Dan’s Garden: herb garden

This week, Dan Cashman of Cashman Nursery and Landscaping shows us how to grow herbs.

It’s a nice peaceful day here in the garden with all the plants around.

And of course I’m sitting on our raised gardens here that we built years ago. When you get a bit older, it’s good to have raised beds because it makes it easier to fertilize and trim everything, especially grasses, and that’s what I want to talk about today.

We have many kinds of herbs here and many of these plants repel certain insects that would bother your other plants in the garden. And of course, some like lavender are good to use with your tea. There is oregano, thyme and rosemary; wonderful herbs that are great things to use when cooking. If you buy them from a grocery store, some of these things are quite expensive and you can grow your own, it’s very easy.

So consider planting an herb garden; it’s very little work, very little maintenance. They must be covered for the winter with leaves or straw to protect them in case the winter is harsh.

The peonies are about to bloom and they are coming any day now. They will start with lots of flowers. But our plant of the week is Drop More Honeysuckle Vine. He is a native of Manitoba, south of Winnipeg. It’s a very hearty vine, they have trumpet-shaped flowers that are orange, and they’re very fragrant, and they attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

Next week we’ll talk about which Japanese lilacs will bloom.

So see you next week, happy gardening.

Terri S. Tomasini