminish and the plants may produce fewer leaves.

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