Do's and dont's for planting herbs

There are many varieties of mint—all fragrant, whether shiny or fuzzy, smooth or crinkled, bright green or variegated. As well as kitchen companions, mints are used as garden accents, ground covers, air fresheners, and herbal medicines. In fact, mint can be vigorous spreaders, so be careful where you plant it.

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1.DO Plant Like Herbs Together. Certain herbs grow better together. Herbs like basil, cilantro and parsley need more water compared to other herbs like rosemary, oregano, sage or thyme who prefer to have a drier soil.

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2 DON’T Plant Different Varieties of Mint Together. Mint plants including spearmint, peppermint, lemon mint and more like to spread their roots. Because of this, if you plant them together you will get a mix of flavors in the plants and sometimes they don’t taste right. If you want to plant multiple varieties of mint, make sure to use separate containers!

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3 DO Make Sure Your Herbs Get The Right Amount Of Sun. All herbs love the sun. Most herbs like at least 6 hours of direct sun light a day.

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4 DON’T Water Too Much (Or Not Enough). Herbs will thrive best with the correct amount of water. A good rule of thumb is if you put your finger into the soil and it’s just barely moist about 1″ down,

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5 DO Get A Pot(s) That Has Enough Room For Excess Water To Drain. Plants don’t want to sit in cold, wet soil. Make sure to get a pot that has a large drainage hole for the excess water to leave. You can also buy liners to put in your pots that help drain water as well.

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In general use a soil-based compost placed over a generous layer of drainage material such as earthenware crocks, pebbles or gravel. Water and feed regularly, especially while plants are bearing flowers and fruit, when a high-potash fertilizer is recommended.


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