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Herbs lead this years gardening trends

Michelle Obama may have rekindled personal herb horticulture

Planting a culinary herb garden has become the most popular trend for home gardeners, according to seeds company Burpee. 

The company says that Michelle Obama's White House garden may be the inspiration for the sudden boom in interest in herbs such as basil, dill and oregano.

"Interest in herbs has been growing steadily the last few years," says chief executive George Ball. "But this year, herbs are all the rage. Herb orders really took off right after the late March news reports about the 2011 White House garden."

According to the company's sales data, herbs are rapidly becoming the top garden trend for 2011, followed closely by raised flower beds and vegetable patches - all features of Mrs Obama's garden.

The company explained that herbs not only add interesting colours and tastes to gardens, but they also attract a host of beneficial insects.

Chelsey Fields, manager for Burpee's edible division, added: "Herbs are low-maintenance. Some bright sun and water will keep the plants producing… The best thing is that kids help grow what's for dinner."

 Related Products: Premium Dill Weed, Basil, Oregano

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