Herb Garden

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  1. MrsRake

    MrsRake Apprentice Gardener

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    My tarragon overwintered in a pot, so did my parsely! I was amazed.
    This year I’ve added caraway to my herb garden, it looks like a tomato plant, and is quite tall so it is good at the back, and next year it should produce seeds, I hope.

    I read somewhere once that sage tastes better from a young plant, and so you should expect to take numerous cuttings every year and abandon the mother plant. I can never bring myself to kill the mother plants so now there is sage all over my garden, and everyone I know gets all the spare sage cuttings - it is very, very easy to take a successful sage cuttings it appears!

    I also grow a herb called calamint as a path edging plant,it is very pretty and smells fantastic when you brush past it.
     
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    • Sian in Belgium

      Sian in Belgium Total Gardener

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      Tarragon is a slightly tender perennial. In a mild winter, or protected by being in the ground, it does come back each year. But a hard winter would finish a pot-groen plant. I’m sorry, but I don’t know where you are based? Maybe the mild winter last year helped?
      Parsley is a biennial, or short-lived perennial. It will often go to seed in the second year, and then the lovely lush foliage is gone. This is why it is normally treated as an annual.

      I’ve never even thought about growing caraway - do you use the leaves at all, or are you just growing it for the seed? We grow fennel each year, and as well as eating the young leaves, are now self-sufficient in seed!
      Calamintha sounds interesting - which form do you grow?
       
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      • Logan

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        I keep my sage plants and only take the top leaves to use, they say that herbs are stronger when in flower. Sage is a shrub and it needs cutting back in march or after flowering.
         
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        • Islander77

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          My many moves have seen my beloved gardens being left behind too often. When I left Kerry for Connemara, I "bequeathed" great pottery planters ( no room in the van) with lavender, sage, rosemary...to a lady who I knew would greatly appreciate them.

          So here? Seemed pointless to start over...

          Today? Well. I have bought no herb plants. Not one... Yet I have LEMON BALM, TWO KINDS OF MINT, from folk here. On my birthday this month a friend sent me lavender and rosemary plants... A herb garden of lovingkindness now, well rooted in friendship. I have a small growing area at the front so they are there, except the mint of course. Safe in containers just now

          THANK YOU for such kindness...

          A place is not a home without herbs.
           
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