Monday, February 12, 2018

2018 Garden: Let the Planning Begin!


It’s the time of the year when I start thinking about and planning our garden for the year.   For me, my planning starts with herbs, kitchen herbs to be exact (medicinal herbs get’s its own post next).
(Do you see my little sprig of rosemary in the left side of this aloe filled pot?   I'll transplant it into it's own pot later but for right now it's happy and I have a start for this year!!!)
Here are the kitchen herbs that I want to plant this year …  (some of these herbs also have medicinal properties but for the purpose of this ‘planning’ post I’m referring to them as kitchen herbs.)

Rosemary
Thyme
Parsley
Sage
Basil
Cilantro
Dill
Oregano
Chives
What ‘kitchen herbs’ do you plant/grow?


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14 comments:

  1. I have rosemary, oregano, sage, thyme and chives that survived the winter. In fact, my chives are starting to grow in this mild weather we have been having. I could cut a few if I think of it the next time I make baked potatoes. I amazingly have some cilantro that self-seeded into a pot and is trying to grow. I pulled the pot into the greenhouse, along with a pot of parsley that may survive also to give them a fighting chance. I want to grow cilantro, basil, and dill from seed. The parsley plant from last year is still alive, but barely. It may re-grow once the weather gets warmer, and may have dropped some seeds, as well. We shall see:)

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    1. Becky, some of my herbs from last year look like they 'might' have survived ... not sure ... the verdict is still out! Anyway, I'll be making a decision in the near future whether to replant them or not!

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  2. Hi Patsy,
    Did you start your Rosemary from a cutting? We were give a bunch of aloe but it does not look happy. We are hoping it pulls thru.
    We will try herbs but we have a gopher,squirrel and bunnies. How do you keep them out of the herbs?
    Blessing,
    Patti

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    1. Patti, yes, I started my rosemary from a cutting. I just stuck it in a jar of water until it had roots developing and then stuck it in this plant of aloe. I put it in the plant of aloe because it was inside and the nearest thing with dirt in it. I will transplant it a little later into it's own pot. Aloe likes warm/hot weather and little water. I usually give mine a small drink once a week. We have squirrels, moles and rabbits so I understand, hence a lot of my herbs are planted in pots ... some are in rather big pots kept close to the house!! Where there is a will there is a way!

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    2. Thank you! I figured you had out smarted the little fury guys. I will post on my buy nothing group that I am looking for pots.☺ That is great news about the rosemary. I will take some cuttings it grows in a lot of shopping centers around here. They wanted 8 dollars for a tiny pot at Home depot. This is very exciting. Free herbs. Thanks for the advice on the Aloe.
      Blessing,
      Patti

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    3. Squirrels can't stand the smell of orange peels so I put a few pieces of it in all my pots when I plant them in the Spring. They really are so stupid that they don't bother the pots all summer even though I never put anymore peels out.

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    4. Lana, I did not know that squirrels didn't like orange peels, will definitely make note of that when it comes planting time! Thanks for the tip!

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  3. I always plant marjoram and I hope to add patchouli this year.

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    1. I hadn't thought about patchouli, how do you use it?

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    2. I have never planted or used it but I love the smell so I guess/hope in sachets.

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  4. Thanks Patsy about the tip on propagating rosemary you have reminded me to take some cutting as a couple of ours died when we transplanted them into another garden as we got a massive heat wave at the same time.

    We are waiting on our French Lavender getting bigger so we can also propagate some cuttings off those too.

    Starting to think ahead when we buy our home and have most plants propagated from here before we go so we have a head start in starting our new gardens.

    Sewingcreations15.

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    1. Sewingcreations15, I propagate from my heirloom roses too. Propagating is a good way to get what you want without having to break the bank to do it!

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  5. I always plant basil, parsley and cilantro. I never do ever get enough cilantro though. I have a sage plant that is several years old and keeps on growing!!! I also have a rosemary bush in the front of my house along with a little lavender. I HAD a BIG lavender plant in the back and my husband "trimmed" it! It's dead!

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    1. Holley, Oh no! Your lavender plant! I would be so sad! My rosemary got killed when we had the unusually frigid temperatures for us a few weeks back. I was glad I had taken some cuttings last fall ... just in case.

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