What’s in my garden?

Before you start clearing out your plot this spring, make sure you aren’t removing plants you may actually want to keep. After a long winter, herbs like sage and thyme might look dead, but as perennials they should start springing back to life within a few weeks. Here’s a quick guide to what we’ll typically see (and what many of you will want to keep) in the garden.

Chives

Chives. Pull away the dead, brown stems to make room for new, green growth.

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Chives may also be getting ready to flower.

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Strawberries tend to spread. If strawberries have taken over more of your garden than you’d like, you can dig out the unwanted plants and share with a neighbor.

Garlic is typically ready to harvest in Chicago in early August. After harvesting garlic, you can plant crops than enjoy cool fall weather.

Garlic is typically ready to harvest in Chicago in early August. After harvesting garlic, you can plant crops than enjoy cool fall weather.

Garden sage turns from whitish-gray to green in late April/early May.

Garden sage turns from whitish-gray to green in late April/early May.

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New thyme leaves form along the woody stems. Be careful not to prune the stems back too soon, or you’ll reduce the yield.

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Oregano is one of the first herbs to grow back in the spring. The woody stems sticking out should be cut at the soil level and removed.