Incorporate your patch planter into your Thanksgiving feast this year by planting four quick and easy herbs to make a delicious, traditional turkey stuffing. Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme are the perfect herbs for your patch planter. They all require approximately 5hrs of sunlight per day when grown indoors and are easy to plant and care for.
Parsley is a Biennial, offering delicious leaves its first year, and then goes to seed its second year. Parsley can be grown from seed or start. When growing from seed remember seeds germinate slowly (sometimes taking several weeks). Seeds should be soaked in warm water overnight before planting. Parsley does well in full sun or part shade outdoors, but will also do well indoors with 5hrs of direct sunlight. Parsley is best used fresh from the plant. When harvesting choose stems that have a minimum of three leaves and cut at the base.
Sage can also be grown from seed or start. When starting from seed, seeds should be planted thinly indoors. When grown outdoors it prefers full sun. Sage leaves should be harvested prior to flowering and is best used fresh from the plant. It can also be dried in a well-ventilated room away from direct sunlight and then stored in airtight jars.
Rosemary can be grown from cuttings or start. It prefers dry soil and makes a good planter companion for sage. Once rosemary is established in your Patch Planter it will grow well with occasional watering. When grown outdoors rosemary prefers full sun, but will also grow well indoors with 5 hours of direct sunlight per day. Rosemary is best used freshly cut from the plant and is most flavourful when cut first thing in the morning. When harvesting cut the top 2”-3” off of the sprigs, leaving the woody stocks behind. Be sure to cut at a stem joint! This will promote more growth. Rosemary sprigs can also be dried. Cut even length sprigs, tie woody ends together with butcher string and hang upside down to dry.
Thyme is very hardy and will grow under most conditions. It prefers full sun outdoors and indoors thyme needs 5 hours of sunlight per day. Harvest thyme just before plant flowers for best flavour. When cutting back thyme, be sure to leave 5” of growth on the plant. The more often you trim thyme, the more it will grow. Thyme requires little to no fertilization once established. Be careful not to over water thyme as it’s susceptible to root rot.