Thursday, January 28, 2010
Today I looked at the calendar and was amazed how fast January flew by. I think it seemed that way because January was so sunny and snowless. I'm hoping February is the same....I usually wait until late February to start most of my seeds but this year I have decided I'm going for it... at least with the herbs. So far, I have approximately 65 herb pots started. They include Boxwood Basil, Basil Pistchou, Sweet Large Leaf Basil, English Thyme, Greek Oregano, Curly Leaf Parsley, Basil Red Rubin, Sweet Marjoram and Lavender. I will also be starting Sage, Tarragon and lots of Mammoth Dill but I usually start those straight in the garden. I do this partly because my experience is they tend to do better seeded rather than transplanted and I really don't use them as much until later in the season. In our outdoor herbal garden we have plenty of Chocolate Mint, Spearmint, Peppermint, Lemon Thyme, Oregano, Herb Burnett, Lavender and German Chamomile. These come back every year when the winter is mild. The only herb I usually buy as a plant is Rosemary. It usually won't survive the winters here and it takes a bit more time to grow. I am looking to add new herbs this season so if anyone has suggestions I would love to hear them.