FRESH TASTES BEST Grow an Herb Gar­den

These ver­sa­tile va­ri­eties are easy to grow and add a pop of f la­vor to al­most any­thing.

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Chives

Stir chopped chives into sauces and soups; whip with but­ter, cream cheese and dips; or sprin­kle on pota­toes and omelets. Chives taste like slightly sweet, mild onions. They can grow 10 to 15 inches high and have bright blos­soms and leaves.

Basil

The ul­ti­mate boost for pasta sauces, this herb comes in more than 30 kinds— but sweet basil is the most com­mon. Space plants about a foot apart; they’ll grow

1 to 2 feet high. Pinch off grow­ing tips and blooms as they be­gin to ap­pear.

Sage

This fuzzy tex­tured herb adds bright fla­vor to pasta, meats and breads

(or you can lightly fry it in a skil­let for a fun soup fin­ish). It can grow up to 2½ feet tall and wide, so if you’re pinched for space, one plant should yield plenty.

Rose­mary

This aro­matic herb is a pow­er­ful an­tiox­i­dant that can re­duce the risk of can­cer, heart at­tacks and strokes.

It’s also re­ally de­li­cious when roasted with chicken, fish, pork, pota­toes and more. Rose­mary plants will grow up to 3 feet high.

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