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Thompson & Morgan®: Vegetable Growing Guide

Herbs

Set aside a bed in a sunny position near to the kitchen for this wonderful group of plants and you will enjoy not only their fragrance and beauty but also their culinary benefits.

Most herbs are best used fresh as garnishing, in stuffings and sauces, but the dried leaves are valuable also, while some are grown specifically for their seeds or for their aromatic quality.

In early spring prepare a fine tilth - see Sowing Outdoors - so that the hardy annual herbs can be sown as soon as the soil has warmed up to about 50F (10C). Sow the seed thinly in groups and cover with finely-sifted soil.

Hardy perennials may be sown at this time also or in the autumn, while half-hardy herbs should be sown in late spring after danger of frost has passed.






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