The following are some facts about winter savory herbs:
Winter Savory Herbs (also known as “Savory” or “Sour Cherries”) are small, greenish-yellow flowers with white spots that grow from trees and shrubs. They have a mild flavor and are often used in soups, stews, sauces and pickles. You can easily identify them because they resemble cherries but have a slightly different shape.
In addition to their culinary use, they are useful in medicine. They contain vitamins A, C and K which are essential for human health. Some studies suggest that winter savory may have anti-cancer properties. In fact, there is evidence that it might prevent cancer cells from multiplying and spreading through the body.
They’re easy to grow and require little care; however, they do need regular watering since they like moist soil conditions.
You can plant them in containers or out in the garden. If you want to grow them outdoors, make sure your soil is well drained so that they don’t get waterlogged.
Winter Savory Herbs are very drought tolerant and will survive dry spells if given enough time. However, they prefer moist soil conditions and won’t thrive in dry soil conditions. Soil pH levels between 5 and 7 are ideal for growing winter savory herbs.
It’s also important that you plant them in an area that receives full sun. If you’re growing them indoors, place them near a window that receives a lot of sunlight for most of the day.
Make sure you plant them at the right depth. You don’t want to bury the stems but you don’t want the plants to be exposed at the top either. When you plant them too deep, their growth is limited.
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