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Herbs - Demystifying the Lingo

By Bonehead
February 20, 2014

When reading up on the use of herbs, one often runs into terms that sound similar but have slightly different meanings.

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Name: Christine
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wildflowers
Feb 20, 2014 8:07 AM CST
Hi Bonehead,

Your garden is lovely!

I'm wondering what kind of grass that is in your garden? I'm having a HUGE problem controlling the bermuda grass in my cottage garden. I'm wondering if that's what you have but somehow keep it under control by regular edging? I'm at wits-end with it in my garden!!!! Please tell me your secret.

May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Feb 20, 2014 10:04 AM CST
@wildflowers: I really have no idea what kind of grass that is, some mix of pasture grass is my best guess. When we bought this property over 30 years ago what is now our yard and gardens was being used as a horse pasture. We've never formally seeded a lawn, just mowed what was existing. Lots of dandelions and clover, various types of grasses. You've rather inspired me to try to identify what grasses I do have -- in our outlying fields (same mix), we let the grass go to seed and it gets about 3' tall with a pretty spray of seeds. I will make a point to photograph and try to ID them.

Re maintenance of the herb garden: I edge in the spring using a square edged spade and a string line (this garden is laid out as a labyrinth so I like to keep it uniform), and top-dress fairly heavily with a local compost blend. Then I mow the paths throughout the season on about a weekly basis (more often in early spring). My husband also hits the edges up with the weed wacker now and again when they get unruly, although I don't care for that look as well, it's a bit rough and uneven. But, clean is clean and by then the plants have mostly softened the edges anyway, so I don't complain. Sometimes I will re-edge in the fall before laying on a thick layer of leaf mulch, but usually not.
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Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
Charter ATP Member Birds Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Winter Sowing Herbs
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wildflowers
Feb 20, 2014 11:34 AM CST
An old horse pasture is a great place to plant a garden. Smiling

I can say pretty confidently that you don't have Bermuda grass. Good luck with your ID.

Thank you.
Christine
May your life be like a wildflower, growing freely in the beauty and joy of each day --Native American Proverb

Name: Leon
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TBGDN
Feb 20, 2014 4:49 PM CST
Deb, Your picture would make a great multi-plant photo! Very nice! Thumbs up
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Feb 21, 2014 10:30 AM CST
Thanks, Leon. I am hoping to take many more 'long shots' of my gardens this season to submit as multi-plans photos. Previously I had concentrated on close-up portraits and I think I have gotten one of most of my plants now, so time to look at the bigger picture.
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