According to a 2006 national gardening survey (garden.org), more than 14 million households in the United States grow herbs. Different types of herbs include annuals (live one season), perennials (foliage dies back in fall and re-grows in spring), and biennials (live two seasons).
Home herb gardeners can enjoy fresh harvested flavor and experience the farm-to-table experience. “Most people today are more aware of what they’re putting into their bodies. What else is better than growing your own herbs? You know where it came from and what went into it,” says Maggie Bridge, manager of sales and marketing at Sam Bridge Nursery and Greenhouses (sambridge.com) in Greenwich. “Herbs are fun to grow. They perform well and have a high yield. Any plant you can use in addition to admiring its natural beauty is always a plus.” Maggie’s valuable advice: Pick a sunny spot. “Most edible plants prefer to have four to six hours of strong sun. Sun from 12 p.m. on is the strongest. If growing inside, pick whichever spot provides the most sun.”