Παρασκευή, 27 Ιουλίου 2012

Herb Gardens

1. Basil

Basil© A.Jeanroy
Basil is so simple to grow that it can be started from seed. If you have to choose only one herb to grow, basil would be a good one. It loves to be grown in a sunny window, is not fussy, and the more you trim it back, the faster it grows.

Basil is the perfect herb to head the list of the 2012 Year of The Herb.
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2. Chives

Chives© A.Jeanroy
Chives are a cheery herb, growing well both indoors and out. Snip them all year round, for a light onion flavored addition to any dish. Use chives to finish a dish, without overpowering the taste profile. Chives bloom with lovely purple flowers, which are also edible. They truly are an easy to grow and love, herb.
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3. Cilantro

Cilantro© A.Jeanroy
Cilantro is refreshing and bright tasting herb. It grows especially well in cool weather, so plant it early in the spring and late in the fall.
Cilantro is the perfect addition to spicy Latin dishes, cooling and complimenting the flavor of peppers and tomatoes nicely. Grow some cilantro in your indoor or outdoor garden area.
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4. Dill

Dill© Carl E. Lewis
Dill is another beloved herb. We all know its taste, from the crunchy pickle jar, but dill is also a must have for fish and other light tasting dishes. Grow dill indoors and out. You need not wait for it to grow to towering heights before harvesting.
I have successfully grown dill under a grow light for years. I snip off the fronds as needed and it keeps regrowing. Once the plant stops rejuvenating itself, because it germinates so quickly, I can simply replant and keep on going.
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5. Thyme

Thyme© Daxiangstef
Thyme offer a rich, savory flavor to many soups and stews. It is also a must have for most meat dishes, especially those that are cooked low and slow. It keeps it's lovely scent and flavor while dried, and it is easy to grow.
Thyme is a wonderful herb to get to know, and it is a wonderful addition to the 2012 Year of The Herb list.
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6. Lavender

Lavender© A.Jeanroy
Lavender. People either love it or hate it's scent. It has been my experience that if someone doesn't like the scent, they often have not smelled actual lavender. Many times, they have smelled a copycat fragrance that has been sold as lavender scent. Some of those seem to give me a migraine!
True lavender has a scent that is in a class all its own. There are so many varieties, no matter what zone you are in, there is a plant that will bloom for you. It makes this list, for the fabulous scent, ease of growth and of course, the lovely blooms.
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7. Lemon Balm

Lemon Balm© Jess, Beemouse Lab
Lemon balm is a striking foliage plant. It has a pure lemony flavor - no guessing as to what this herb is, when you nibble a leaf. I often plant a couple of lemon balm plants next to my outdoor patio area, so guests will brush against the leaves and release the light, refreshing scent.
A prolific grower, lemon balm deserves a place on the 2012 Year of The Herb list, because it is a rewarding and delicious addition to any herb garden.
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8. marjoram

Sweet Marjoram© A.Jeanroy
Marjoram is an herb that seriously needs better PR! If you love oregano, but dislike the bitterness that it can sometimes have, you would fall in love with marjoram. Think of it as tasting like oregano in 3D. It is so heady, you only need a tiny bit to flavor any recipe, and no matter what time in the season you harvest, marjoram never becomes bitter.
This is another herb that has a permanent place in my indoor herb garden.
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