MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Not everything you plant in your garden this spring has to be colorful. Some plants stand out because they are edible. And nothing compares to the fragrance and flavor of fresh herbs.

WCCO stepped into a garden center to take a look at the herbs and vegetables you could be growing right now.

Therese Sexe, who designs containers at Leitner’s Garden Center in St. Paul, gave WCCO a tour of their Edible House, starting with oregano.

“It has a fuzzy leaf, but it is still edible,” she said. “And there are other varieties of oregano, too.”

The Edible House also has many varieties of mint, sage, basil, rosemary and thyme you can buy.

“Children love herbs because they can just pick off the leaves and eat them,” she said.

According to Sexe, whether you plant your herbs in ground on in a pot, you’ll be happy with what you get.

“It’s up to you. If you have room in the ground, you can do that. Most will survive our winters. You can do a container and have it right next to your back door,” she said.

Sexe also told WCCO about a newer variety of tomatoes that people are raving about — grafted tomatoes.

“It is a sturdy, disease resistant graft this tomato is planted on and it makes them produce a lot of tomatoes,” she said.

You can extend the life of your fresh herbs by hanging them up in bunches and drying them out or picking off the leaves and freezing them.

If you want to learn more about Leitner’s Garden Center on Randolph Avenue in St. Paul and their services, like selecting and planting flowers for your containers, click here.


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