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Herbs spice up garden

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Well-drained soil is important for herb growth.

“Oftentimes you’ll see herbs grown in a rock garden setting, and the gardens are built on a slope so that it drains well,” Gallagher said. “If it faces the south, it’ll get better sun.”

For the best soil characteristics, Gallagher suggests mixing sand with organic compost, which can consist of leftover vegetables, fruit, grass clippings and leaves. Add pine bark, pea gravel and sand to the soil for better drainage.

For fertilizing, Yakaboski and Gallagher suggest using Miracle Grow or a slow release or granulated mix.

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