Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Semi-shade tolerant herbs[From 2006 notes]
Bay - evergreen, zone 7b
Comfrey - pink, early summer, perennial; possible slug problem
Costmary - midsummer, small yellow flowers; scraggly
Lemon balm - spreads, perennial
Mints - invasive
Sweet Woodruff - 6-8", good groundcover
Mountain Mint - 2-3 ft high
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Quite the gourmetI do feel gourmet-ish when I snip herbs like I did tonight for dinner. I just experimented and cooked boneless chicken thighs in apple juice with garlic and fresh oregano and sage. Pretty good.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Deer not Deterred by HerbsThe soft soil of the Herb Garden (upper terrace) is pockmarked with hoof prints --- and the daylilies have been beheaded. They did not bother the foliage (I guess it's not that scrumptious when mature) since the juicy flowers and buds were available. I had hoped that a row of daylilies in the back would escape the deer's noses with all the different herbs in front of them. But not so. There was even a bloom stalk that had a parallel stem of oregano. The deer had no trouble distinguishing while stem they wanted to nip the head off of.
Of course, this is not a total surprise. I had tried this before with daylilies among plants the deer don't bother like asters and bee balm. Somehow, they are able to still find the desired food source. I can't really spray repellent here since the edible herbs are RIGHT there. Oh well. I did get to see several days of 'Sebastian' blooming.
Monday, May 16, 2011
New Herb Garden Terraces in BusinessI have completed the planting, of the herbs at least. It's not mulched yet. I may need to add another basil. The original Genovese I put in does not look too good. Perhaps the unusual cool spells we've had were not to its liking.
Basil, miniature 'Pistou'
Mint, Grapefruit (in a container)
Oregano 'Hot and Spicy'
Thyme, Creeping 'Doone Valley'
Catmint 'Six Hills Giant'
Coneflower 'Prairie Splendor'
Joe Pye Weed "Baby Joe"
Yarrow 'Coronation Gold'
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Herbs for part shadeI read that these will do well in part shade, so they may be the ones to put on the southern (shadier) end of the herb terrace.
Sweet Woodruff (?)
Saturday, May 22, 2010
Sage gets a trimThe sage has been blooming wildly for weeks. Finally, almost all the blooms were dried and I saw that there were new leaves coming out at lower nodes. So I cut it back to that new growth. I don't know if cutting it back harder would be best.
My plan to have a container herb garden again this year since our new beds won't be ready has run into the RACCOON problem. SOMEONE dug up the "Kent Beauty" ornamental oregano during the night.
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
UpdateThe Siam Queen completely recovered from being cut back and is flowering profusely again. The sage looks fine; I haven't been using it -- but then again, I have hardly cooked all summer. Work and cooking don't seem to go together at this house.
The potted basil is still there but has never looked good, even after fertilization. The volunteer basil looks great though.
The garlic chives are flowering. I have cut the flowers off to keep reseeding down, but it's getting ahead of me. We haven't even had our favorite Dilly French Toast with chives this entire summer.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
BasilThis is my first time growing Thai Basil 'Siam Queen.' The flowers are extraordinarily pretty and the plant is very vigorous. I was just reading on DG (uh, after I cut it back severely today) and some people say it's okay to let it flower, others say do NOT let it flower (as in other basils). The plant got very woody and fell over on the sage. It has a strong flavor. I think it has real potential as an ornamental.
The Sweet Basil that I am growing in a pot has done okay. It seems a light green so I fertilized it with fish emulsion last week (or 2), but that does not seem to have darkened it. There are also volunteer sweet basil from last year, I think, by the Siam Queen.
We made fresh tomato pasta sauce Friday with our bountiful harvest. I used our fresh basil, oregano, and rosemary. The recipe also called for fresh thyme but I used dried. I think I have some thyme down in the park, but that was TOO far to go before dinner.
I had a stout Borage plant among the herbs by the cypress at the sidewalk, but it fell over in a storm. The stem was HUGE. The blue flowers are gorgeous and Borage does reseed a bit. But somehow, I never like it as much as I want to.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Spring herb plans - from seedsBought:
Flat Leaf Italian Parsley
Curly Parsley (for butterflies)
Cilantro - slow bolting
Arugula from Laurel
Plan to do succession sowing in containers and in the gardens if I can find a bare spot.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Succession sowingWhile I've continued to harvest Italian Parsley all summer (haven't bought it once, yeah!!), it is huge and I have to carefully snip off the leaves since the stems are so tough. So it seems succession sowing would be a better idea. I thought it would not tolerate heat (and maybe it won't if I sow it this way!) but the plants have done fine. Now, I need to try cilantro next year. And I suppose do the same with basil.
Arugula seeds have sprouted. I'd love to have an ongoing patch of it like Laurel.
Monday, September 1, 2008
Status; my seed grown herbsItalian parsley - looks good and has continued to produce; does well in ground, nursery or garden (so skip containers since it's a pain to keep them watered)
Dill - no luck. It seems the poor early start did haunt them (note from seed starting log: Disaster in that seeds germ on 3/27 and I didnít check them for 36+ hours, grew 2Ē of white stem;
3/30 had potted up but read to pot up to the leaves so tried that today with a few, look rough; 4/12 have 6 pots /look much better). The best one might have made it had I staked it.
Genovese Basil - great in ground and containers. Did lose one in cont. early on to rot.
Lemon Basil - cont. Okay, not as vigorous as Genovese.
Notes to try: Since parsley did fine, try cilantro next year. And try an arugula bed like Laurel has.
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