20 Responses to “Herb gardens”

  1. Sami May 6, 2008 at 11:55 AM #

    I used to plant lots of different herbs, until we moved to snail county (ick). Almost all fresh herbs can be used as replacement for dried, you just need to add them more towards the end of cooking. They don’t need the extra time to rehydrate. Have you tried green onions or scallions? Those are something you can use often that are fresh.

  2. Megan May 6, 2008 at 12:01 PM #

    I have a little dirt in the backyard, too, and I really want to grow cilantro, since I use it all the time for Indian, Mexican and Chinese cooking…Rosemary is great for roasted veggies, and pasta. I don’t think many people use thyme all that much. Mint can be substituted for basil in some Chinese and Thai recipes, and it is great with cabbage, chicken and pasta salads. Good luck with it, I wish I could come and snag some tomatoes! They’re my favorite.

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  3. Amy May 6, 2008 at 3:56 PM #

    I try to plant everything. Sort of a mish-mash of as much as I can afford/find. Every year, the gardens look different. I then try to make stuff with whatever grew well.

    Works for me!


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  4. sam May 6, 2008 at 4:17 PM #

    I love to garden, and I love herbs. I have mint, sage, lemon mint, thyme, rosemary, parsley, chives, and basil, plus whatever else strikes my fancy. The parsley is a staple – and I use it all the time. The mint is a must – I just tossed a handful in a cup of boiling water for mint tea before sitting down. mmmmm!
    The chives go in the salad, the thyme gets sprinkled on meats, the rosemary gets mixed with garlic for lamb and chicken, and the sage is for stuffing…I could go on all day!
    You can also soak your herbs in olive oil to flavor it!
    Happy gardening!

  5. Sela Carsen May 6, 2008 at 7:42 PM #

    This is actually my first official herb garden. I had some weird looking things in there leftover from the previous owner and I yanked out everything except two peonies, a few daylilies and some climbing things for the trellis.

    But my sage from last year overwintered beautifully and is already getting huge. 2 1/2 of my rosemary plants are back — half of one died. I planted one more, just for good measure. You can’t have too much rosemary, imo. Two basils (genovese), thyme, oregano, tarragon, parsley, cilantro and spearmint.

    I don’t have a ton of space, so once everything is big and fully grown this summer, most of the area should be filled.

    Funny thing is, I’m reknowned for my black thumb, but herbs grow for me. Probably because I actually use them, so they stay on my radar.

    Thyme — I shove a couple of sprigs whole into my roast chicken. You can also mince it and mix it with soft butter to rub under the skin of chicken pieces before you bake them. I also use it in my beef stew.

    Tarragon goes into my vinaigrettes. Making your own vinaigrette is so easy. Dijon, salt, a touch of vinegar, olive oil and a bit of fresh herbs. Very French. Thyme works great, too.

    Rosemary. Well, if it’s going into the oven, I can probably put rosemary on it. Pork tenderloin, roast beef, roast chicken. Even pasta bakes.

    I just toss herbs hither and yon in my cooking. What’s the worst that could happen?

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  6. Ann May 6, 2008 at 9:41 PM #

    I use spearmint in my iced tea, throw some mint leaves in the boiling water with the tea bags and let them steep. The mint flavors the tea so you don’t have to add sugar (or at least not as much).
    I have a recipe (somewhere) where you take a quartered lemon and several sprigs of rosemarty and put them in the cavity and then bake the chicken (usual time and temp), very yummy. :chair:

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  7. Annmarie May 7, 2008 at 8:48 AM #

    Stan does my gardening. I mostly grow veggies. I grow enough to can for winter. I am in your boat with the herbs. I grow em but don’t use em very much. These were great ideas and I can’t wait to try em out!

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  8. Amy May 7, 2008 at 8:55 AM #

    dont…use…them???? LOL

    My fam is like : NOW what is this green stuff all over the _______ we are eating?

    They have no sense of adventure.


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  9. jessica May 7, 2008 at 12:26 PM #

    I recommend chives, parsley, sage, rosemary (which loves icky soil – it’s a weed in my part of LA), and marjoram. I use the fresh in tons of pasta dishes, and marjoram and sage in meat dishes in the fall and winter. My dog loves the parsley – so that can be a problem. And if the deer have access, they’ll eat everything (which is why I have NO herbs in the front anymore).

    When you have them, I find myself using them more, honestly.

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  10. Jenna Bayley-Burke May 7, 2008 at 11:33 PM #

    My mother’s day gift is a re-do of the garden each year. The herb corner is pretty much year round, except for basil, parsley, and cilantro which never winter over (so jealous of your forgotten cilantro!)

    We’ll head to the farmers market and pick out tomatoes (6 – early girl, big boy, cascade, yellow pear) zucchini (2 – yellow and green), green beans, jalapeno…and a few things that seem different but never seem to make it…

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  11. Angie May 8, 2008 at 11:40 AM #

    Amy, is there a comprehensive herb book you could recommend, that talks about gardening, growing, use of herbs, etc?

    I’ve been reading your About.com articles. I have you on my feed now. They’ve been very informative!

  12. Ursula May 8, 2008 at 9:45 PM #

    I’m a big container garden fan. I plant basil, several varieties, including the purple, just for scent. Rosemary is a great plant, smells fab in the hot summer air. If you pull sprigs and lay over chicken breasts and broil or grill, or oven cook in a jelly roll pan with Rosemary, a bit of chopped basil and olive oil over the top of the breasts it’s nice. Can use the sprigs with dill and lime or lemmon with salmon: again, top the fish, wrap in foil with the other herbs, and broil or oven cook. This is great at cook outs and picnics. Fresh rosemary is great in stews as well, but you have to add in the last hour of cooking to get the full value. Dill is a great one to plant, chives are really pretty and go well in sauces and dips.

    Mostly I like the herbs for scent, and companion plants. And, they’re never bad to add to a charm bag, either. πŸ™‚

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  13. Lesley May 8, 2008 at 9:47 PM #

    Oh I just love herbs! You know if you don’t get around to using them during the summer then my Mom tells me you can freeze them and use them all winter. I’ve never tried it, but I’m going to this year. You might try mint in that backyard. It seems to grow pretty happily anywhere. Mine grew out from under the wall of my flowerbed and is now making a home for itself as ground cover.

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  14. Christine McKay May 9, 2008 at 9:43 AM #

    You can’t have an herb garden without lavender! Dried, it’s wonderful in sachets.

    Chives is nigh impossible to kill and will grow in crummy clay soil. I like to use it in scrambled eggs. There is a garlic variation and a more onion-like variation.

    Comfrey will do well in any type of soil, but it only propagates via rootstock. It’s good for healing external wounds (snip a bit and put under a bandage) and making salves. The young leaves are great on salads, though they do say taking large quantities of it internally is frowned on now. Very pretty – will grow to 5 ft tall with blue-purple bells on it.

    Careful on the mints – they really should only be container grown. They spread by rhizome and boy, once they’re started, they’re hard to kill. Ditto on lamb’s ear – you’ll find that growing all over your yard once you let it in, though kids love to touch it (soft and furry).

    Love my herb garden!

  15. Jody W. May 9, 2008 at 10:12 AM #

    Oh, I hate you all! Ok, not really, I’m just jealous. After years of trying, this might be the year I finally give up on container gardening. I try every year — the usual suspects being basil, cilantro (fresh salsa, mmmm) thyme, and lavender, and it never works, even when I remember to water it :). I am tempted to see if I can grow WEEDS in my containers or if perhaps the containers themselves are cursed.

    This year I am on a quest to find the funniest fake flowers and lawn ornaments to “plant” in my many containers so hubby won’t take them all to the dump like he’s been longing to do for years. I need to find a local friend from whom I can steal fresh herbs, I guess.

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  16. Kimber An May 11, 2008 at 9:35 AM #


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  17. Charlene Teglia May 11, 2008 at 10:13 AM #

    Parsley’s easy and you can just add it fresh to salads if you don’t want to do anything more. And not exactly an herb, but I love growing lavender. It smells fantastic.

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  18. Stephenie May 11, 2008 at 5:25 PM #

    Ok so… Mint is awesome around here and the best use ever is in a Mojito! Try it and trust me if you haven’t tried a mojito before (although, I strangely bet you have) you will use all of your mint this year. Im questioning whether or not a chocolate mint mojito would be good. Its worth a try.

  19. Angie May 11, 2008 at 5:36 PM #

    Oh yes, I love mojitos. Funny thing, I brought some mint home that I’d picked at a friend’s house this week and the first thing Josh asked me is, “gonna make mojitos?” I even have the special muddling tool to crush up the lime and mint in the glass! I think a homemade mojito is better than one from a mix, so I’m thrilled to have my own mint to make it with (it’s expensive to buy in the store!)

    And what do you mean, strangely you bet I have? Are you calling me a lush? :hips:

  20. Amy May 11, 2008 at 11:12 PM #

    Happy Mother’s Day right back at ya! My 10 yr old made a card that said *thank you for taking care of me all these years*..bwahahaha!

    RE: A book, sorry about that. I didn’t see this post. Well, I really like Growing 101 Herbs that Heal by Tammi Hartung, for one. Don’t let the name fool you. Although my heart belongs to healing herbs, there is a HUGE crossover from culinary to healing-so this book works if you never make a single tea. What makes it work so well for any gardener, IMO, is the great photography of all the herbs as well as the descriptions of what to do with, etc. Really a great book.

    I also find myself turning to many old fashioned gardening books: Better Homes and Gardens, An old McCalls book, Organic Gardening-Rodale -that sort of thing. These are the books that have little nuggets of info in the sidebars and whatnot, very informative and packed full of good stuff.

    BTW, This window has been open since this morning to answer. I am just now finishing it up-geez.


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