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Amateur herbalists given starting advice

Budding gardeners advised to practice growing the seven basic herbs

Budding gardeners and amateur chefs interested in growing their own culinary herbs have been issued with advice from expert Karen Nelson.

The certified master herbalist recommends that beginners start out with a small potted selection and then progress onwards - much like she did when she started 25 years ago.

"At first, it was just an interest I had, then it became a passion and now, it's just a sickness," she told the South Bend Tribune.

"I love herbs, and I don't know what else I would do. When you're weeding [herb gardens], you're surrounded with scents and textures, flavours and colours. You can weed and eat at the same time."

Ms Nelson listed what she thought were seven basic starting plants for every aspiring herb gardener: parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, basil, chives and oregano.

"This month is a great month to start planting… [But] it's really better to wait until the first of June. There's still plenty of time for the herbs to get large."

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