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Basil. Annual. Frequently used as an ingredient in tomato dishes and in Italian recipes. Also repels asparagus beetles, bean beetles, flies and mosquitoes. Grow from seed or transplants.(Credit: The Cook's Garden)

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11 herbs to grow this year

Whether they’re annuals or perennials, just give these plants neutral soil, plenty of sun and a well-drained site, and they’ll reward you with intoxicating scents as you walk past, delicious culinary ingredients for cooking and essential oils to de-stress with. Some even repel pests. No need to fertilize or fuss: Just plant, water and enjoy. -- Jessica Damiano