Many herbs are annuals and have shallow roots, while others are perennials. A few grow in beautiful bushes, and if you have room, pluck your herbs from a tree.
Try to develop these favorites:
Annuals: Basil, parsley, cilantro (full sun, grows like an annual)
Perennials: Mint, thyme, sage, oregano
Ornamental bush: Rosemary (can be grown in pots)
Tree: Bay laurel (can be grown in pots)
Unless it’s mint – which prefers partial shade – herbs need sun, well-draining soil, or potting soil and water, especially when it’s hot and dry. .
Don’t add too much compost as this will speed up growth and encourage plants to go to seed and sow, and you will lose flavor. Some Mediterranean plants, like rosemary and sage, actually thrive in poor quality soils.
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