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Tips for growing: Basil prefers moist but well-drained soil and needs 6-8 hours of sunlight per day, but try to avoid too much direct light. Grows well in pots and can be grown inside.
Suggestions for use: In pesto and Italian pasta sauce, Thai sauces, on sliced tomato
Tips for growing: It is easiest to plant mint from root samples rather than seeds. Mint can easily grow out of control so consider planting it in a pot rather than a garden bed with other plants. Harvest the budding leaves at the top of the plant.
Suggestions for use: Mint tea, with potatoes or peas
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Tips for growing: Needs to be watered frequently until roots are established; make sure soil is well-drained; buy a young plant from a nursery for best chances of success
Suggestions for use: Flavor meat and potatoes, but use conservatively–it is strong
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Tips for growing: Can be grown from seedlings, seeds, or root cuttings; grows well as a potted plant; cut back new branches to promote leaf growth
Suggestions for use: Use fresh leaves to flavor meat, vegetables, and vinegar; can be easily dried as well.
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Tips for growing: Plant seedlings instead of seeds for quicker results.
Suggestions for use: Add some fresh leaves at then end of a recipe to enhance flavors; roots can be used like carrots!
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