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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
May 31, 2020 8:38 AM CST
This is my stacked stone herb garden
It sits in the middle of the main picket garden , right in front of the bench.
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the most incredible smell fills the whole garden from the valarian
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there is a ginkgo in the front half I planted in 2000 it was 5'' high at that time .
struggling to put on new leaves after loosing them all in the record freeze on May 9th
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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
May 31, 2020 8:45 AM CST
This week
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picked chamomile and transplanted some along the middle path

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picked and dried catnip ,several mints and oregano

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re-stacked some of the stone disappearing into the ground

What Have you been up to ?

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Name: Kristi
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pod
May 31, 2020 8:17 PM CST
Beautiful herb garden... Lovey dubby I love all of it from the bench to the broken pot display to your blue bottles.

In your second post, third photo, what are the plants to the right of the comfrey?

I am not so organized with herbs in containers, a few plants tucked in the ground, some in raised garden beds.



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I have never succeeded with Valerian. It would seem my cats like it as well as their catnip. The catnip has to be kept under "lock and key" to keep it from a death by cat.
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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Jun 1, 2020 7:32 AM CST
Your kitty looks like it knows how to get what it wants nodding

The big plant is a tartartan aster , late bloomer loved by butterflies and bees.

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Rolling my eyes.
I does not belong in the herb bed , but some years ago I mistook the young plant at my Mom's place for horseradish D'Oh! and was quite surprised when it bloomed purple .........
I know horseradish is white.Called my Mom and with a little reserch discovered what it was ............Just hasn't gotten fully moved out of the herb bed , seems the big deep roots keep coming back.
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Name: Kristi
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pod
Jun 1, 2020 10:14 AM CST
Well it is beautiful and the bees think it belongs right where it is. Thumbs up From the foliage, I wondered if you had costmary. I love costmary but haven't succeeded with plant or seeds.
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Name: Linda
Carmel, IN (Zone 5b)
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mom2goldens
Jun 1, 2020 1:37 PM CST
What a beautiful garden, Cinda.

I just finished planting my herbs into planters--we had such a cold rainy spring, I'm glad I didn't get them out sooner. We did some major re-landscaping last fall, and had to take our several of my perennial herbs. Waiting for project to finish this year so I can re-establish my herb garden.
Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Jun 1, 2020 8:17 PM CST
pod said: From the foliage, I wondered if you had costmary. I love costmary but haven't succeeded with plant or seeds.


I haven't tried to grow costmary , there are so many interesting herbs . I do try a new one or two each year , May have to add that one to my list. Thumbs up

Linda,
great year to take on a big garden project Thumbs up
I grow several herbs in pots near the house , a lot of basil and things used in the kitchen.
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Name: Kristi
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pod
Jun 2, 2020 3:55 PM CST
Back in April, I had taken cuttings of my herbs for drying. I hung them on a clothes drying rack in the spare bedroom. Today I stripped the leaves and stored them. The smells were wonderful!

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Lemon balm, lemon thyme, rosemary, oregano, cilantro and one of the artemesias.

The cilantro was not as strong as I expected. I may not use it. And I discarded the Texas tarragon. It had no odor or taste at all.
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Name: Linda
Carmel, IN (Zone 5b)
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mom2goldens
Jun 2, 2020 3:59 PM CST
Actually, it's not a great year to take on another large garden project. The landscaping company that I'm using has been on limited staff since March due to COVID restrictions. They don't know when they will get to my phase 2 this year, but I'm hopeful it will still happen this year. Sighing!
Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Jun 2, 2020 6:51 PM CST
I was going to ask about the cilantro ? I have not dried it before and thought it may be like basil (not so flavorful)

I do however freeze cilantro , because we use a lot and it is not always easy to time the growing pots .
Rather frustrated with this new pot of cilantro , suppose to be slow bolt but it hasn't even gotten 3'' high Sad ...I guess it can not bolt if it doesn't grow at all. Rolling my eyes.
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Name: Linda
Carmel, IN (Zone 5b)
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mom2goldens
Jun 2, 2020 7:05 PM CST
How do you freeze your cilantro? Do you put it in some water before freezing (like ice cubes)?
Name: Kristi
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pod
Jun 2, 2020 7:28 PM CST
Yes, I'm curious also. I still have some left and would like to try that.

I don't think I have ever seen Cilantro seeds that aren't labeled as "Slow Bolt". Big Grin
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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Jun 2, 2020 7:29 PM CST
Just give it a quick rinse and wrap it in saran wrap whole stems and all.
When I take it out of the freezer I just chop what I want off while still frozen and return the rest to the freezer .
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Name: Linda
Carmel, IN (Zone 5b)
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mom2goldens
Jun 2, 2020 7:53 PM CST
Thanks, Cinda. I will definitely try that. I get so tired of cilantro going bad in the refrigerator, and then not having it when I need it.

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Jun 3, 2020 8:01 AM CST
gardengus said:I was going to ask about the cilantro ? I have not dried it before and thought it may be like basil (not so flavorful)

I do however freeze cilantro , because we use a lot and it is not always easy to time the growing pots .
Rather frustrated with this new pot of cilantro , suppose to be slow bolt but it hasn't even gotten 3'' high Sad ...I guess it can not bolt if it doesn't grow at all. Rolling my eyes.


Try ice cube method https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Jun 3, 2020 2:12 PM CST
The ice-cube method works great for basil because I add it to sauces but usually I add cilantro the last two minutes of cooking (nachos, toco-meat ,fajitas) so a cube with water doesn't work for me .

The video has some good ways to preserve several herbs . Thumbs up
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Name: Kat
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kittriana
Jun 6, 2020 8:56 PM CST
Cilantro when dried becomes coriander. I do not dry it as my daughter shook her finger at me, and it has seeded and those are dried and ready to store. I don't care for the ice cube trick, too wet to work later.
Oregano is year round and blooming now, var 'HillTop' but it dries and retains aroma great. I don't have pics of all herbs tonight. Yes, watermelon growing at its feet.
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A bay laurel 'sprout'? And my root beer plant tucked into a semi shady protected nook.
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Prostate and Tuscan Blue Rosemary sharing a pot, needs a haircut. Again.
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African Blue basil taking a beating this year- armyworms, then hard rains a week ago.
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Celosia spicata sprouting near the plant I can almost remember what it is - ah! Patchouli. Sighing!
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Lemon thyme has gone for summer. All 3 mints are growing well and well separated. The catnip needs pinched again, the cats watch it, but want it in house on a blanket they can play with it and roll in it.
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I have to water tomorro, I know there is stuff poked in here and there that I have missed.
So many roads to take, choices to make, and laughs to share!
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
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gardengus
Jun 7, 2020 11:29 AM CST
Very nice Thumbs up
may I ask what you do with rootbeer plant?

I have three catnip lovers and one looks like yours

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Name: Kat
Magnolia, Tx (Zone 9a)
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kittriana
Jun 7, 2020 12:32 PM CST
Root Beer plant has the most delicate awesome aroma ever, no blooms yet. It can be dried I am told and used as flavoring. It was a passalong plant years ago and returns as soon as 50/60* returns, it requires a lot of water as it behaves somewhat as a bamboo. Where it is a native they use the leaves as a wrap around tortillas? to steam them. I don't have a dehydrator, but may- planning to dry some. It has other names- hoja santo for one.
So many roads to take, choices to make, and laughs to share!
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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Jun 9, 2020 5:20 PM CST
Had to cut back tons of oregano yesterday , trying to flower . Two years ago my oregano died out and it seems I over planted to compensate and have enough for all Indiana .
Cut back the chives they are finished blooming
Stopped potting up all the mother-wort and sweet annie, don't know what to do with the dozen potted already Shrug!
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