Thursday, June 2, 2011

Plant a Delicious Herb

Plant a Delicious Herb Garden
Imagine reaching out your kitchen door and picking home-grown herbs for your salad or main course. Fresh herbs add great flavor to the meal. Besides, their fragrance and beauty enhance any garden. Plant one anywhere � in the ground or in containers.

What You'll Need:
Miracle-Gro® Garden Soil for Flowers & Vegetables
Miracle-Gro® LiquaFeed® All Purpose Plant Feeding System
Trowel or shovel
Project Steps
Choose What You Want to Grow, and Where
Find a spot that gets at least four to six hours of sunlight a day, then decide what herbs you want. If your area is sunny, then basil, chives, cilantro, dill, oregano, parsley, and rosemary are good candidates. If you only have partial sun, go with herbs such as bee balm, lemon balm, catnip, and mint.

Prepare Your Soil
It's always a good idea to mix in nutrient-rich organic material to your soil, such as Miracle-Gro® Garden Soil for Flowers & Vegetables. This will give your herbs a good start as they get established.

Plant Your Herbs
Check the instructions on your herbs to see how they should be spaced. To avoid shocking your herbs, plant them in the early morning. First, dig out a hole that is about twice as wide as your plant's root ball. Gently place your plant in the hole, then backfill. That's all there is to it.

Maintaining Your Herb Garden
Only harvest less than a third of the plant at a time. Otherwise, it will have trouble growing back. For fuller foliage, pinch off the top of the plant in early summer.

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