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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Dec 12, 2012 10:29 AM CST
I haven't seen anyone posting on herbs at all since whenever the herb forum was put here. Maybe nobody was that interested in them? Or did people just not know where herbs went to...like me?
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Trish
Dec 12, 2012 11:22 AM CST

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Linda-

None of the three forums (Veggie, herbs, preserving) were very active, and that's why we merged them all together.

I bet that we'll get a lot more chatter starting in Jan! December is a slow month for garden chatter, always.

I grow herbs (culinary and medicinal). Thumbs up
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tveguy3
Dec 12, 2012 7:05 PM CST
I grow sage, Bazil, Cilantro, Dill, Chives, French Terragon, and Rosemary most years, some times I grow Fennel. My sage bush is about 5 years old now, and is quite big, have to cut it back each spring. I have some in among my flowers, and others in the veggie garden. Love taking big sprigs of them and stuffing them in the cavity of a chicken along with a cut up lemon and roast it. Sure smells good roasting, and tastes even better.
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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Dec 12, 2012 7:36 PM CST
My biggest herb is probably a rosemary bush, which I have to cut back every year! Then various mints in pots, nettle, parsley, fennel, rue, St. John's Wort (okay, I just like the pretty flowers on that), chives, oregano, French Lavendar, lemon grass, comfrey and cilantro.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Kristi
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Dec 12, 2012 8:44 PM CST
Yes to the herbals. This winter I am growing Chervil which is new to me. I also have crops of dwarf dill and garlic chives.

There are two rosemarys that put up with me, an upright rosemary and a trailing one. And grow soapwort as a perennial.
A potted bay laurel which is winter hardy.

A few less hardy herbs are overwintering in the greenhouse... lemon grass, pineapple sage and catnip come to mind. The rest I grow as annuals.

Yup ~ love the herbs here...

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Dec 12, 2012 9:42 PM CST

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I love all of the herbs! I grow several kinds of Basils, white and blue Borage, Bronze Fennel, Cilantro, Comfrey, Dill, Echinacia, Garlic Chives, Lavendar, Lemon Balm, Lovage, several Mints, Pennyroyal, Rosemary, Sage, St. John's Wort, Thyme and Valerian.


Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Dec 12, 2012 11:11 PM CST
I've grown Chervil sometimes. This fall I got distracted with health problems and missed that window of opportunity, even though I had seeds. Somebody recently told me that Comfrey can be propagated by cutting pieces of root. I may try that!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Kristi
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Dec 13, 2012 5:55 AM CST
Linda ~ Chervil is a cool weather annual for you also? That is pretty much what I have read for the south. After last night, we'll see how cold hardy it is too. How did you use the Chervil?

I also have Comfrey growing and last summer grew a blue Borage for the first time. It has a beautiful bloom and then... I found volunteer plants throughout the raised bed. That was o.k. as it didn't seem to thrive in the heat.
Name: Carole
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SongofJoy
Dec 13, 2012 7:03 AM CST
I had a similar situation as you, Linda, and missed almost the entire gardening season this year. The English lavender is planted in the ground and did well. Six or seven types of mint, pennyroyal, rosemary, lemon balm, creeping oregano, 'Boxwood' basil, 'Hot & Spicy' oregano and a few others carried on fairly well without much attention from me.

I harvested dandelions, wild garlic/onion, chickweed, and a couple of types of dock from the yard. I think the Bloody Dock I had in a pot succumbed by the end of the summer.

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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Dec 14, 2012 2:44 PM CST
The Chervil flowers and goes to seed too early here, so it's only fall to early spring at best here. It can be used like parsley, although it's different. I especially like it chopped-up added to eggs or on sandwiches...or to sprinkle on top of food already prepared.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Kristi
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pod
Dec 14, 2012 6:39 PM CST
Thanks ~ that sounds good. I've nibbled on it and it has a hint of licorice flavor which I do like.
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BookerC1
Dec 31, 2012 1:46 PM CST
I always have some herbs tucked here and there. My original herb garden turned into a butterfly garden with some herbs at one end. I've added some more by my back kitchen door, and more annual herbs in the vegetable garden, and some hidden here and there in the perennial beds. I always grow lots of basil, and have an oregano plant that is at least 15 years old and huge. We have sage, rosemary, lavendar, thyme, and chives, and now and again marjoram and other herbs that I never remember to use, but love to smell! I grew bronze fennel this year, mostly because it was a butterfly host plant, but I also just liked the smell. I have mint growing in a pot in my kitchen window, and my son just gave me a little windowbox set of herbs for Christmas with basil, cilantro, and . . .can't remember the third type.

You are in good company here!
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Dec 31, 2012 5:59 PM CST
Those multi-use herbs have extra bonus points! For instance, some combination of nectar plant/butterfly host plant/culinary use/herbal remedy etc.
I've been subscribing to The Herb Companion for a while and was disappointed to find out recently to find that the publisher was combining it with another magazine. Not that much herbs covered in the 2 issues I've seen since, so I cancelled my subscription. I might check a used bookstore and see if I can find old issues from before I subscribed. It was a great magazine, so what a shame!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Carole
Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b)
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SongofJoy
Jan 1, 2013 3:00 AM CST
I just got an offer in the mail to subscribe so I'm glad to have read what you said, Linda. Glare
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Name: Kristi
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pod
Jan 1, 2013 8:36 AM CST
And I will agree. Even before they merged, I was disenchanted. I had been given some old copies which are a delightful resource so I subscribed. I have let my subscription run out and passed the new copies on to others.
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Jan 1, 2013 1:24 PM CST
Oddly enough, as soon as I decided to cancel The Herb Companion, I received a card in the mail offering a subscription to Herb Quarterly! How did they know...I'm wondering? But not sure I want that one.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
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CarolineScott
Jan 1, 2013 1:37 PM CST
I seem to treat herbs as annuals. I buy plants in the spring.
But they are getting expensive so will try from seed this year.
Borage reseeds all over my garden. It has a nice cucumber like flavour.
I direct seed dill, caraway and fennel. I like cilantro in flower beds and containers.
Lovage is a perennial which survives here. It is a good celery flavoring.
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Jan 27, 2013 4:36 PM CST
I finally got out there and started trying to spruce up some mints today! I've neglected so many plants this winter because of health probems, so now have to start giving them "haircuts" and start watering more often! After all, I can't expect to get rain very often! One really good rain this month...wish there were more!
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Mar 2, 2013 7:45 PM CST
I planted an herb garden but sadly I have neglected it...rosemary, sage, oregano, thyme, lemon balm, chives, garlic chives, and rue. I am hoping to dig up everything, plow and then replant. I started some more rosemary and lavender from seed. In the "field garden" we have one sorrel, some fennel (which I haven't a clue what to do with but I love the smell), all kinds of basil, cilantro and dill. We grow a full 50' row of comfrey because we use it for compost starter and to feed the goats.

I want to get some mints after getting a spearmint from a friend but I tried to order a pineapple, orange and chocolate peppermint and they wouldn't ship to GA. and I've heard you cannot start them from seeds so I'll have to find someone who can give me some cuttings.

Oh, we catnip and horehound too. We started most for the bees but I have been trying to learn how to use them. My granddaughter loves to pick the leaves of the lemon basil and chew on them when she comes out to the garden.
Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Mar 2, 2013 11:10 PM CST
If there's any plant swaps that you could get to, it's pretty common to see mint plants at those, since mint usually be divided easily. I neglected my mints a bit over the winter, but I think I only lost the orange mint...the rest are fine.
I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority. E. B.White
Integrity can never be taken. It can only be given, and I wasn't going to give it up to these people. Gary Mowad

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