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Subject: Herb help!
Date Posted: 7/20/2011 8:38 AM ET
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I really wanted to plant some herbs. Inside and outside. Anyone else do this and have any tips? I really don't know where to start. Thanks!

Date Posted: 8/5/2011 5:16 AM ET
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Holly,  first off where in the country do you live?  What kind of space do you have for a garden?  Most herbs like full sun and well drained soil.  I unfortunately have not had all that much luck in growing herbs indoors.  Though I have  at rosemary plant that is 15 years old this summer.  I have a place it likes to winter in my house.  I have 2 raised beds that have 2 kinds of Basil, several of Thyme, Tarragon, and Parsley.  I have Catmint and Oregano in a separate area as Mints and Oregano tend to take over.  I have Lemon Balm and  Lemon Verbena  I have my Rosemary in a pot because I live in a area that has fierce winters which would kill it.  I have regular Chives and Garlic Chives, Cilantro, Chamomile, Sage. I have a huge row of Lavender I have a hot spot in my front gardens which faces south  I always grow my Basils with my tomatoes they complement each other in the garden as well.  I found this web site, it might be useful. http://www.mountainvalleygrowers.com/kitchenherbgarden.htm  You can PM me with any specific questions.

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Date Posted: 11/8/2011 10:44 PM ET
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Hello friend Letty,


Date Posted: 1/17/2012 1:14 PM ET
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I love my herbs! 

Cinnamon Basil goes great with pork - I pick a mess of it and let it dry over the winter and then crumble it and store it in empty seasoning bottles.  Basil maybe an annual but if you pick the flowers off of the bush before it seeds it will continue to grow. 

Flat Parsley has better flavor than the curly variety but the curly variety is better as a garnish.  There is a hybrid called par-cel that is a mix of parsley and celery that makes a really big leaf for garnishing.

I keep a tub of chives inside because I like to cut it fresh for baked potatoes.

Horseradish root needs to be grated while it is fresh because once it starts to age it becomes really hard to cut into in any way. 

Mice don't like mint so I grow my chocolate mint around the foundation of my house. 

Do not dry sage leaves in the microwave unless you put a cup of water in there with it.  For some reason the sage will catch on fire and really smell up the place...ask me how I know...lol.

The best thing I've ever found to do with a rosemary plant is to put it where it will be ignored.  They don't like a lot of care in my experience.


Date Posted: 1/28/2012 10:08 AM ET
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You can plant most types of herbs indoors in the kitchen if your climate isn't adapted to them.

If you plant mint outdoors, be sure it is contained because it tends to take over. Same with cilantro.

If they grow well in your area, rosemary bushes are very pretty and decorative. They are very easy. Sage is the same way (the bush sage) in my area.

I usually count on herbs that I plant outdoors on being annuals and replant each year (except for mint and cilantro - they will not go away), but I think most will come back - I just tend to "clean out" my garden and replant stuff where I want it that year.

Date Posted: 1/29/2012 3:04 PM ET
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i'll be planting sage, rosemary, basil, parsley and majoram this year.  Just ordered a ton of seeds. 

Holly, you might want to look at the library (or on here) for a basic gardening book, or do an internet search for "beginning gardening", there are tons of sites with basic info on soil prep, watering, sun exposure and lots more.  Actually, I have a couple of dozen gardening books, and I'll see if there are any I can part with that might help you.

Tammy, I ordered Cinnamon Basil seeds because of your post, can't wait to try it!

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Date Posted: 1/29/2012 5:02 PM ET
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We do rosemary and thyme, I plant those every year. We have chives that come up every year. Chives are really tough plants, you'd almost have to dig them up and throw them out to kill them. We've also done parsley and basil in the past, we'll probably do them again this year. The doves love parsley. They almost ate all of what I planted the year we did that.

Date Posted: 1/29/2012 9:37 PM ET
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I have pots of rosemary, thyme, lemon balm, sage and lavender.  In my raised bed I have chives which come back every year as well as a stubborn rhubarb plant that won't die.  It gets these huge leaves which are poisonous and I do not use rhubarb at all.  I was hoping the deer would eat it but no such luck.  I am going to have to pull it up.  I also have parsley there with a pineapple sage plant.  The pots of herbs seem to be fine as our winters are not horribly cold.  But I did learn that anything lemon scented attracts mosquitoes so I plan to kill my lemon balm.  And I have spearmint which took over the corner area and which I hope to get under control.  Yeah, right!

Date Posted: 2/3/2012 8:15 AM ET
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Lemon attracts mosquitos? Interesting. Who knew.

Date Posted: 2/3/2012 6:27 PM ET
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If you want to attract mosquitoes, place lemon scented palmolive and a little water on a plain white dish. It must be white. It works. Where I have the lemon balm in my yard, you can find lots of mosquitoes there especially at dusk.