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Herbs

Just about every dish tastes better with fresh herbs -- and there's no better way to get fresh herbs than to grow them yourself.

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If you love having fresh herbs on hand, I've got some great tips. Lots of herbs out here are tender meaning they're not gonna make it through the winter, but it's still okay to bring them inside. That way you can enjoy them all winter long. Tender herbs like bay, scented geraniums, pineapple sage, I've got a great rosemary plant here. This one is real healthy. It's been growing this summer and this fall. So we're gonna take it inside, and the first thing we're gonna do is snip back some of these longer branches. Now go ahead and keep these 'cause they're great with roasted potatoes or a roast. The next thing you're gonna wanna do is dig up the plant. Now don't worry about cutting any of the side roots. The plant will recover once it's inside. Shake off any extra soil. Go ahead and place it in the pot and add some extra potting soil to cover up all the roots. And there you have it, this plant is ready to set inside in a sunny window. Go ahead and give it a doze of fertilizer every couple weeks and keep it well watered and then you'll have this plant and cuttings off of it all winter long and it'll be ready to place out in your garden in the spring. There are some herbs that won't make the move inside. These are mainly perennials like thyme, sage and the plants I have here, lavender. They just won't thrive indoor, so don't frustrate yourself. What you can do is take cuttings. Take cuttings of the leaves and the flowers and dry them and then you can have the cuttings all winter long. Another way to have herbs over the winter season is to start them from seed. I've got a great plant here, basil. This is a wonderful to start in a sunny window sill. Just because summer is over, it doesn't mean you can't have fresh garden flavor all winter long. And that's your Tess Garden Tip.