Monday, February 18, 2008

Herb Seeds for 2008 (A Growing Challenge Post)

The herb garden will be a new experience for me. In the past I have used pots for the herbs, this year I'll see what I can do with the in-ground Herb Garden I have planned (Herb Garden Layout). Most of the plants will be from seed but not all! Here is what we decided on for the herb garden:

Basil
This is one of our staple herbs that we use very often. We picked several kinds including Dark Opal Purple (the name says it all, it's purple!), Sweet Basil, and Bush Spicy Globe. I'm curious about the last one as it is supposed to grow into a nice little ball shape. It should make an interestingly shaped plant for the herb garden.


Thyme

The package calls it common thyme, but common or not everyone always could use a little more thyme.


Cilantro

We love cilantro in guacamole and Mexican flavored dishes. It should go well with the peppers I have planned for the vegetable garden! One interesting note: the seeds are the spice called coriander.

Chives
I'll have to plant some potatoes in the garden to go with the chives. Chives go well with many things like chicken, burgers, and even eggs.


Oregano
This one is called Mediterranean oregano. The oregano should see a good deal of use.


Parsley

I haven't tried parsley but I thought we would give it a try.


Sage

We bought a packet of broad leaf sage seed to add to the mix.

Lavender
We have two types to try. One is the traditional Lavender augustifolia and the other is called Lavender Lady. Lavender Lady is said to flower in the first year. The plants are smaller than typical lavender at about 8-10 inches.


Rosemary

The rosemary we have will come from cuttings off of a
giant plant my mother has and one that I was given at Christmas time. It's amazing how easy rosemary is to root! You can layer it or just cut it off and let it root in water.

7 comments :

  1. Dave,

    Having never grown herbs from seed...I look forward to reading about your 'challange'.

    Sorry I won't see you at the PPS meeting tomorrow but maybe in March.

    gail

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  2. Sounds like you are going to have some delicious meals this summer, with those wonderful herbs. The oregano here is perennial, so if you get it going, it will be a one shot deal. We grew the spicy globe basil one year, it is very attractive to use in a knot type design.

    Frances at Faire Garden

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  3. parsley is really great for the swallowtail larva. your oldest daughter will have fun counting the caterpillars-but she will have to look close!

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  4. I am doing many of the same ones!! I think I will ened up buying lavender though because the package I have says TWO YEARS to flower!! Ahhh!! That is a really long time to a newbie like me!!

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  5. Which parsley, Dave? I sowed both curly-leafed and the flat leafed Italian variety this spring and both have been a great success. The latter is more strongly flavoured and we've undoubtedly used that one more.

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  6. Another comment, I went out today and bought spicy globe basil and started it after readying your post.

    Frances at Faire Garden

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  7. Keith,

    It's the Italian variety. Sounds like a good pick then!

    Frances,

    I guess since you bought it again you enjoyed it. That's good to hear!

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