Hobby Farms

Know Your Herbs

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While most herbs share a common love for well-drained soil and full sun, they have varying preference­s and requiremen­ts. Below is a list of common herbs along with brief growing notes that may prove helpful when planting.

BASIL: rich, well-drained soil; full sun BEE BALM: average, well-drained soil; full sun BORAGE: less fertile, dry soil; full sun CALENDULA: rich, well-drained loam; full sun CHAMOMILE: well-drained, moist soil; full sun to part shade CILANTRO: well-drained, fairly rich soil; full sun

COMFREY: average soil; full sun ECHINACEA: average, well-drained soil, only water during severe drought; full sun HYSSOP: ordinary soil (rich soil will produce luxurious growth, but less flavor and aroma); partial shade NASTURTIUM: ordinary garden soil; rich soils makes for few blooms; full sun or partial shade LAVENDER: dry, well-drained soil; full sun LOVAGE: rich, well-drained soil; full sun to part shade MINT: moist, rich, well-drained soil; prefers partial shade but will grow in full sun OREGANO: dry, well-drained, alkaline soil, not too rich; full sun PARSLEY: moderately rich, well-drained soil; full sun to partial shade PINEAPPLE SAGE: light, sandy, well-drained soil; full sun ROSEMARY: alkaline, well-drained soil; full sun to partial shade SAGE: light, sandy, well-drained soil; full sun to light shade SUMMER SAVORY: dry, sandy soil, with added organic matter; full sun THYME: poor, well-drained, rocky, alkaline soil; full sun (rich soil makes less flavorful leaves) YARROW: average, well-drained soil; tolerates poor soil and drought; full sun – Jan Berry

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