Garden: Building a herb garden | Waco today


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If you are placing it in the herb bed, be sure to place it on the north side so that it does not shade other plants. It can easily grow to 3 feet tall and wide. Just cut it to the size and shape you find most attractive.

Around Christmas, you can buy rosemary cut into the shape of a Christmas tree. If you keep it trimmed, it will continue to have this shape as it grows larger and larger.

Roses: Speaking of large grasses, you can plant varieties of roses that produce rose hips in the back of your herb bed. The rose leaves are edible, while the hips are rich in vitamin C.

Make sure you don’t spray pesticides on roses that you want to use for culinary purposes. Ask your nurseryman for a good choice. The scientific name is Rosa Rugosa.

In case you were wondering what rose hips are, these are the pods left behind when the rose drops its flowers. These will be easy to spot, as they are usually reddish orange and quite decorative on their own.

As with all herbs, don’t use them medicinally until you’ve asked your doctor and done extensive research online.

Of course, not all of the herbs you can grow here. A trip to your nursery will yield even more fascinating varieties. Get to know this wonderful group of fragrant plants. An herb garden can be a joy and bring beauty for years to come, with very little care on your part.

Melody Fitzgerald is a McLennan County master gardener who has spent over 35 years tackling the challenges of central Texas gardening.

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Terri S. Tomasini