How to Grow Culinary Herbs | Ask This Old House

How to Grow Culinary Herbs | Ask This Old House

Ask This Old House general landscaper Roger Cook gets a lesson on growing herbs you can eat from horticulturist Carrie Kelly. (See below for a shopping list, tools, and steps.)
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Shopping List for How to Grow Culinary Herbs:
– 6-inch clay pot
– Soil with compost and perlite
– Chives
– Parsley
– Tarragon
– Mint
– Rosemary
– Thyme
– Oregano
– Basil

Tools for How to Grow Culinary Herbs:
– Gardening gloves

Steps for How to Grow Culinary Herbs:
1. Fill up clay pot about half way with soil with compost and perlite.
2. Remove the herb plant from its temporary plastic pot and tease out the roots gently, then place it in the clay pot.
3. Fill in empty space with more soil. Don’t pack in soil too tightly.
4. Put a quick pour of organic fertilizer in a watering can and give the plant a good soaking.
5. If you’re grouping herb plants together, try to group them together in accordance with needs. For example, chives, parsley and tarragon all require about six hours of sunlight a day and need to stay moist.
6. Rosemary, thyme and oregano can also be grouped together. They like about six to eight hours of sunlight and can dry out a bit.
7. Always plant mint alone because it will spread out and take over anything else that’s in the container.
8. To harvest, let your herbs grow to be about six inches tall.
9. Basil can be pinched off at the top to encourage new growth.
10. Parsley can be pinched off on the outside with the new growth coming from the center.
11. Chives can be cut right off the top like a haircut.
12. If the herbs are not getting enough sunlight, consider buying a grow light as a supplement.

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  1. a b on August 6, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    what fertilizer i need

  2. Rectum Wrecker Service on August 6, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    Legalize these herbs!

  3. Nutz4Gunz45 on August 6, 2021 at 9:43 pm

    Come for the advice, stay for Rodgers accent.

  4. Cliff Carlo on August 6, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    Or is that just "herbs" then?

  5. Microphonix Virtual Studio on August 6, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    Those are not herbs they are weeds. No weed in my food please.

  6. Ian Roughley on August 6, 2021 at 9:56 pm

    Great vid, just one thing these types of plants have and will never be called "erbs" there is a "H" there for a reason.. H..H…H..erbs. Try it out. Love the vids tho!

  7. Xavier Holland on August 6, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    Is it just me, or does Roger have all the best projects, best shorts, and best ideas? I don’t know whose behind it on This Old House. But Roger and Tom are fuckin badasses. I like seeing Roger in shorts too. I can relate to his videos. Roger and Tom are pretty much geniuses.

  8. Xeperu on August 6, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    Combining herbs is what I wanted to know most about, thank you! Also, I use the same fertilizer if that’s Neptune’s Harvest- great stuff!

  9. Logo Bagus on August 6, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    good content, Thanks!

  10. Conner G on August 6, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    wow now i need to grow herbs i love herbs

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