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Tuesday, May 25, 2010


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Ooh so helpful! Thanks, Farmtina. I always kill basil.

Are you growing any flower plants amongst your vegetables plants? I have always enjoyed the visual of that. Can you talk about how a garden can be more visually appealing?

I love this! If I ever get the courage to grow windowsill herbs, I will use this as my harvesting bible. Thank you for all the fantastic information.

Hi!The best herbs for you really ddnepes on the climate and type of soil in your area. There are many great books out there you can either buy or check out from a library.I'm in the upper Midwest so there are a lot of weather extremes here. Also, the soil is full of clay. I had a huge herb garden and the things that seemed to tolerate everything (in full sun, too!) were Roman Chamomile, Oregano, Lavender, Dill and various Mint plants.Caution, though: Oregano can turn into an out-of-control bush! Even after I dug it all out it STILL comes back every year. It has lost it's potency for using as a cooking herb. But as a plant, it's quite pretty yet it draws bees.Chamomile, Lavender, and Dill return every spring, not sure if the Chamomile or Dill are supposed to but they do!Dill is a very tall leggy plant but so pretty. If you plant that, be sure it's out of the windy areas- maybe against a wall or trellis that you can eventually loosely tie it to.Also, be aware of tastes if you want to plant herbs for use in cooking, I've noticed for example if you plant Dill too close to Mint, the Mint leaves will taste a little bit like Dill!Lemon Balm did well too, and the leaves taste great picked fresh and crushed a little and placed into tea.It's a great hobby to get into good luck!

depending on you climate most herbs are hardy as long as they get full sun (about 6 hours) Basil needs heat, and most herbs rireuqe shaply drained soils ( well that's what they like but they will tolerate other soils so long as they are not water logged)Rosemary can be tricky to establish if you hit freezing temps. But if you get it through 1 cold winter it should be good. Thyme is easy, So is Sage (great for thanksgiving turkey)Chives are probably the very easiest . Lemonbalm took over it's spot in the garden so I dug it out but it continues to pop up all over. Mint MUST be kept in a container otherwise it WILL spread (my neighbour mint is always coming into my yard unser the fence!)Chammomile seeds itself but is fairly well mannered. Hope this helps and have fun

I'm in Seattle, and it's hard to grow Basil here. Of course, you can buy a sendlieg from the nursery, but you need a lot of heat to start of your own from the seed. If you are in the warm region, Basil is good. Thyme and Chives are easy, and Rosemary is drought tolerant. I tried Mint, but I will never ever plant in the ground again! It spreads like a weed ,and could take over your garden. I recommend it in a pot. Parsley is useful, too.P.S. If you grow Basil, don't let the flowers to bloom. Well, you could, to enjoy it, but the plants tend to die after that.

Thanks for the information. I've been cutting my herbs incorrectly all along.

Just love the content and style of this! Thanks. I'm now successfully harvesting my mint and basil from my two plants who sit on a cloudy UK windowsill at work. I sacrifice their leaves on a daily basis to add an extra burst of taste to my sandwiches.

My Rosemary is 4.5 feet high, and I love to walk by, stroke the bush and rub the smell on me like perfume. I am trying your 'layering' technique and if it works, will start a few pots of Rosemary to gift to family and friends. I have studied the Queen of Hungary Water recipes which call for distilling water 4 times, and adding several other herbs I am not currently growing- has anyone tried a more simple concoction for the use of large quantities of rosemary?

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Hi! My name is Martina and I have a "farm" in my New York City backyard called FarmTina.

My definition of "farm" is really just a living space that brings together home grown vegetables & fruits, animals, flowers & trees, and concoctions that use all of these ingredients together... read more