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Know your herbs

April 23, 2008

Here are a few things you should know about planting five common herbs, courtesy of the Maryland Cooperative Extension.

Basil

· Likes hot, dry conditions and is sensitive to cold

· Grows 1 to 2 feet tall

· Likes 6 to 8 hours of sunshine a day

· Requires soil pH of 6 to 7.5

Dill

· Needs full sunshine

· Requires 12 to 18 inches of water during growing season

· Grows 1 to 2 feet tall

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· If growing in containers, use a deep container to accommodate long roots

· Will grow in acidic, neutral or basic soil

Sage

· Grows best in a warm climate

· Tolerates drought and poor soil fertility

· Likes a soil pH of around 6.4

· Grows to 2 feet tall, with an 18-inch spread

Rosemary

· Grows in well-drained, sandy soil

· Requires at least 6 hours of sun daily

· Develops trusses of blue, pink or white flowers in spring and summer

· Needs good air circulation and protection from wind

Thyme

· Likes full sun

· Doesn't need a lot of water

· Prefers neutral or alkaline media

· Grows to 8 inches tall

On the Web

Find herb and gardening tips at http://environmentalhorticulture.umd.edu.

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