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Post  kiwirose on 7/30/2010, 8:50 am

I have really enjoyed going out to my garden to harvest oregano, thyme and rosemary - all growing happily in my flower gardens (not sfg - just regular amended clay). I also have basil in my sfg and cilantro - now I want to expand. From your experience, do you put your perenial herbs in your sfg and just leave them in their spot - or do you have your herbs in a garden of their own? I have pleny of room - (aprox 128 sq ft and growing ) but wanted to see/hear others opinions who might have gone down this road.

Also looking at garlic this fall for the first time - and onions, shallots... will my squares ever stop growing???

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Post  Furbalsmom on 7/31/2010, 2:46 pm

I have found a good source for onion seeds, garlic bulbs and shallot bulbs at

www.territorialseeds.com

Hope this is helpful. My only on-line experience with them was great. Placed an order on Thursday, they shipped on a Friday and I received on Monday by UPS. I usually go to their company store (about 80 miles away) in Cottage Grove, OR three or four times a year.

I have some perrenial herbs (rosemary, oregano, thyme and sage) in half barrels. I also have oregano and sage in my SFG and plan to just leave them there.


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Post  Chopper on 7/31/2010, 4:20 pm

For most perrenial herbs, it makes sense to keep them in one place. However, most perrenials can be treated as annuals if you so desire. I am thinking of keeping one bed dedicated to herbs only rather than rotate. My rosemary and oregano are also not in SFG but in an old ammended dirt bed (BSFG - before SFG) and especially for rosemary, that makes sense to me. In the future, I think I would like a perrenial SFG herb bed also.

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Post  PNG_Grandma on 7/31/2010, 4:24 pm

We decided this morning to dedicate one of our garden boxes to herbs but now we're not sure what all to plant! Any suggestions?? We have some traditional herbs: oregano, lemon thyme, sage, rosemary, basil, curly leaf parsley and flat leaf parsley...and want dill and a few others...we have the space so any suggestions will probably be used!
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Post  Lavender Debs on 7/31/2010, 4:58 pm

Kitchen herbs are great but I keep medicinal herbs and a tea garden as well.
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Post  PNG_Grandma on 7/31/2010, 5:13 pm

Medicinal and tea herbs sound great but I'm too new at this to know what herbs you grow for those. Can you give me a few more details? Thanks!
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Post  mrseltzer on 7/31/2010, 6:30 pm

Hi-

I have dedicated an entire 4x4 patio box to an herb garden. I am growing the following herbs:


  • Tarragon
  • Margoram
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Dill
  • Garlic chives
  • onion chives
  • Cilantro
  • Basil
  • Fennel-one could argue that this is not an herb
  • Mint-in pots for obvious reasons
  • Borage-an unusual herb-I am going to put this one in a seperate pot because it grows so big
  • Summer savory

I also coplant basil with my tomatoes. You can never have enough basil.

Borage is an old herb. It gives lovely blue flowers that I float in wine/iced tea or put in ice cubes...very romatic (My husband thinks it's silly). The flowers can also be pink or half blue and half pink. I understand you can also make a soup out of the stems and leaves that tastes like cucumbers, but I haven't tried it yet.

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Post  mrseltzer on 7/31/2010, 7:01 pm

Oops-

I meant to show you a picture:




The borage is the large plant with the purple flowers. I am going to transplant it to a pot. The first image is right after I planted the herbs, the last images are a few weeks old.

Have fun.
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Post  PNG_Grandma on 7/31/2010, 7:08 pm

Thanks so much for the suggestions. I have enough room to grow many different herbs so I thought I'd get a bit adventurous. If anyone has any other unusual and/or unique recommendations I'd love to try them. Your plants look great!
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Post  Chopper on 7/31/2010, 7:50 pm

@PNG_Grandma wrote:We decided this morning to dedicate one of our garden boxes to herbs but now we're not sure what all to plant! Any suggestions?? We have some traditional herbs: oregano, lemon thyme, sage, rosemary, basil, curly leaf parsley and flat leaf parsley...and want dill and a few others...we have the space so any suggestions will probably be used!

Cilantro for sure if only because it spoils quickly in the fridge and has to be used fresh.

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Post  PNG_Grandma on 7/31/2010, 8:18 pm

I've tried to find seeds for Summer Savory with no luck...help?
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Post  mrseltzer on 7/31/2010, 8:36 pm

Hi-

I found these guys online:

http://www.edenbrothers.com/store/summer_savory_seeds.html?gclid=CLXb3eiDl6MCFRhuswodvV1amw

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Post  camprn on 7/31/2010, 8:38 pm

I know that the dill does not like rich soil. The dill I plantrd this year in the box w/ amended Mel's mix is being pokey. Next yeear I am planting it in and area that is quite sandy.

Click me for Summer Savory seed supply

this link is even better

Mrseltzer, your garden is LOVELY.

Borage will attract bees! But beware, it readily self seeds and will take over if it is allowed to.
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Post  mrseltzer on 7/31/2010, 8:49 pm

Hi camprn-

Thanks for the complement and duly noted about the borage. I didn't know it was so aggressive. I will be transplanting it this weekend.

I like the bees. I think it helps the garden. The bees also like the basil blossoms if I don't nip them.

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Post  camprn on 7/31/2010, 9:10 pm

OH! When I mentioned that Borage attracts bees, I mean that in a most positive way. This plant will bring pollinators to your garden. Very Happy
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Post  Megan on 8/1/2010, 3:25 pm

I was given two lovely borage plants this year, but I have to say mine never grew that big, nor did I ever see any bees around it. Really pretty flowers, though. What has grown huge for me is sage.

I tried growing summer savory from seed, too, as a companion plant. I've never seen a savory plant before, though... so I wasn't sure about seedling identification. So I've either got a few lovely savory plants, or some very healthy and happy weeds! Very Happy

My dill didn't do well either. For next year I am toying with the idea of a trap garden along the side, and I might put it in there.
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Post  PNG_Grandma on 8/1/2010, 7:24 pm

Al and I shopped at both OSH and Home Depot today, and a local nursery yesterday for herb seeds. We found everything we wanted EXCEPT the Summer Savory. When Al was doing all his wonderful cooking during the past year we looked for Summer Savory in the grocery and specialty stores and couldn't find it in the herb/seasoning sections either...does this stuff really exist??! Rolling Eyes
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Post  Megan on 8/1/2010, 7:51 pm

I got my seed here.
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Post  PNG_Grandma on 8/2/2010, 1:12 am

@Megan wrote:I got my seed here.

Thanks, I think! I had fun looking at all the seeds available and before we were finished Al and I had a bunch of seeds in our "cart"! We're both looking forward to growing all types of herbs during the upcoming year! Thanks for the link!
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Post  Megan on 8/2/2010, 8:11 pm

Glad you had fun! I have purchased from Baker Creek twice this year and have been very happy with their service and seeds themselves. Good luck!
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Post  Chopper on 8/4/2010, 12:25 pm

@camprn wrote:I know that the dill does not like rich soil. The dill I plantrd this year in the box w/ amended Mel's mix is being pokey. Next yeear I am planting it in and area that is quite sandy.
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Apparently that is true of several of the herbs. My dill was planted in a box with MM though and has done beautifully as have the basil, cilantro and garlic. I was actually concerned that the soil would be too good and happy it turned out so well. And a little surprised.

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Post  camprn on 8/4/2010, 5:47 pm

My dill is just meh... still being pokey. The basil that I did plant in the box w/ the amended Mel's mix is practically nonstop! I am going to be crazy making another batch of pesto. The first batch was from cutting back/ pruning the Basil plants and I made 48 cubes ( ice cube size) of frozen pesto. Shocked
I just put in my garlic this week, my guess is that it will do well, fingers crossed.
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