Anise, Bee Balm, and Chives Galore!

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Have you ever wanted to grow a garden? Having access to fresh produce is a great way to stay healthy, encourage your family to eat more fresh foods, and enjoy some time outside. For those of us living in the United States, knowing your USDA zone is one of the best ways to decide which produce will grow well in your area.

Here are three herbs that can grow well in South Carolina

Anise

Anise, one of the strongest natural flavors existing today, is a Southern European and Mediterranean herb. Many compare its taste to that of licorice. Common in baked goods and curries, anise is a wonderfully useful herb. It can also be found in some liqueurs.

A healthy environment for growing anise includes full sunlight and well-drained soil. Until the plant is fully grown, it will require regular watering. Once it is established, anise can withstand short periods of drought.

The best season for harvesting anise is anywhere from August to September. It will do you well to put the seed heads inside of a paper bag and save them until they dry out sufficiently for the seeds to naturally fall out of the old flowers. Store the seeds in a cool, dark location until they are ready to be sown in the spring.

Bee Balm

Bee balm, a stunning plant that attracts bees, hummingbirds, and finches, provides a year-round experience for any plant-lover. Without requiring much time or effort, bee balm is a wonderful plant for gardeners of all experience levels.

Best planted in the spring and fall, bee balm flourishes in full sunlight. While it will still grow in partial shade, it does best in the sun. This plant prefers soil that is rich in organic matter. A lighter soil may be tolerated, however, your bee balm will certainly become taller and stronger in richer soil. Do not allow the soil to dry out or become boggy; your bee balm will be happiest with a balanced and even water diet.

  

Chives

Chives are best known as a garnish for your favorite dishes, but did you know that they deter pests as well? A multi-faceted member of the onion family, these perennials are great for both cooking and defending your garden.

Able to stand firm against cold weather, this herb grows best in early spring. Plant yours in mid-spring in preparation for an early summer harvest. Don’t panic if you do not see massive growth immediately. Chives are known for taking their time (a few weeks) to germinate.

Your chives will grow best in full sun, however, they can tolerate light shade. Make sure their soil is moist, fertile, and well-draining. Chives do well on their own once established, but you will still want to keep an eye on them. Water them regularly and be mindful of their growth; chives will dominate your garden if you allow them to fully flower.

Enjoy Your Herbs!

Anise, bee balm, and chives will be delightful additions to your garden! Care for them diligently and be sure to enjoy the process. After all, we don’t simply tend to our gardens for the sake of physical nourishment, but mental nourishment as well. Your herbs will add spice to the dishes you cook as well as many opportunities to your life.