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Hobby Farms Editors
February 4, 2011

Size: 18 to 60 inches

Sunlight requirements: Full sun

Water requirements: About 1 inch per week—herbs in containers need more moisture.

Soil requirements: Well-drained, alkaline soil that isn’t heavily fertilized

When to plant: Start seeds early indoors, or direct-seed in early spring. (Plants tolerate slight frost.)

Where to plant: Garden; containers

When to harvest: 80 to 100 days after planting for stem tips; 120 to 180 days after planting for bunches; harvest before plant flowers for best taste.

Produce storage: Dry in bunches in a dark, dry area. Store in a cool, dark space, or freeze in airtight containers for six to eight months.


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