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Herbs in my SFG....several questions???

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Herbs in my SFG....several questions???

Post  lakemom on 3/25/2010, 8:13 am

1. Since I am in zone 5 and get pretty harsh winter conditions most herbs are grown as annuals here, am I safe putting them in my SFG or will they tend to take over and spread outside their assigned square foot?

2. If I go ahead and put them in the SFG and dig them up in the late fall (before frost) and pot them up for the kitchen will any missed roots spread the herbs where I don't want them?

3. What about putting the herbs in 12" pots sunk into my SFG?

Thoughts and advice welcome. Thanks.

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Re: Herbs in my SFG....several questions???

Post  Theresa on 3/26/2010, 10:22 pm

I've only grown a few herbs, so I'm not much help to you, but I do know some herbs are very aggressive, and some are easier to control than others.
I had grown cinnamon basil with no problem, I grew stevia and it was all over the place, the one thing that was good, since Mel's mix is always loose I was able to pull all the roots out fairly easy.
Sorry I couldn't be much help.

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Post  bullfrogbabe on 3/26/2010, 11:03 pm

It is easier to plant your herbs into pots or a small/long narrow planter if you plan to take them into the house for the winter. Most herbs don't like having their roots disturbed.

Mints are typically very aggressive, they will spread and self-seed into places you don't want them to be -- best to keep them contained in pots.

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Post  orionsbelt on 3/27/2010, 11:48 am

I haven't SFG'nd in the past, but I tend to grow a lot of basil. (Gotta love pesto!)

Basil does not like to be moved. When I have moved it, it's wilted and died. What I usually do is take a cutting towards the end of the season, stick that sucker in water, and let it develop roots. Then I replant that inside, and cull the rest of the basil outside for my kitchen use.

Do NOT plant mint or anything in the mint family (such as lemon balm) in a garden where you want to grow anything else. It sends roots everywhere, and self-seeds like mad.

I'm also in Zone 5, and my Chives have wintered over outside. Thyme and rosemary tend to do well also, and they are both perennials. (Either that, or they've self-seeded.)

I'm planning on keeping some of my herbs in "regular" containers, as I have less space for SFG beds. Things like cilantro (which I continually reseed, because I use a lot of it) and basil may go in my SFG.

Hope that helps!

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Post  Theresa on 3/27/2010, 1:54 pm

OK...since we were talking about herbs, I went to town to pick some SFG supplies for two new SFG's and just couldn't resist picking up a few herb plants!

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Post  herblover on 3/27/2010, 3:53 pm

I am in zone 5 also and planted a few herbs in my SFG last year. Basil and parsley did well but are pretty bushy. Anything that is perennial (thyme, oregano, dill) I would put in a container or in the ground where they can get and stay established. Also sage, which can become a bush in a happy spot. Agree on the mint family, my lemon balm is in its own big pot.

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Post  lakemom on 3/28/2010, 7:01 pm

Thanks all. I think I am going to be doing some more planning and rearranging to put more of the herbs in pots and not in the SFG....so, I'll have to plan a few more veggies for the garden. Aw....shucks!!

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Post  orionsbelt on 3/29/2010, 3:15 am

I really like having my herbs right outside the kitchen door - that way when I'm cooking, I can just head out and grab some. It helps with cooking ideas, too. "Hmm, what would go well with this soup? I know, I'll go outside and see what looks fresh."

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Post  Lavender Debs on 3/29/2010, 10:20 am

@orionsbelt wrote:I really like having my herbs right outside the kitchen door - that way when I'm cooking, I can just head out and grab some. It helps with cooking ideas, too. "Hmm, what would go well with this soup? I know, I'll go outside and see what looks fresh."

That’s where I keep my herbs too. But often, instead of wondering "what goes well" I wonder what is abundant. Found more out of the rut yummy flavors that way. Tradition is what it is for a reason--it WORKS but there is always a new adventure to experience.

Deborah ....stuffed chicken with "orange balsam thyme and lemon balm last night, YUM-O

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Post  PeeVee on 3/29/2010, 3:40 pm

thanks for the advice NOT to plant anything minty in the regular SFG. i was just about to do so. I'll make a seperate box for it instead!

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