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« on: February 18, 2009 07:10:28 AM »

So one of my resolutions for this year is to start cooking more. I really am wanting to use/grow my own herbs, but I know nothing about it. If anyone knows a good website, or has any advice on which herbs would be good to grow, and how to do it, I would really appreciate it!
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« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2009 08:09:43 PM »

There's some good how-tos on growing herbs, selecting them etc here

http://www.findhow.com/home/gardening-herbs.php

Good luck!

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« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2009 08:17:19 PM »

I grow my own herbs and veggies.

Where do you live?  Different plants thrive in different climates.

Where I live (northeast US), I have had great success with the following:
- Basil: Plant after the last spring frost, put it in a sunny spot, keep it well watered.  You can also grow basil indoors in a sunny window.
- Oregano: If you're growing from seeds, start them indoors, then transplant outside after the last spring frost.  Oregano also needs full sun.
- Chives: Plant them and leave them be.  Chives die back in the winter and return each spring.  I have chives that have returned faithfully for seven years and counting.

For some reason, my cilantro never produces many leaves before it flowers, bolts, and dies. Sad

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« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2009 11:59:17 PM »

I tend to grow mine on a windowsill (in Scotland).  I've always found that chives, parsley & mint need minimal care (which is good!).  Though keep the mint in a seperate pot - as it will spread & take over. 

If you end up with loads of herbs then you can always dry / freeze them for later use.

I struggle with basil (which is a shame as I love it ) as its just not sunny / warm enough here  Sad

Good luck with your growing!
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« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2009 12:49:30 AM »

I live in the Mid-South with the famous yucky red dirt.  I think we call that Zone deadland, ROFL! 

I do all my herbs in containers.  I have a variety of everything from lavender to basil. 

Try growing in containers.  Use Miracle Gro don't go for the cheap dirt.  I have found in the end it's a waste of money.  Plenty of water but don't over water & lots of sunshine or light.

If you grow mint it will overtake your garden.  Trust me on this it doesn't matter if you grow it in the garden or a container.  Those little seeds will grow in something else. 

I love mint & don't mind.  It is a gardener's headache. 

Catnip will do the same thing.  I have wild catnip all over my yard now.  Seriously! I have the happiest neighborhod cats in the world.

I have over 200 containers per year in my garden.  I buy every herb I can get my hands on.
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« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2009 06:19:31 AM »

I live in KY, so I understand about that gross red clay. Pretty much useless stuff! I was mostly thinking of growing in containers.

That's good to know about mint and catnip- I'd like to grow both but my husband would die if he went outside and it was all catnip (or mint). He's a yard perfectionist.

Thanks very much everybody for your help!
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« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2009 06:14:47 PM »

Yup, it's very easy to grow basil as long as there's enough sun. I planted my basil outside and it grew to 3 ft tall! I had three plants and it was way too much. Should have cut them all to freeze but they had already flowered when I realized.
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« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2009 12:21:46 PM »

if you want to try some indoors too I've had good luck with chives and tarragon year round.
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« Reply #8 on: February 22, 2009 05:09:03 PM »

I've been considering container gardening edible plants this year, and there are a few herbs that are on my must-have list. I'm hoping to grow as many plants as possible indoors, so I was checking out the Chia herb gardens. I figure that if they're half as easy as regular Chia pets, it should be no trouble keeping them alive. Cheesy

You might also inquire at the gardening question section here on Craftster:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?board=119.0
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« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2009 11:04:46 AM »

this is a great idea.  my mom grows mint and chives in pots in our backyard, but I was thinking about growing wheat grass, parsley, basil, and other yummy things.  I love the mint she grows.  it's delicious to cook with.  We got the Chia herb garden for her but they didn't last long enough to actually eat them.  Sad
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