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If you are interested in growing an herb garden but you are limited on space you may want to consider a Barrel Herb Garden. This is an easy way to grow your herbs together and takes up limited room. It would fit nicely on a deck or patio. This would make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift idea!
Barrel Herb Garden:
Be sure to drill holes in the bottom of the barrel so that you allow for drainage. It is best to layer in rocks and soil before placing in your herbs. Choose herbs that grow well together. I love to plant the herbs that I use most often so that I can have them fresh from the garden all summer long.
When growing Basil be sure to pinch it back. You do not want flowering or buds. To dry hang your basil. When you pick your basil (or any herb) it best in the early morning and pick no more than 1/3 of your plant. Lemon Basil makes a nice tea. A tip is to plant your basil with your tomatoes. They do very well together. A variety that was recommended was Italian Flat Leaf and Lemon Basil.
There are many varieties of Oregano. Greek Oregano has a stronger flavor. We learned that Dill is a volunteer plant. It will return the next year without being planted from the seeds that fell from the year before. Also, butterflies like Dill plants. Plant them if you want butterflies!
Calendula likes cool weather. Cilantro is full sun plant. Pick and put in a vase in the refrigerator with a bag over it or roll it in a damp paper towel in a plastic bag in your crisper drawer. Mint will “run” if you don’t pot it. Peppermint makes a good tea.
It is very difficult to winterize your herbs when you live in a climate that is not sunny year round. They did suggest potting your herbs but in the summer to carry your pots to your actual garden so they could enjoy the climate of your garden. Except your basil which you should plant with your tomatoes.
I love making this Gluten Free Rosemary Shortbread with fresh Rosemary from my herb garden.
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