Add herbs to your garden
Herbs are a great addition to the fall garden because the growth habits and cultural requirements are similar to vegetables, and most grow best in cooler temperatures. Sage, rosemary and thyme require a well-drained, slightly moist soil, whereas parsley, chervil and mint give best results on soils retaining considerable moisture. Mint should be contained in a pot where the roots do not have access to the ground. It spreads rapidly by means of surface or underground runners that may grow several feet from the parent plant and take over your whole garden while you are not watching.
Many herbs are perennials in your Florida garden, therefore growing indefinitely. Be sure to place these in a location in your garden where they will not be disturbed by seasonal changes in crops. This can be done by grouping the perennial herbs together or by placing them along an edge of the garden.
For more information on growing herbs, go to edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_herbs.
Compiled by Theresa Badurek, urban horticulture extension agent, UF/IFAS Pinellas County Extension Service. For additional landscape and garden information, visit pinellascountyextension.org. For regular tips and information about what's growing in Pinellas, go to facebook.com/growpinellas.