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I love spring! It’s a great time to create delicious meals with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Of course, no meal would be complete without zesty garden fresh herbs.
For those of you who are considering starting an herb garden at home, here are some tips for growing a successful herb garden:
• Watch out for cold weather: Spring can be deceiving. While there are often weeks with warm temperatures during the spring don’t forget that freezing temperatures might be around the corner. Freezing or cold temperatures can result in stunning your fresh herbs. If you want to get a head start, you can begin by preparing an indoor planter. Separate the plants into smaller bunches, especially basil and prepare a small herb garden.
• Pick a sunny location: Herbs require sun and moisture, however; too much sun can scorch plants. Make sure to avoid areas that are in direct sunlight all day, especially in the middle of the summer.
• Protect plants from wildlife: I live in the foothills of Denver. Rabbits, deer and other critters love herbs. To prevent animals from getting into my herb garden, I have set up a large elevated planter box with a wire mesh perimeter.
• Allow for space: Be careful of over crowding the planter. Give the herbs plenty of space to grow.
• Harvest frequently: Herbs love to grow and the more you harvest, the better they will grow.
For those of you who don’t have the time or the space to grow your own fresh herbs, check out farmers markets in your area. When purchasing fresh herbs I always recommend that you ask where the herbs were grown and when they were picked. And always make sure they are organic?
Looking for ways to enjoy the flavor of fresh grown herbs? If so try my new, Spring Basil Soup!
Enjoy the flavors of Spring!