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GROWING HERBS IN THE SHADE

Harvests from a herb garden can certainly be a grand addition when cooking. Growing herb plants also adds color, form, foliage, and scent to the landscape.

The Mediterranean region, with its bright sun, is the natural habitat of many common herbs. So it's not surprising that most herbs grow best in a sunny, well-drained site with moderately fertile soil. But if you don't have a sunny, well-drained site, there's no need to give up on growing herbs. Rarely is a location so shady that nothing will grow in it.

Some herbs will tolerate shade or may actually prefer it during our hot, dry summers: parsley, mint and thyme are three examples. Herbs may grow taller with more open growth in a shady area, but that's not necessarily bad.

Remember that herb gardening is just gardening. If you want to try a particular herb, experiment with it in the location of your choice.

Denice Allen, Smith County Master Gardener
Texas AgriLife Extension Service


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