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One of the easiest, healthiest ways to perk up the flavors of foods can be found in your own garden. That garden can be in your back yard, in an outdoor window box or an indoor planter.
Home-grown herbs can add a natural zest to foods without upsetting your weight or your blood glucose control.
You can use these fresh herbs as a substitute for salt or fat in almost any dish, at relatively low cost and with a minimum of effort.
You don't need a green thumb to get started in herb gardening. Herbs are easy to grow and require very little care--a perfect choice if you are a beginning gardener.
When you grow your own herbs, you have the convenience and low cost of stepping outside (or over to a window) to gather goods for an evening's meal. And the sense of accomplishment that comes from growing your own herbs can give an extra boost to your self-esteem.
Here are some guidelines to help you start your own herb garden.
How, When To Plant
The easiest way to start herb plants is by dividing or cutting them from well-established plant beds. Mint, French tarragon and chives are just a few herbs that can be grown by dividing old plants.
If you live in a temperate climate (up North), divisions should be put out in late spring, after any chance of frost has passed. If you live in a frost-free climate (in the South), check with your local garden store about when is the best time to start planting.
If you start …