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Thread: Growing Herbs--What Do You Do?

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    Senior Member AlaskaAlice's Avatar
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    Dec 2011
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    I'd like a kitchen counter herb set up! Herbs grow wonderful in Ak summers. There are lots of wild herbs to find in the woods here.
    Herbs are so great in just about all cooking! and so good for us!

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    Super Member Caswews's Avatar
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    I plant all my herbs in a container (even to include chives) Basil, Thyme,Lavender, Rosemary, Parsley is the most I plant. Keep em trimmed, usually I bring in the herbs over the winter and put them back out. Except for the 2 pots of chives that I have, they are out all winter long ..
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    Have been making pesto. Mmmm so good can't believe it. Basil, pine nuts or walnuts, quality olive oil, garlic - food processor heaven. Even made homemade pasta (America's test kitchen) wonderful - fit for a king. Made it with flat leaf parsley too before the basil was ready - threw in some cilantro. Do some searching and find wonderful recipes for those terrific herbs.

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    Super Member MaryMo's Avatar
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    I grow herbs in tires and other containers in my front yard ... sage, chives, rosemary, thyme, taragon, parsley, lemon balm and mint (several varieties) - adding fennel this year. All have survived over the winter for several years .... I just leave the leaves that fall from a nearby tree on them. Mowing has been greatly reduced in this part of my small yard. Chives are blooming for the first time this year - 3 year old plants. Taragon and sage and mint are overgrown and will be cut back this year. Mint has spread all over the yard and is almost indestructable (I don't have digging dogs.) and smells wonderful when cut. Bees also love the mint when it blooms .... almost as much as I do - sprigs in iced tea. I enjoy the comments about the fragrance as people make as as they walk by. I am learning how to use each of the herbs in cooking and appreciate the suggestions of others on this thread.
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    Super Member roserips's Avatar
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    I enjoyed reading your post and the responses you have some really great information here. I have always loved my herb garden and most of all the treat to go out and pick then come in and cook with fresh herbs! Enjoy yours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by puck116 View Post
    I love planting herbs. I plant in pots or my window boxes that are on top of the railing. This is my 3rd yr. Last year my oregano and mint came back. This year the sage and thyme came back. I have 10 different herbs; mint, stevia, oregano, basil, spicy basil, rosemary, dill, parsley and sage & thyme that came back. My husband makes pizza at least once a week and I like to chop up a variety to sprinkle on my side of the pizza. He only likes Stevia on his side. I'll add herbs to just about anything I'm cooking; soups, chili or on steak and chicken. Loving the info from Sweet as I'm really not literate about care of the herbs. We go to FL for the winter and there is no one here to take care of my herb plants.
    Can you tell us more about Stevia? I use the liquid sweetener occasionally in my tea (no calories). Is this the same as the sweetener? Are the leaves sweet? Thanks. You are the first that I have heard that grows Stevia at home.

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    I have Rosemary as a hedge and use it all the time. I make a Rosemary jelly that is great with roast chicken. When my thyme, rosemary, basil, oregano and tarragon need a haircut, I make a big salad and toss them in too. They add great flavor to the salad.

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    We don't grow herbs because my husband and I allergic to some. Rosemary, cilantro, oregano, thyme.

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    Hello Iraxy, I don't have much time at the moment so I'll just let ya check out:

    That's a start for using and growing stevia. I'll see if I can get some more info to you, hopefully soon.......

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    Senior Member petthefabric's Avatar
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    Eastern Madera County, Ca
    I love having enough to use chives like lettuce on a sandwich. Lemon balm makes a nice tea for summer. I love the flavor of lemon, but they die in our winter, so lemon thyme is on my list to plant.

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