Growing Herbs in Texas: Early Spring Garden in Bloom

| 3/18/2010 10:22:30 AM

C.MeredithCynthia Meredith has been gardening with herbs, reading about herbs, and discussing herb gardening in Texas for more than 20 years. She has owned The Herb Cottage ( for over 10 years, selling herb plants to people all over our state.

Spring seems to have arrived in south-central Texas. The redbud trees are blooming, as are our native bluebonnets. The bluebonnet patches around the yard have lots of flowers open. The foliage is so lush this year due to all the rain we've had.

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Bluebonnet patch in the foreground with a little redbud tree in background.

Herbs are flourishing in the herb beds and in containers. Although it's raining today, we've had almost two weeks of sunny days. Just what we needed to make the herbs, flowers and vegetable gardens grow. Hanging pots of nasturtiums are blooming. I've been snacking on nasturtium flowers and leaves as I work around the nursery. I've given tastes of "nasties" to customers both young and old at the market and love to watch their faces as the peppery flavor hits home. What a cheery flower with bright red, yellow and orange blooms.

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Late spring nasturtium garden at The Herb Cottage a few years ago.