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Post  milaneyjane 6/6/2011, 9:22 pm

I love growing different herbs, even if it is just for looks. This year I am really trying to beef up the spice cuboard including homemade chili powder etc.. I put mine in planter boxes on top of my deck rail all the way around and also some in my SFG. This year I found a source that had some unique choices, but I wasn't sure what I would do with a lot of them. There were several I had never heard of. We currently have:

Pineapple Mint
Lemon Thyme
Lemon Balm
Stevia
Basil
Cilantro
Rosemary
BBQ Rosemary (Great for BBQ skewers)
Peppermint
Majoram
Hot and Spicy Oregeno
Chives
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Post  retired member 2 6/6/2011, 9:34 pm

peppermint, chocolate mint, orange mint, rosemary, chives, parsley, 4 different basils, dill, bronze fennel, regualr fennel, goldenseal, echanacea, comfrey, 3 different mallows, monarda, feverfew, lemonbalm, 2 different yarrows, lavendar, calendula, borage, catnip, nettles, pineapple mint,, sage, garlic chives, and lambs ears. Whew! I didn't realize I had so many!
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Post  westie42 6/6/2011, 9:43 pm

What do you find mallow useful for I have it and it seems a bit invasive thru seeds dropping also the clump grows kinda fast from year to year. One that I am adding again is Comfrey mostly because of how it is described as beneficial in compost.
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Post  busygirl 6/6/2011, 9:47 pm

Two kinds of basil, oregano, dill, chives, lemon balm, and catnip.
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Post  Tril 6/6/2011, 10:25 pm

Summer savory, onion chives, oregano, basil, cilantro (2), thyme. No mint. We don't use it and it's way too invasive for me! I grew catnip once, when we had multiple cats. OMG... it took over and I never did manage to get rid of it all!
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Post  sherryeo 6/6/2011, 10:55 pm

I only have 2 sfg boxes so far, so only have parsley and cilantro in sfgs. I have mint in a pot beside the sfgs to keep it from spreading uncontrollably. I tried growing dill and garlic chives, but they never sprouted. I hope to add more when I've added more boxes, especially basil and oregano.
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Post  westie42 6/6/2011, 11:12 pm

My main concern about putting herbs in my SFG boxes is it gets 20-30 below zero here several times each winter. The mints I have in half whiskey barrels almost always freeze kill in them which I don't mind because I take a portion inside for window farming during the winter. Sure don't want to put a lot of herbs in my SFG if they will winter kill. Anybody else up north have experience with this to share. I apologize for this being a bit off topic but not totally so I hope.
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Post  retired member 2 6/7/2011, 10:56 am

Mallow root is very soothing for dry, irritated throats. When you soak the root in an infusion, it produces a substance that is kinda slick and slimy (like okra). It is good to gargle with or just to sip if you have an irritated gut.
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Post  MikeP 6/8/2011, 1:56 pm

In my main garden (the SFG), we're growing:
Sage
Basil (Italian?) (2 squares)
Purple Basil
Rosemary
Parsley (2 squares)
Thyme
Oregano
Tarragon
Cilantro
Lovage
Borage
Chocolate Mint
Tansy
Chives

At home in pots:
Basil x2
Sage
Thyme
...plus whatever comes up of: oregano, chives, parsley, and cilantro.
...and maybe a dill a little bit away from everyone else.

In our community garden plot:
Nothing yet, though we'll probably put some dill in near where the fennel will be, since I think those two play nice together.
If the garden center has anything left this weekend in the < $2 range that go good with peppers (which are in 1/4 of the plot), squash/watermelons (another 1/4), or fennel (another 1/4), I might pick up something to transplant in.


Side note: If not for companion planting, I probably would not have planted tansy, borage, lovage, tarragon, chives, or thyme in the SFG. Though I'd still have the thyme in a pot at home. What do you do with borage and lovage, anyway?

If my wife didn't like cilantro I probably wouldn't have planted that either... Blech...
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