Planting Herbs

February 9, 2011 at 8:37 am Leave a comment

I love to use fresh herbs in my cooking, and there is nothing fresher than herbs from your own garden.  Many everyday herbs are very easy to grow and can even be grown in small gardens and containers.  Oregano, thyme, rosemary, mint and winter savory are perennial herbs that can be easily propagated and grown anywhere.  Oregano, thyme, and winter savory are low growing ground cover type herbs.  They spread under the ground and fill out in a bushy way.  When the weather is warm they send out long runners full of succulent flavorful leaves.  Harvest these runners as needed or harvest a bunch and dry them.  Mint is similar to the other three, but is a much more prolific grower.  Sending out long roots that may come up several feet away from the main plant.  Some people say it is best to plant mint in a container for this reason, but the plant is still manageable when planted in the ground.  Rosemary is a long living bush that can turn into a veritable hedge if given enough time.  When planting rosemary be sure to give it a few feet on either side fill out.  When harvesting rosemary it is best to harvest the fresh new shoots before they get a burly.  These fresh shoots are more tender and flavorful.  French tarragon is a perennial herb that may astound you with its productivity.  It may grow up to two feet high with loads of tasty leaves.  With all herbs it is important to keep up on your harvesting because it increases your overall yield.  If you wait too long to harvest, the plant may flower, seed, or get stemmy, making more work for you and less edible herbs.   So do yourself a favor and harvest often.

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