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My Top 10 List: Herbs

By Trish
June 14, 2011

No garden should be without culinary herbs, as they are a part of nearly everyone's diet and yet so easy to grow. This article explores my current list of top 10 herbs that every gardener needs to grow, as well as many of their uses.

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Name: Maridell
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Maridell
Jul 7, 2011 1:06 PM CST
I have limited space so...I keep my seeds and in the Spring I tuck them here there and everywhere, including in containers with flowers...it's nice to have some near the door Smiling
Name: Trish
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Trish
Jul 7, 2011 1:20 PM CST

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Smart idea, Maridell!

Plus, I just like smelling herbs as I walk in the door!
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Name: Maridell
Sioux City IA (Zone 4b)
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Maridell
Jul 7, 2011 1:28 PM CST
True about the scent. I have lavendar and rosemary in containers this year on/near the deck. I like to go brush them with my hands Lovey dubby
Name: Trish
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Jul 7, 2011 1:55 PM CST

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mmmmmm- you just can't be stressed when smelling rosemary and/or lavender!

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Name: Christine
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Jul 10, 2011 8:26 AM CST
Cilantro is in my top 10 herbs too! The only problem is I cannot seem to grow it but I can grow coriander Rolling on the floor laughing because it always goes to seed right away! I tried growing cilantro in a container this year, it did better getting a little less sun but still bolted pretty early!

My cilantro in May
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Name: Maridell
Sioux City IA (Zone 4b)
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Maridell
Jul 10, 2011 8:41 AM CST
Yup, that's a problem! My cilantro is "good" for a certain period...when evenings are still cool...then they bolt. I do have some still okay in the garden that are surrounded by other plants but not for long I'm sure.

Of course my cilantro plants are just little seedlings in May Smiling
Name: Trish
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Jul 10, 2011 9:30 AM CST

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Same here, Christine. I just barely get that picture, as it was already bolting! We harvest cilantro to dry around April.
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Name: Maridell
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Maridell
Jul 10, 2011 10:27 AM CST
Trish how do you dry your cilantro? Some of my herbs I just hang in the garage (the only place I really have to do such a thing). Would this work for my cilantro? Our dehydrator seems to be too warm for cilantro.
Name: Trish
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Jul 10, 2011 10:56 AM CST

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I did half in the dehydrator, and half just hanging in the garage, so you'll be fine with that approach if your garage is as hot as mine :)
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Name: Maridell
Sioux City IA (Zone 4b)
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Maridell
Jul 10, 2011 11:47 AM CST
It's hot! I'll try that route.
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wildflowers
Jul 10, 2011 4:56 PM CST
I do the same, have the herbs hanging in the garage and they also seem to dry out fine in the utility room. I've found that cilantro also freezes well.. it loses it's crisp but the flavor and scent is nice when frozen.
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Name: Linda
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LindaTX8
Jan 27, 2013 4:38 PM CST
I don't have any cilantro this winter, wondering if I should buy some...or is this too late?
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jan 27, 2013 6:30 PM CST

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For us here our cilantro is getting to harvest size right now. I think it might be a bit too late to try to grow some from seed at this point. Sad
Name: Linda
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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LindaTX8
Jan 27, 2013 7:44 PM CST
Yes, I guess you're right! It gets awfully hot in spring sometimes.
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: Dave Whitinger
Jacksonville, Texas (Zone 8b)
Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Master Gardener: Texas Permaculture Raises cows I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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dave
Jan 27, 2013 9:25 PM CST

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They always bolt so early for us!

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