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Every spring, people are ready to plant herbs in the garden. And every spring, I get the questions:
Why won’t my cilantro grow all summer?
How can I grow basil?
Why does the dill go to seed?
How do I keep mint under control?
Where should I plant the rosemary?
What kind of soil do I need?
How much water do the plants need?
Here is a farmer’s tip: If your perennial herbs—sage, rosemary, thyme, oregano, mint, chives—produce flowers, don’t panic! You can harvest the flowers and use them in a lot of different ways. The flowers are great as an edible garnish, in bouquets, and used in recipes wherever you would use the herb. Many of the flowers dry easily. Once the flowers are finished on the plant, cut all of the flowers off and about 25% of the plant. This will encourage the plant to produce more leaves, and it will look like new in just a week or two.
How do I know this? I get to play with plants all day, plus I have the enviable advantage of having learned growing from my parents and grandparents, who learned from their parents and grandparents. Accumulated wisdom is a wonderful thing.
I share a lot of information via social media and with customers in person. It seemed time to put it all in one online course, so that people can access all of the information together. We have begun a series of How to Grow courses, so that you can learn how the farmers do it.
Let me say straight out—farmers are interested in maximum results with minimum work. Therefore, I tell you how to avoid weeds, pests, and problems. I take you into our herb plantings so that you can see exactly how we grow herbs.
The Farmer’s Blueprint to Thriving Herbs is your guide to establishing a wonderful herb garden for all your culinary and aromatherapy desires.
From basic supplies, selecting your plants, soil, to planting, and harvesting, I cover the details. I teach you plant language, so that you know if your plants want more water or more sun. I have separate lessons on basil, cilantro, and dill, which are just a bit tricky.
Now, you might jump over and take a look at this course and say, hmmm, why is this so cheap? And the answer is, I want people to be able to grow and enjoy growing. I see the prices that are charged on some courses and that’s not what I want to do. Our customers have supported our farm for over 190 years, and this is one way I can give back to our community. You get a lot of information at a modest price, and the result will be that you are confident to grow your own herbs.
Look for more courses coming soon!