Lawn and Garden
A BLURB FOR HERBS
With the approach of the harvest season many tried and true family recipes will be utilized for holiday celebrations. Having fresh, easy to grow herbs on hand can save you money so you have more to spend on other items. As with our vegetables and weeds in the garden in North Florida, there are herbs suited to grow in the cool season and others for the warm season. Half the battle is knowing which herbs to grow when. Besides warm and cool season herbs you also need to differentiate between which are annuals and perennials. This will help you to decide where to place plants for the perennial ones will remain in the same spot for several seasons and get large, while annual herbs will be removed more frequently. Some common annual cool season herbs include; dill, cilantro, borage and coriander. These herbs can be set out in October and they will remain productive until about May, at which time high temperatures will send them into decline. Most herbs grown here are perennial, living for more than one year, so they will require more space in the garden. A perennial plant will also benefit from soil improvement before being planted for it will be in the same spot for a period of years. An advantage to living in the Deep South is that we can grow some herbs that are tropical in nature like tumeric, ginger and Vietnamese coriander. As with any production garden, your herb plants will require regular irrigation and monthly fertilization to keep they vigorously growing. Pruning will affect production for it can stimulate a fuller canopy and more stems which will yield more flowers. Regular cultivation and mulching will help to keep production up.