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Growing Herbs in Handy Places

Sometimes people ask me what’s the difference between a garden plant and an herb?  That’s a good question.  My answer is that an herb is a plant valued for its savory, aromatic or medicinal qualities, in other words, a plant that is useful.  That means there are lots of plants that can be defined as herbs.   But if you asked most gardeners to name 5 herbs, I think they would mention foliage plants with leaves that are used in cooking, such a mint, basil, or thyme.  However they are defined, the fact that herbs are useful means that they are best grown close at hand, so whenever you want to use them, they are easy to harvest.  Here are some of the ways I’ve found to grow my herbs so I can use them whenever I need them.