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PostSubject: Herbs 09   Sat May 02, 2009 8:43 am

Anyone plant any new herbs this year?
I got some stevia seeds over the winter and 1 is up! Woot! I also have Dill, parsley and basil coming up, but I've done them before. Outside the chives, lemon balm, lovage and oregano are all going well. Need to plant some cilantro later so its ready when the tomatoes are instead of way before them.
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PostSubject: Re: Herbs 09   Sat May 02, 2009 11:41 am

I'm doing the usuals; chives, basil, cilantro, oregano, dill, and my favorite lemon thyme. It smells wonderful. Have you tried Stevia before, Wrennie? Just wondered what you thought of it if you did. I'm not a fan but everyone has their own tastes. I thought it tasted like the artificial sweetner they put in diet soda. Could be me? Is lemon balm an annual or perennial?
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PostSubject: Re: Herbs 09   Sat May 02, 2009 12:45 pm

I love herbs! I started some basil but then I think I transplanted too early as it didn't make it . The oregano and chives are doing great that I started from seed but I think I will have to try the basil again..but I don't know if I am that patient. Might have to buy a plant..did buy some lavender though. I love love LOVE the smell . What do you use Stevia for Wrennie? I am not sure if lemon balm is an annual or periennial???I have not grown it but LOVE the smell!
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PostSubject: Re: Herbs 09   Sun May 03, 2009 7:43 am

Lemon balm is a hardy perrenial. I grew a stevia once buy was too chicken to taste it! Going to try again.
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PostSubject: Re: Herbs 09   Sun May 03, 2009 8:26 am

I have some basil & chives planted. Hope they grow.
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PostSubject: Re: Herbs 09   Fri May 08, 2009 8:12 am

i am growing some basil form seed this yr
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PostSubject: Re: Herbs 09   Sat May 09, 2009 1:11 pm

I am hoping to start a whole new herb area. I want to put my basil, chives, oregano, dill, parsley, garlic, onions, rosemary, and anything else I can get ahold of in 1 area. I am an herb a holic!

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PostSubject: Re: Herbs 09   Mon May 11, 2009 9:26 am

well my one stevia seedling went pfffft. Gotta see if I can find a plant somewhere.
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PostSubject: Re: Herbs 09   Mon May 11, 2009 10:11 am

I picked up 1 stevia plant weekend before last. I have started reading up on it and it has alot of medicinal properties. I went back to Maas Nursery yestereday and picked up 5 more. They are approx 2 ft tall and I got them for $2.50 ea. I am excited to have them grow, dry the stems and grind them. Nancy I have tasted the leaves and they are wonderful! I am wanting to study herbs and how they can help heal our bodies, as well as keep us healthy in the first place! sunny

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PostSubject: Re: Herbs 09   Mon May 11, 2009 10:33 am

Theres a cool site for herbal info.
here> http://www.botanical.com
and while i looked for that e-addy I found
this> http://www.nativeremedies.com/?ysmchn=GGL&ysmcpn=Google+Main&ysmgrp=HomePage&ysmtac=PPC
which looked interesting
Aaaaaand
I have a book called The Herb Book by John Lust isbn# 0-553-26770-1 which i refer to constantly!
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PostSubject: Re: Herbs 09   Mon May 11, 2009 2:40 pm

Thank you Nancy. I'll be checking those out. Thanks again! bfly

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PostSubject: Re: Herbs 09   Mon May 11, 2009 3:47 pm

great sites!!
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PostSubject: Re: Herbs 09   Tue Jun 16, 2009 1:33 pm

i am trying some new things this year. i hadnt heard of them let alone grown them Smile
apium-cutting celery
perilla-flat and curly leaf
clary sage

i am also starting lemon balm this yr and garlic. then the have to haves cilantro and dill and chives. i tried garlic chives but none sprouted, last time they were so easy.
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PostSubject: Re: Herbs 09   Tue Jun 16, 2009 3:21 pm

I want to know when I should pick leaves from my stevia to dry and crush to use. Have any of you done this yet? dunno

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PostSubject: Re: Herbs 09   Wed Jun 17, 2009 11:10 am

Here is what I just found...

harvest Stevia, cut off the tips of the branches about a third of the way down. The branches will have new growth at that point which will make it grow fuller.

Hope that helps.
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PostSubject: Re: Herbs 09   Wed Jun 17, 2009 11:13 am

Shelly thank you. So cut the leaves down to the stalks? I don't have branches. I have long tall stalks approx 2 ft tall. They have white flowers at the tops, kinda like baby's breath. Yes I do wish the plants were fuller....Thank you again. Hugger

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PostSubject: Re: Herbs 09   Wed Jun 17, 2009 11:29 am

I believe they are saying cut your stalks down 1/3 of the way. Your flowers and all would be cut off. Perhaps a stalk is a branch to whomever wrote that. That will then cause it to bush out. Anyone else know??? That is how I understood it.
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PostSubject: Re: Herbs 09   Wed Jun 17, 2009 11:34 am

To me I think it sounds just like how I cut back my coleus. Just snip out the central stalk down to the next set of growing leaf buds. This then makes those buds grow new stalks.

Stalk, branch, stem -- different terms but I think they use them the same way.

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PostSubject: Re: Herbs 09   Wed Jun 17, 2009 11:43 am

try these for info., Vine

www.stevia.net

www.tastefulgarden.com

I don't want to kill your plant. Yes, Carol, I think that's how it's done.
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PostSubject: Re: Herbs 09   Wed Jun 17, 2009 11:54 am

Thank you both very much. I wil try some snipping this weekend. beach

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PostSubject: Re: Herbs 09   Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:12 pm

I haven't used my herbs much in the past, just growing them for their beauty and wildlife attractant. I do plant parsley for cooking with and it is a lovely ferny looking plant to grow around tall perenials. I've always used my chives. I've had lemon balm for years, used it's leaves a few times in drinks and it turned out really well on baked fish. I will be trying my oregano this year....now that I've found out that mine is of a "high preference" variety. I still haven't tried the sage, saltwort (but did chewed on a stem), angelica, fennel, mint, thyme or savory. Have drank lavendar water and scent my pillows with it....thinking of using it in my bath this year. Am planning on horseradish...though I need to find the best site for it, it does seem to spread but I like the long leaf look of it.
................. And one more I'd like to try...saffron!

This site.... has a section

http://www.culinarycafe.com/Spices_Herbs/

They have info on:
General Description, Geographical Sources, Traditional Ethnic, Taste and Aroma, History/Region of Origin and A Few Ideas toGet You Started. Along with a recipe index column. ~~~ I liked the descriptions because they told me what plant the herb comes from.

Word of caution: lemon balm will spread like crazy if you let it go to seed!!!!!! affraid





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