Georgia Magazine - March 2023 - 34

GEORGIA Gardens
By Pamela A. Keene
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Supplement your seasonings with a kitchen garden
A
s tiny green sprouts begin to appear on plants after a long,
cold winter, many people's thoughts turn to spring
gardening. It's also time to think about cultivating herbs,
such as basil, parsley, sage, thyme, rosemary and chives.
" Herbs are easy to grow, even for beginner gardeners, and they
can add fresh flavors for cooking, " says Diane Korzeniewski, a Hall
County Master Gardener who frequently teaches classes about growing
and using herbs. " Whether you start them from seeds or purchase
seedlings from a local nursery or [big-] box retailer, growing herbs can
be fun and rewarding. They can be soft-stemmed annuals, like basil
and dill, or perennials, such as oregano and thyme. Some are sourced
from shrubs, such as rosemary and lavender. "
Fresh herbs for your kitchen
If your objective is growing fresh, seasonal herbs that you can
access easily, consider growing them in containers. Select a spot on
your deck or patio that receives five to six hours of sunshine. Fill
containers with a good commercial potting soil that drains well.
" Combine various types of seedlings in larger pots to minimize the
amount of space needed, or group pots of different sizes and heights, "
she says. " They can make a beautiful display when you mix taller herbs
like basil with lower-growing thyme and a few parsley plants. Plus,
you'll have three of the most popular herbs right at your fingertips. "
Thoroughly water the new plantings in the mornings to avoid leaf
burn caused by hotter afternoon sun, and check the soil regularly to
ensure that the plants don't dry out.
To grow herbs year-round, set aside a sunny place in your garden
and choose a combination of annual, perennial and woody specimens.
" Raised beds work extremely well for season-to-season cultivation, "
Korzeniewski says. " With our Georgia clay, you'll need to heavily
amend the beds with organic matter to provide additional nutrients
and encourage good drainage. "
Use one area for perennial herbs, such as rosemary or lavender,
that can overwinter but sometimes look messy and scraggly. To neaten
them up, prune right after flowering.
" Plant another section with annual varieties, " she says. " Remove
Basil 'Everleaf Emerald Towers' has been
bred to fl ower 10 to 12 weeks later than
standard basil varieties.
the spent plants after the growing season, adding more organic
material to the soil over the winter. This will give your annual herbs
a fresh start in the spring. "
Parsley, a biennial, produces leaves the first year and seeds the
second.
" It can self-seed and provide more seedlings that can be transplanted
for subsequent years. However, there's no harm in treating
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