Propagate Your Herbs: Budget Gardening Tip

So you bought some herbs for making dinner, and have a few left over? Or perhaps you picked more than you can use from your own garden? You could keep them fresh for longer in an herb keeper, but they will eventually wilt and die. Here’s a great way to not only keep the herbs alive, but propagate them into new plants.

Many herbs can be propagated by cuttings for rooting indoors; the method works especially well for plants such as basil, mint, oregano, lavender, rosemary, thyme and sage. To propagate in water: Cut a sprig of each herb, carefully picking off the bottom leaves. Place in a small cup of water, covering the bottom 2-3 inches of the sprig. Let sit in a sunny windowsill for 1-2 weeks, checking progress and making sure that the sprig is in water. After 2 weeks or so, there should be some root growth on the bottom and/or the sides of the stem. Remove from water and plant in soil, or keep it in the water to continue growing.