Did you know herbs like basil, coriander and garlic are super helpful in gardens? For example, Garlic and Coriander can help repel aphids and spider mites. Keep in mind though that, dill on the other hand can attract tomato hornworm, so try planting dill and tomatoes at opposite ends of the garden. 🙂
Although herbs are pretty low maintenance, here's a few tricks to keeping your herbs happy. Happy herbs = more production = more harvest-able treats for you!
For starters, always aim to leave at least three-quarters of your herb plant intact. This ensures that your herb has enough leaves to photosynthesize, keeping it healthy and growing.
For best the results (and flavor), try harvesting your herbs in the early morning, right after the dew fades, but before the heat of the day evaporates the aromatic oils of your plants. What a great way to start your day – grab a coffee and pick your home-grown, fresh herbs as you enjoy a beautiful sunrise. Perfection!
Broadly speaking, herbs are grown for either their leaves, their flowers, or their seeds.
Herbs that are grown for their leaves – thyme, sage, and chives, for example – should be harvested before their plants flower. If you wait until after flowering begins, the leaves can turn a little bitter.
On the other hand, herbs that are grown specifically for their flowers – chamomile and lavender, for example – have their highest oil concentration and flavor when picked just before or immediately after their flowers open.
Herbs that are grown for their seeds – dill or fennel, for example – should be harvested after the seeds mature and dry on the plant; when the seeds have turned a dark brown, they’re ready to collect.
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