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Herbs• Annuals- Basil and cilantro• Perennials- chives, mint, parsley, sage, tarragon,thyme• Shrub type perennials- Lavender, rosemary
Generalizations• Cheap seed• Usually have minimal insect and disease issues• Do not require high temperatures to grow• Do well in potted plants• Need well drained soil
Healthy livin’ with herbs• A healthy way to add flavor to our food!• Much better than adding salt and fat• Many beneficial health effects
Healthy livin’ with herbs• Basil- Basil herb contains exceptionally high levels of beta-carotene, vitamin A, cryptoxanthin, lutein andzea-xanthin• Chives- Chives are very low in calories; 100 g of fresh leaves provide just30 calories. Nonetheless, they contain many noteworthy flavonoid anti-oxidants, plant fiber, minerals, and vitamins that have proven healthbenefits.• Cilantro- contains no cholesterol; however, it is rich in antioxidants,essential oils, vitamins, and dietary fiber, which help reduce LDL or "badcholesterol" while increasing HDL or "good cholesterol" levels.• Rosemary- The herb parts, especially flower tops contain phenolic anti-oxidant rosmarinic acid as well as numerous health benefiting volatileessential oils. These compounds are known to have anti-inflammatory,anti-allergic, anti-fungal and anti-septic properties.
Potted vs. GardenWant them close to the housefor cookingSome not winter hardy, better ina pot.
General tips for growing herbs• Start with good plants, free of disease and insects• Understand the growth pattern of your herb• Create ideal soil conditions for your herb ie-rosemary can handle hot, dry and alkaline soilsbetter.
Planting• Follow guide to choose seed or cuttings. IE- Thyme,rosemary, mint and sage best propagated withcuttings.• Plant seeds in trays with good clean potting mix• Don’t let soil dry out too much
Watering• Usually plenty of water here in T-County• Plant in well drained soil• Herbs don’t like wet feet!
Further resources• NCSU’s herb page• NC herb’s page• Herbs for the home gardener• Purdue University’s herb advice