John Coykendall of Blackberry Farm gives us his top picks—and shares the most common herb-gardening mistake.
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Herb gardening is a popular pursuit. Many gardeners and cooks have at least a few pots of herbs sitting around. What if this year, you plant a portion of the veggie garden, a new landscape bed, or several large containers with herbs?
Herbs add flavor and spice, pun intended, to our kitchens and gardens. They have many uses from the well known seasoning to infused vinegar for salads and household cleaning to tinctures and homemade incense. Some even attract butterflies. Planting and growing herbs is satisfying and productive.
The procedure for growing herbs is akin to growing vegetables. Wherever there are six to eight hours of sun and a source of water, herb gardens can be installed. For container gardens, just about any container can be used to grow herbs if it has drainage, let your imagination go. The soil should be fresh and clean and well drained. A 40-pound bag of potting soil is a quick way to set up a garden Just cut a few holes in the bottom and the bag will grow an herb garden. One full of fennel, parsley, and garlic chives is as useful to butterflies as it is to your kitchen.
For in-ground gardens, full sun and good drainage are best. The garden can be set up in traditional garden rows or employ a more intricate planting scheme such a complex herb knot garden. Check out the Herb Society of America and the University of Florida’s gardening page on herbs for more information.
Here are a few tips, tricks, and ideas about individual herbs and growing herbs to get