by Kym Byrnes
There are many reasons to start an herb garden – they can be colorful, diverse and fragrant. But maybe better than aesthetics is the fact that planting an herb garden can directly impact your wallet and your health.
The best news is, growing herbs can be pretty easy, even if you aren’t gifted with a green thumb.
According to George Weigel, author of the Pennsylvania Getting Started Garden Guide and Month-by-Month Gardening in Pennsylvania, growing herbs isn’t terribly demanding.
Weigel, a Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturist, says on his website (www.georgeweigel.net) that given reasonably good soil and a lot of sun, that many herbs will “produce without babying.” He said they need little in the way of fertilizing or bug disease control and most are drought-tough.
If you are interested in growing an herb garden – and these hearty plants will thrive in containers, in a dedicated garden, or among other plants and flowers – you can learn more about what to grow and how to do it through the York County Master Gardener program.
The York County Master Gardner Program offers gardening classes and workshops throughout the year. GardenWise will be offered on March 12 from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. This one-day school for beginner and experienced gardeners offers speakers, resources and vendors. The deadline to register is March 4. Learn more at http://extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/york.
There will also be experts and resources available at the 18th Annual Pennsylvania Herb & Garden Festival at the York Expo Center, 332 Carlisle St. in York April 8-9.
If you’re going to dive into the herb gardening adventure, share your journey with us – let us know what you’re growing and how it’s going at firstname.lastname@example.org.