20160412A.jpgThe more plants are “fed”, especially with a fertilizer rich in nitrogen, the more quickly they grow. However, in the case of herbs, this faster growth comes at a cost: it dilutes their flavor.

Lightly fertilized herbs grow less rapidly but their cells are richer in essential oils, leading to a more intense flavor. A location in well-drained soil and full sun will also help to concentrate the taste.

So don’t overfeed herbs and you’ll really be able to enjoy their taste!

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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