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Herbs have a wide variety of uses, and they are so easy to grow and maintain. Herb gardens don't require much soil preparation or regular watering. Before deciding on the herbs you will plant, consider what purpose you wnat them to serve. Herbs are grown for medicinal purposes, cooking, attracting butterflies, and for crafts. They can be grown in a sunny window, or they can be grown outdoors in a planter or garden. Herbs are also great to plant in small outdoor locations that would otherwise be useless.

You can start your seeds indoors in trays or peat pots. Doing so will control the exact location of your herbs when it comes time for planting. If you live in an apartment, you can transplant your herbs to a pot or barrel and grow them on a balcony or any other location that gets at least five hours of sun.

Prepare the soil for your herb garden as you would for a flower or vegetable garden. Choose a sunny location where the soil can sufficiently drain. Most herbs don't like to be saturated. Keep the soil free of weeds, and space the plants to allow room for growth.

Some easy to grow perennial herbs are chives, sage, mint, thyme, and oregano. These will come up year after year and they will also spread. Keep this in mind when choosing the location of these herbs. If they start to take over an area, they can easily be thinned out.

Easy to grow annuals are parsley, sweet basil, fennel, borage, savory, and dill. These will need to be replanted each spring, but you can get a head start by planting them indoors before growing season begins.

Herbs can be dried, and they have a long shelf life if they are sealed and stored in a cool, dry location. They don't spoil if they are dried properly, but they will loose their flavor and aroma as time goes by. Herbs make great gifts, and chances are you'll have plenty to share.