Homegrown herbs are pungent, sweet, grassy, tangy, and aromatic, in ways that are lost in dried herbs. Fortunate for us, most of the traditional herbs and many less common herbs are all easy to grow in warm, dry summer gardens. And, these herbs are beautiful. Nan will discuss how to grow garden herbs for year round harvest and cooking–beautiful additions to every home garden.
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