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You don't need a garden plot to keep yourself supplied with fresh herbs. A sunny location, some soil, pots and a bit of care can turn a balcony, staircase, deck, patio or window into a private produce department. While mint and rosemary are best grown in individual containers, you can pack a smorgasbord of various herbs into a window box.
Whether you're new to gardening or a seasoned pro, these tasty, but easy-to-grow, flavour-filled herbs will have you hooked on fresh.
At the end of the season, dry some of your own herbs for winter use.
Basil, Genovese. Heritage (Italian, Pre 1879). Sweet Genovese is often associated with Italian cuisine. Basil is native to the region surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. This delicate herb has with an intense, spicy-sweet, aroma and a slight anise-like undertone. It is THE Basil for pesto and a wonderful companion plant. A favorite of summer and best with garden fresh tomatoes! The large leaves of this basil are ideal for salads, pesto, meats, and eggs.Slow to bolt.&..
Traditional Italian favorite used fresh, in vinegars and as the main ingredient for pesto. This very popular and heavy-yielding variety produces large aromatic leaves that delight the taste buds as well as the nose. Leaves are deep green and slightly cupped. Average height is 10-12”. • Versatile • Field or containers. (Ocimum basilicum subsp). Maturity 65 days.
Perennial Herb. This plant, which is one of the mint family, takes its name because of its particular attraction for cats. Young leaves and shoots also impart lemony-mintness to everyday cooking and to catnip tea. Can also be grown for bee forage. People & Cats & Bee's love it! Maturity 80 Days
Petite daisy-like flowers nod on a low plant. To better harvest the flowers, it is best grown in a bed by itself. German Chamomile prefers cool weather so sow in early spring and again in late summer. Gather flowers before they fully open. Fresh or dried, use them for a soothing tea or in many medicinal preparations. Maturity 75 days.
Organic Cilantro Seeds. Heirloom Herb. Cilantro is also known as coriander. The seeds are used ground-up as a seasoning in all sorts of foods and candies. Fresh leaves are indispensable to Latin American and Chinese cuisine. While cilantro has good heat resistance and is slow to bolt, plants will none the less eventually bolt in the high heat of summer. To counter this, sow seed every two weeks to ensure a continuous supply all summer long. Grows to 70 cm (28″). Annual.
Dill ~ Bouqet (Anethum graveolens) Organic - 40-55 days leaf, 85-95 days seed. High yields of tasty foliage and seeds on sturdy plants that reach a height of 95 – 105 cm. The unmistakable taste of dill weed flavours many foods. Potato soup, Tuna salad & cucumber salads are a few of our favorites. Seed heads are essential for pickling.
Lemon balm's fragrance is true to its name, citrusy and fresh. Its scent is released just by brushing by the plant. Hardy perennial that will stand 1-2' tall if not pinched back. Like mint Lemon Balm can start to take over. It is better in contained areas or containers.
Lemongrass is an elegant and beautiful choice for planters, beds, and large ornamental groupings. Well-known for its strong lemon fragrance. Perfect for teas and other beverages. Used in soups, stir-fry and Thai cooking. I keep mine in a nice container and bring it into the house during the winter.
Lovage (Levisticum officinale). Want to grow celery but find it too difficult? Lovage is the plant for you. The flavor is like very strong celery. Just snip fresh leaves and add to salads, soups, stews or whatever strikes your fancy. Dry leaves retain their flavor so you can keep a jar full around for winter cooking. Perennial plants are large so give them room to grow. (5-6ft tall). Lovage is one of the first plants to appear in early spring.
Parsley Flat. Organic. Its culinary uses include salads, soups, butters, fish and poultry. Italian parsley contains large quantities of vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium. Flat Italian parsley is preferred for flavour by cooks and chef's! Maturity 70 Days.
Standard early double-curled variety with rapid regrowth. The leaves are deeply cut and curled, resembling verdant forest moss. Less curly and has longer stems than Triple. Curled-leaf parsley is a more subtle seasoning than the Italian flat leaf and makes for an attractive, nutritious garnish. Great garnish • 10” tall. (Petroselinum crispum). Maturity 75 days.
Heirloom. The slender 15 cm (6") parsnip-like roots have a delicate parsley taste and are great for flavouring soups and stews. This variety stores very well through the winter. A great dual purpose plant as the coarse leaves contribute a parsley flavour and can be used as a garnish. Soaking seeds in water over-night improves germination. Parsley is widely used as a pest control plant in gardens as it attracts beneficial insects.
How To Grow
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The strong but subtle piney mint flavor of rosemary is a perfume no good cook should be without, and you can afford to be lavish when you grow your own plants from seed! Evergreen rosemary grows into a deliciously scented shrub whose needlelike, gray-green leaves are a classic aromatic seasoning. We have long sought and are delighted to offer you reliable seeds for this herb that is an essential part of every good kitchen garden. Mature height 1-3 feet. ..
Culinary Sage (Salvia Officianalis) - Organic. Handsome heirloom plants with pretty, soft, blue-green leaves and flowers that butterflies love to visit. Traditional herb for holiday cooking and great with winter squash and pork dishes. Maturity 70 days.
This special herbal tea plant has attractive lobed leaves and creamy flowers. Once the pretty blossoms are spent, just pick and air dry the teardrop-shaped flower calyxes to make a delicious ruby-colored tea with a floral, berry aroma and well balanced, cranberry-like flavor. Antioxidant packed Hibiscus tea is delicious on its own either steaming hot or iced, or add a touch of lemon, a little honey, or your favorite fruit juice. Also called Jamaican tea or Roselle. Approx...
(Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’)
With this special strain, sweet lavender is now easier to start from seed. Our wonderful Hidcote has the loveliest perfume of all the English lavenders. The long blooming plants with their soft narrow silvery foliage and vivid, deep purple velvety calyxes make beautiful landscape plants. Cut and hang the richly scented flower spikes upside down in a cool place for fragrant long lasting bouquets and sachets, or leave the blooms to charm your senses ..
Edible blue flowered vining plant native to Southeast Asia. Gorgeous, huge, double blue blooms make a natural food dye and soothing tea to calm the nerves. This double flowered type was found in Thailand, where the blooms are used to dye everything from teas to rice and desserts. A gorgeous ornamental edible flower, the vines are smothered in dazzling indigo petals. Our favorite kid-friendly drink; when you add a drop of lemon to the deep blue tea, the color instantly turns a bright pink, like..