Growing Bay in Your Garden

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Cathy Isom has some reasons why you should be growing your own Bay. She also gives you a few tips on growing bay. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.

Growing Bay in Your Garden

Of all the herbs in the world, bay should be in every garden. Not just because it’s delicious, but also because the plants make a lovely addition to the garden all year round with their beautiful evergreen leaves.

With a little care and attention, growing bay – aka laurel – is easy and plants can last a lifetime with little fuss.  Bay provides a characteristic flavor to many hearty dishes and is particularly good with lamb and beef.

While this hardy shrub is best suited to warmer climates, it lends itself nicely to container growing.  Plant outside when the temperature is warm, and the tree will get 8 hours of sun a day. Wait until a few weeks after the threat of frost has passed. Bay plants are notorious for long germination of up to six months. Bay grow well in pots, and you can prune them to a nice shape in whatever size you require. You can also move the plant around when the weather gets cold.

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