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Is this the easiest way to grow herbs ever?

Fresh herbs enhance everything, and you can’t get any fresher than homegrown. Knowing what to plant when can be a challenge. Vermont-based agri-tech company Seedsheet takes the guesswork out of container gardening. The company produces sheets of water-permeable weed-blocking fabric and embeds them with strategically spaced pods containing a soil mixture and organic, non-GMO seeds. The pods are held in place by a film made from an edible, water-soluble material. The Herbs Seedsheet comes in two sizes: a 12-inch round that fits in a bucket planter ($17.99 or $29.99 with the bucket) or a 1-foot-by-3-foot windowsill rectangle ($34.99). Each sheet contains seeds for basil, chives, cilantro, dill, and parsley. Pick your container of choice, add soil, then place the Seedsheet on top and secure it with the included pegs. Water the pods, and within a week, sprouts will appear. A month later you’ll be happily snipping fresh herbs. Seedsheet also makes vegetable and flower garden configurations in a variety of sizes, and has plans to make customizable sheets available. You can visit Seedsheet at the Vermont House at the Big E in Springfield, Sept. 16-Oct. 2. Order directly from the company at 802-382-8882 or www.seedsheets.com, or go to www.amazon.com or www.homedepot.com.

LISE STERN

Lise Stern can be reached at lisezstern@gmail.com.