Parsley, cilantro, and dill all grow well in containers.

Herbs are plants that are used whole or in parts for flavor, fragrance and health.

Most herbs prefer well-drained soil and a sunny location. Only a few herbs do well growing in full shade. Add organic matter, such as compost or well-rotted manure, if your soil is compacted or heavy. Herbs usually suffer from few pest or fungal problems and require only minimal watering after being well established. Fertilizer is unnecessary for most herbs unless you expect frequent, heavy harvests.

Charlotte Welliver is a Penn State Extension Master Gardener of Columbia County. She has been a Master Gardener since 2010.

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