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!

Garden writer and blogger, author of 65 gardening books, lecturer and communicator, the Laidback Gardener, Larry Hodgson, passed away in October 2022. Known for his great generosity, his thoroughness and his sense of humor, he reached several generations of amateur and professional gardeners over his 40-year career. Thanks to his son, Mathieu Hodgson, and a team of contributors, laidbackgardener.blog will continue its mission of demystifying gardening and making it more accessible to all.

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