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Some Denver urban gardeners place herb pots on a kitchen windowsill. Others tend lovely outdoor perennial gardens. It’s hard to find a gardener who doesn’t love to grow herbs. Since moving to Denver some 30 odd years ago, I’ve noticed gardeners here seem to have a special bond with herbs. Why are herbs such a big part of Denver gardening?
Herbs are easy to grow in Denver.
There are just a few herbs that present a problem in this semi-arid climate. As for the rest, they practically grow themselves. Denver is well suited for growing sage, lavender, thyme, rosemary and other herbs that prefer a dry climate. Parsley and basil do well here too, with a little pampering. They prefer indirect sunlight. They can easily be grown indoors. All in all, herbs are hearty and don’t mind if you forget to water them for a day or two. That makes them perfect for Denver residents with busy lives.
Herbs promote good health.
Denver has always been a mecca for health enthusiasts. Growing and using herbs is one of the healthiest habits you could possibly have. Herbs are absolutely loaded with antioxidants. They fight cancer and other illnesses by strengthening your immune system. Plant garlic to improve heart health. It fights cholesterol and lowers blood pressure. Parsley is cleansing. In fact, all herbs have enormous health benefits. Consider using more herbs in your food to lower salt intake too.
Gardening, as a whole, is good for you.
Here in Denver, physical activity is encouraged. We have ski slopes, bike paths, hiking trails and so much more. Adding herb gardening to your exercise regimen is a natural progression. Organic vegetable gardening is very popular in Denver. We love the outdoors. We don’t want to fill it with chemical waste and toxic run-off from gardens. Remember, exercise does you no good without healthy chemical free fuel in your body.
The Denver herb garden provides aromatic down time too.
The Mile High City is alive with activity from dusk to dawn. It’s nice to know we can escape to our gardens at the end of the day. There’s just something about the scent of an herb garden that helps us relax and unwind. Herbs are such a big part of Denver gardening because they’re simple to grow and provide us with healthy food. Gardening is great exercise. Those herbs produce medicinal rubs for sore muscles too. We love staying active in Denver. Still, it’s great to know that when we need to rest and heal, our herb gardens provide that too.