How to Grow Spices

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Different spices need to be both grown and maintained in different ways. Find out how to grow spices with help from a garden teacher in this free video clip.

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Hello. My name is Jessica Craven. I'm a master gardener and I have my certification in Permaculture Design. Today, we're going to talk about how to grow spices. In the front I've got some pineapple mint, on the sides, some oregano, parsley, and essentially these plants are planted together. And they'll grow into each other creating a nice beautiful bed. You want well drained soil. When you plant, you can either plant some seed and just sew on naked dirt, and then make sure you cover with some dirt over it, if you wish, some compost. Irrigate or water regularly. Once they become well established like this, you'll only need to water you know, maybe once a week, unless you're in a very warm climate. You'll want to feel down to the dirt, feel down here. It feels a little dry. So, it's nearly time to add some water again. And you just continue to harvest, pick your mint and pick your oregano, pick your parsley, use in your cooking as you desire. Here, I happen to have some herbs that are great for Thanksgiving dinner. We've got some great thyme here, here's some marjoram, samples of that and beautiful sage. We can just plant them in some nice, well drained soil. Keep these plants moist and they will grow and thrive. You can pick your thyme, your marjoram and your sage any time during the season. Allow them to dry. Just pack them loose, lay them on some paper or on a kitchen counter. You can also cut them, hang them upside down and allow them to dry that way. And then you're welcome to use them year around. You can of course use them fresh the day you picked them. Another tip is pick the marjoram, your thyme, your sage, wrap them in a loose damp towel and you can leave them in the refrigerator and they'll last up to a good week. So, there's some tips on growing your own spices and using your own spices. Everyone can grow great spices for cooking.

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