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Herb Gardening 101

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

If slaving over a big garden just isn't your idea of how to spend a summer, perhaps herb gardening is more your speed. Herb gardening is a wonderful hobby that gives you the opportunity to use your yield to season your favorite summertime recipes.
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Herb gardening is the perfect project for you if you're a new gardener or just don't have the time and energy to devote to a full time garden. Herb gardening supplies are fairly inexpensive and everything you need to start your own herb garden can be found at your local home and garden center. There are several types of herbs that you can begin your gardening project with. Here are a few of the more popular herbs that gardeners are using.
  • Sweet Basil. This reddish herb is grown best in mid-May and can reach heights of 18 inches. This herb goes perfect in salads and tastes excellent when used to season your favorite tomato dishes.
  • Borage. The leaves of this popular herb range from pinkish to blue. Borage is an annual that also should be planted in May. This is a delicate herb that really colors and flavors a spring salad mix.
  • Thyme. Thyme is a shrubbery like herb that has leaves that are cut and dried before using. This herb grows very slowly and can reach heights of up to 12 inches. Thyme is perfect for soups and for poultry dressings.
  • Sage. Sage features bluish leaves that are known for their color and texture. Sage can grow to a height of two feet and should be grown with plenty of space. This is the perfect herb for flavoring dressings and meats.
  • Sesame. Sesame is an herb noted by its white leaves and pinkish leaves. This is a warm temperature herb that should be planted in the late of May. Sesame seeds are perfect for flavoring breads, crackers, and bagels.

Herb gardening is a great way to enjoy the benefits of a garden without so much work and waiting. And you can use the yield of your herb garden in your healthy meals.

About the Author
Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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