Wednesday, August 22, 2012

doubling your herb garden

I don't know why but when I cut and root my own plants I feel like a rebel. How could it be legal for me to double the amount of basil in my garden for free?

Have you tried rooting your own plants? Its as easy as grabbing scissors and heading to your garden. You simply make an angled cut from a shoot just below the spot where a leaf is attached. Stick this stem in a jar of water and you'll see roots within a week! Once the roots are about an inch you can plant them in your garden. If you don't want to go through the whole jar of water ordeal you can even put honey (antibacterial and encourages root formation) on the tip and put it directly in the ground. Just make sure you water it well.

You can do this with more than basil too! Mint, lavender, thyme, rosemary, lemon verbena, sage and oregano are all easy to root. This could be a great and easy gift idea. You can simply buy pots, root your herbs and start an herb garden for a friend, all for the cost of pots! Or what a great idea for a get together? Every bring some stems and swap!

If you are a detail person, here is a great article on the many ways to grow herbs from stem cuttings.

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