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Passion for growing plants

   Jun 21

Happy Midsummer’s Eve! Or, growing Herbs from the Grocery Store

I’m sure plenty of people are buying those little pots of herbs from the store today, or have already done so. Maybe you have bought chives. Don’t toss them out, they are easy to grow!
Many garden writers recommend you to go to a garden centre and get some properly grown herbs, and that is generally great advice. There you can buy sturdier herbs and get a named variety. However, if you’re like me and don’t have a car, and are dependent on public transportation that take ages to get to the garden centre, well then I have good news for you.

You can absolutely grow those sad-looking herbs from the grocery store into big and lush plants! Not only are they cheaper most of the time, nine times out of ten they are also organically grown. Just make sure you select the healthiest-looking ones and go right home and give them a bigger pot and some nice soil. Put them in the shade for a week or so and gradually move them into as much sun as you can give them.

You can do this to most potted herbs; the ones I have tried are chives, basil, thyme, lemon balm, parsley and mint. They can even be cut down to the last leaf and come to life again within a month. Most of the herbs are also perennials, which means that you can have a big pot of home-grown herbs next year!

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