Plant decorated pots of herbs

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HERBS are scented plants whose leaves are har­vested for use for both culi­nary and medic­i­nal pur­poses. Herbs not only smell great they have healing prop­er­ties and can tran­sform the taste of food.

They are also fun and easy to grow. What you need: pots (plas­tic or clay) pot­ting mix seedlings (or seeds) wa­ter How to:

Fill each pot with pot­ting mix.

Make a well in the pot­ting mix as deep as your seedling.

Tap the bot­tom of the con­tainer to loosen the roots and gen­tly prise the seedling from its con­tainer.

Plant into your pot, mak­ing sure the new soil stays level with the soil the seedling is planted in.

Press down firmly around the plant to com­pact the soil a lit­tle.

Give them a good wa­ter­ing to help them set­tle into their new soil.

Herbs need plenty of sun to thrive so make sure you choose a sunny spot for them. Tip: Herbs re­quire mod­er­ate and reg­u­lar wa­ter­ing, par­tic­u­larly dur­ing the hot sum­mer months. Be sure to cut back herbs be­fore they start grow­ing flow­ers. This en­cour­ages the plant to fo­cus on grow­ing more leaves. Sug­gested herbs to grow: basil chives co­rian­der rose­mary pars­ley laven­der mint dill sage oregano

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