Herbs - Knowledgebase Question

Dorchester, Ma
Question by Jiggijac
May 4, 2009
I would like to start a small herb garden in my back yard - like parsley, tyme, basil, etc. Do I buy the potted herbs and just plant them in a separate area? Also, are they perennial


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Answer from NGA
May 4, 2009

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You can grow herbs in a garden plot all of their own or intermingle them with flowers or vegetables. Most herbs like full sunshine. I like to grow mine in pots so I can keep them in a sunny area near my kitchen door. This makes it very convenient when I want to snip off a few leaves for cooking. Some herbs are annuals and some are perennials. Parsley is technically a biennial but I've always found that the second year (if it survives the winter) that it will bolt to seed very quickly in the garden. To avoid this, start fresh plants every year. Hope this answers all your questions. Best wishes with your herb garden.

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