Growing Bamboo, Herbs, & Cracker Roses
Happy Herb Gardening -------------with Lucia
Basil Basil is the most popular culinary herb. It flavors tomato dishes, chili, and spaghetti. Pesto, with garlic and oil, is best with basil.
Catnip Makes older cats feel like kitty! Use in sleep tea for humans. In many parts of the world, a medicinal catnip tea is given to babies. Grow in sun or partial shade. If your cat (or the neighbor's cat) rolls and breaks the branches, put a tomato cage around it allowing your cat to eat what grows out of the cage.
Chamomile Chamomile, with its fragrant little daisy flowers, is highly valued as a tea. The flowers may also be used in a hair rinse for blondes or in a facial steam. Grow in springtime sun for best flowers.
Chive Onion flavor for salads, vinegars, and marinade. Chives have purple flowers in March and April. Keep in full sun and harvest regularly for tall, upright thick leaves. If your chives fall over, you are not harvesting enough.
Garlic chive Garlic flavor for salads, vinegars and marinade The garlic chives have white flowers in early summer. Keep in full sun.
Comfrey Use comfrey leaves in a poultice on skin abrasions. "Knit bone" is its nickname because it heals broken bones. Grow comfrey in sun or part shade.
Dill Dill is a winter annual herb here and should be planted from October through March. Plant successively, so that as the older plants come into flower in early spring, you will have a younger plant to harvest. The beautiful yellow flowers are pretty in flower arrangements.
Echinacea Echinacea root is a traditional healing herb for colds and other immune deficiencies. The flower is commonly known as purple coneflower. Other colors are now being introduced for the colorful perennial garden.
Fennel Fennel looks like dill, so smell the leaves to be sure. It has a licorice taste like basil. Fennel is a perennial here, and a host plant for butterflies. Use the leaves in salads and eat the bulb like celery. It is a perennial flower.
Fennel was Herb of the Year - 1995.
Lavender Lavender was Herb of the Year 1999 Herbal skin splashes, potpourri, sleep pillow, bath herb, cakes and tea. Plant in the sunshine on the edge of your garden so it will dry after a rain. Dont overwater.
Lemon Balm "Balm" means medicinal plant. Use in the teapot, fruit salads and fish dishes. Plant it in some shade and it will keep its dark green color. It is a hardy perennial
Lemongrass Use leaves or long white stalks in tea, soups and chicken. It is a must in Oriental cusine. It grows well in summer sunshine.
Marjoram Marjoram is a easy perennial plant to grow. Use its leaves in tomato dishes
Mint Mint was Herb of the year 1998
Spearmint Most popular mint for tea, tabouli and the Kentucky Derby! Use in herb baths and skin preparations as well. Be sure to keep you mints in some sun and do not overwater. Don't forget to fertilize in the summer to give them a boost.
Chocolate Mint Flavors tea and desserts. Perk your coffee with a sprig.
Orangemint Flavor white meats-chicken, turkey and pork chops as well as fruit salads
Nasturtium Peppery tasting leaves and flowers. Use leaves instead of lettuce on sandwich.
Oregano The spaghetti herb. Use in eggplant dishes too.
Mexican Oregano McCormick spices bottles this upright bush in its seasoning. This plant needs protection at 24 degrees.
Tropical Oregano It is grown and used extensively in Caribbean and India. Relative of colorful coleus plants. It will freeze at 32 degrees.
Parsley Not only for garnish! Lots of vitamins A & C. My girlfriend, Tina, makes parsley and tomato salad--no lettuce!
Pineapple Sage Sweet flavor. Use the leaves and the red flowers. My friend, Jane, wouldnt make Thanksgiving turkey without it. Chicken too. Plant in full sun or partial shade. It has underground runners so give it some room to expand!
Rosemary Most popular herb. Use in hamburger, steak, potato, tea, and cakes. Helps one to remember. Grows well in sun or a little shade. Don't overwater. If you cannot eat as mush as you harvest, make a little bouquet for each room.
Rosemary was Herb of the Year-2000.
Prostrate Rosemary Same as above. Use in hanging basket or topiary as it branches more than the upright. It tastes the same as upright and has the same growing requirements.
Sage was Herb of the Year---2001
Sage Makes one wise. Use in poultry and gravy. Brewed sage is a medicinal tea for sore throats.
Tarragon The Tarragon we grow here is also known as Mexican Mint marigold. It has a licorice flavor. It is tastey in mashed potatoes, fish and chicken Also known as summer tarragon, it has pretty yellow flowers in spring and fall. Some users report that Mexican Mint marigold is slightly stronger and sweeter than French tarragon, with a more pronounced anise-flavor.
Thyme Thyme was Herb of the Year ---1997. Use in salads and marinades. Thyme is the second most popular restaurant herb. Loves the cold weather. Keep in sun and don't overwater.
Lemon Thyme It has a wonderful lemon and thyme flavor. Use in salads and fish. Same growing requirements as above.
Scented Geraniums Apple and Coconut are best planted in hanging baskets as they tend to "pup" like spider plants. These geraniums have small, orchid-type flowers. Scented geraniums are not "self-cleaning". You can practice deep breathing aroma therapy when pruning dead leaves from this plant. It is therapy. After all, you originally purchased this plant because you loved its fragrance.
Plant these herbs anytime
Water and mulch these herbs well in a hard frost.
Protect these herbs
1997 - Thyme, 1998 - Mint, 1999 - Lavender,
2000 - Rosemary, 2001- Sage,
2002 -Echinacea, 2003-Basil, 2004-Garlic,
2005-Oregano/Marjoram 2006-Scented Geraniums 2008-Calendula 2009-Bay 2010-Dill 2011-Horseradish
2012-Rose  2013-Elderberry 2014-Artemisias