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I just recently got into some gardening and I was wondering if any one knows how I can make sure that my herbs will not die. I am not overwatering, I have planted them and put little signs that tell you what each thing is but I am not sure how to use them so as to not kill them and also keep them healthy.
I believe you cut chives right? I really am and amateur about gardens, I know what the herbs are, and I buy them fresh. I just don't know how to grow them.
I got lemon balm, lemon thyme, thyme, oregano, garlic chives, chives, basil, opal basil, and rosemary. Any tips I need? Do I need to do anything special?
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Lemon balm is a root spreader. To keep in under control, you have to plant it in a contained space. Or dig around the plant deeply to chop up the spreading roots once a year. I put mine in a large clay pot and buried it at ground level. That makes it easy to water, slow to dry out, and contains it. This method requires you to clean out the pot every few years as the plant uses up the soil. I found that easiest.

The chives want a good period of hard freeze during the winter, just like lovage.

Rosemay is a root intensive plant. Plant it where it will have lots of leg room. In a pot, rosemary often becomes rootbound. Until I discovered Arp rosemary, I planted mine in the ground from late spring to early fall and potted it up for the winter.

Rosemary and lemon balm will be your thirstiest plants. Plant them where you can water them together. Besides, rosemary and lemon are great scents together. The basils need plenty of water. The rest are actually low water tolerant.

Thyme can get woody and unattractive if allowed to grow large. Best to keep them cut back and low. Buy creeping varieties if you want to minimize this pruning.

Most herbs do better without much care as compared to formal and vegetable gardens. They don't generally need fertilizers and such and are usually bug free. Basil may need some bug control, but mine clears up once I get them outdoors where the bug predators are.

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