Herb Garden Care
• Spring is the time to give herbs gardens a good cleanup. Prune broken branches, clip off old seed heads, and stem remnants from perennials.
• Keep an eye out for pests and diseases. The best plan is to notice problems before they cause significant damage (of course!). Ongoing observation is a good tool as the weather warms, aphids, scale, and spider mites get active—control slugs and snails early for best population control.
• Amend soil. Loosen the soil around perennials and planting areas where new herbs will be grown. Add organic compost and mix in for nice fluffy, nourished soil.
• Plant hardy perennial herbs like sage, oregano, and thyme when the ground is not frozen or too muddy.
• Shear lavender and other woody herbs when tiny leaf buds appear in the lower woody part of the plants. Based on the size and shape, they can be trimmed by a third if needed. (see more about lavender shearing in this past post)
• Look at plants that have overgrown their space or are stealing beauty from other plants. Remove or properly prune as needed.
• Rake and lightly mow low-growing groundcover herbs like chamomile.
• Sow annual seeds indoors.
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• Evaluate pots for the season. Remove dead plants and clean off the soil.
• Check for emerging perennials that have expanded out of their boundaries. Transplant, divide, and thin out plants as needed.
• Move herbs that are currently in small containers up to larger ones.
• Clean and disinfect empty pots to ready them for planting. Use a weak bleach solution- 10 parts water to 1 part bleach or horticultural vinegar- to rinhttps://suegoetz.com/shopse and clean out pots if needed.
• Clean up containers that remain planted, remove dead or old growth, and refresh the soil by loosening the soil surface and adding organic compost.
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