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Basil growing in a garden

Herbs are easy to grow, and can give you a sense of what people ate in antiquity and how they got their food. Basil is a good one to start with. You can get the seeds in any nursery, or you can order them online. If you don’t have a yard, you can grow herbs in pots, too. And soon you’ll have your own herb garden!

Some herbs that we use in cooking are practically weeds and will grow all by themselves with just a little water. Rosemary, thyme, oregano, parsley, sage, and mint are like that. (If you don’t keep an eye on it, mint will take over your whole yard!) So are cilantro, dill, and tarragon. Basil is a little harder: it needs plenty of sunshine and water to thrive. Start an herb garden and see for yourself!

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