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Old 04-20-2013, 12:53 PM   #1
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Is anyone growing herbs?

I picked up a peppermint plant at the farmer's market today, it smells great. I think I'm going to buy a few other herbs next weekend when we return.

What are your favorites?

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Old 04-20-2013, 01:42 PM   #2
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I have a decent sized herb garden, it's a mess right now since I still haven't done spring cleanup but I have a 4 section bed, one has thyme, rosemary, sage, a little bit of lavender and spicy orange thyme. The next section has variegated lemon thyme, oregano, tarragon and more regular thyme. Section 3 has chives and garlic and section 4 has several varieties of mint and lemon balm except the peppermint is pretty much taking over.
This year I need to get some basil, marjoram, some new sage, cilantro and savory if I can find it. Oh, I also have horseradish and more lavender that grow outside the bed and last week I noticed two different kinds of parsley that I have no idea where they came from unless I planted them like 2 years ago and forgot.
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My favorites to grow and use are chives, basil, parsley, cilantro and mint. I saved a ton of my mint last summer to make into tea during winter and almost every time I cook I chop some fresh chives to dress the food. I have a window box that I keep planted all winter long and I worked off of that. It currently has chives, thyme and cilantro.

Outdoors I planted more chives, parsley, cilantro, chamomile and a friend sent me lemongrass. I want some spearmint but I haven't seen it in the stores yet. I want to put it in a pot this year because mint is very invasive and last year one plant nearly took over one of my 8x4 raised garden beds!!

Leah needs to share pics of her herb garden from last summer because her dh is a talented guy, and it's a beautiful little setup!

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I have basil, cilantro, mint, rosemary and parsley! I have them planted in my garde, in planters and next to my home!
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I probably use thyme, rosemary and oregano the most and luckily they are all very hardy. The thyme and rosemary grow all winter although the thyme does die back some and the oregano dies back but comes up early in the spring. So if you have a corner to put some in I would. Thyme gets pretty bushy so I don't know how it would do in a pot. Oh, and I always thought I hated thyme because the dried stuff is nasty but fresh is completely different.

Here's my herb garden, I really can't take any credit for it since my husband built it, I just stuck plants in the ground.
This was last spring.


Here's a couple of years ago when we had more flowers.
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Thanks to everyone who responded!

Leah, that's a lovely set up!

Unfortunately, we are temporarily in an apartment after an out of state move but will likely be moving into a house in the fall.

What are the best herbs to grow in containers or are they all grown this way with the similar level of ease?
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Mint, rosemary, thyme, basil and sage all grow well in pots. You can sit them outside if you have a porch and if you move to a house you can plant them or just leave them outside in the pots. I actually suck at houseplants, I have a 3 year old aloe plant that is seriously half the size it was when I got it from my sister. lol
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Does anyone know the best time to plant lettuces? I live in the Midwest- still prone to frost. Maybe early May? I'm not sure.
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Mint, rosemary, thyme, basil and sage all grow well in pots. You can sit them outside if you have a porch and if you move to a house you can plant them or just leave them outside in the pots. I actually suck at houseplants, I have a 3 year old aloe plant that is seriously half the size it was when I got it from my sister. lol
Next week I'm going to pick up one or two of these you recommended.

My Uncle has a TON of aloe plants and I think I'm going to steal a few baby ones to grow on our balcony. Lol.
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Does anyone know the best time to plant lettuces? I live in the Midwest- still prone to frost. Maybe early May? I'm not sure.
Well I live in VA so not sure about dates for you but I know lettuce can handle a light frost. They do better when it's cool, once it starts to get hot they bolt really fast.

ETA: This might help.
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