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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Jul 7, 2011 1:06 PM CST
Name: Maridell
Sioux City IA (Zone 4b)
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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
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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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Jul 7, 2011 1:28 PM CST
Name: Maridell
Sioux City IA (Zone 4b)
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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
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Jul 7, 2011 1:55 PM CST
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Name: Trish
Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a)
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mmmmmm- you just can't be stressed when smelling rosemary and/or lavender!
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Jul 10, 2011 8:26 AM CST
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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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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Jul 10, 2011 8:41 AM CST
Name: Maridell
Sioux City IA (Zone 4b)
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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
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Jul 10, 2011 9:30 AM CST
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Name: Trish
Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a)
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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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Jul 10, 2011 10:27 AM CST
Name: Maridell
Sioux City IA (Zone 4b)
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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.
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Jul 10, 2011 10:56 AM CST
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Name: Trish
Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a)
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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 Smiling
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Jul 10, 2011 11:47 AM CST
Name: Maridell
Sioux City IA (Zone 4b)
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It's hot! I'll try that route.
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Jul 10, 2011 4:56 PM CST
Name: Christine
North East Texas (Zone 7b)
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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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Jan 27, 2013 4:38 PM CST
Name: Linda Williams
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
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I don't have any cilantro this winter, wondering if I should buy some...or is this too late?
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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
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Jan 27, 2013 7:44 PM CST
Name: Linda Williams
Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a)
Organic Gardener Bookworm Enjoys or suffers hot summers Charter ATP Member Salvias Herbs
Bluebonnets Native Plants and Wildflowers Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Forum moderator Purslane Hummingbirder
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
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Jan 27, 2013 9:25 PM CST
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Name: Dave Whitinger
Southlake, Texas (Zone 8a)
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They always bolt so early for us!
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