Monday, December 30

The Herbs

We still have a supply of fresh herbs. I plant parsley in pots in the garden but also plant out a row on the plot. The pot grown parsley grows quicker and gives us fresh growth to harvest whenever the fancy takes us. The pot of parsley is currently in the cold greenhouse really just to protect it from a battering which will hopefully provide us with fresh green leaves through winter.
The row on the plot is made up of smaller plants but they are looking very healthy and should hopefully keep going after the pot grown plants have gone over.
The plant growing behind the parsley is borage which has self seeded and so far this year not produced any flowers. It's optimistically decided now is the time to produce buds.
I don't hold out much hope of success although the rosemary that we grow in a pot in the garden seems to think any time is a good time to flower. It produces flowers continuously throughout the year - even now!
The sage planted in a herb bed on the plot still is covered with useful leaves even though that growing in tubs in the garden had been denuded.
Maybe I should dry some leaves whilst there is still time - it's something I have never really got into - maybe I should.

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  1. Your plants are looking very healthy. I have borage all over the plot, I only sowed seed once and I don't think I'll ever be without it again.

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    1. Is yours in bud now, Jo?

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    2. I haven't been to the allotment for a while, though Mick was there on Saturday and Sunday and didn't mention it being in bud.

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  2. If only I could have that amount of Parsley available to me! I'd probably have Parsley sauce every day....

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    1. It is probably the most useful herb we have, Mark.

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  3. Did you grow your parsley from seed? I've had the devils own job getting it to germinate, flat leaved variety.

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    1. Yes it came from seed Jessica we seem to do OK for germination (oh why did I say that?) It does take a long time though. We sprinkle seed on top of compost and cover with Perlite - we do this for lots of our seeds.How early do you sow the seed as it likes a bit of warmth. We sowed ours on 3 June and it had germinated by 13 June.

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    2. Just checked and we actually sowed the seed indoors underthe grow light

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  4. I love your parsley! It's not easy to find herbs seed here. Mostly imported. So, I have to order it before. Sometime we couldn't get the seeds that we have ordered. I really want to grow and collect so many kind of herbs. So far, I already try to grow rosemary from a little pot plant. But it didn't do well, unsucces. The herbs that you have are minor products here. They are only sold in big supermarkets. I will so glad if I can find the seeds soon and plant it as soon as possible. New experience

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    1. These are just basic herbs for us Endah - it's some spices that can be more tricky to source.

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  5. I have a lovely plant of flat leaved parsley out in the garden. The thyme, sage & rosemary are all usable still. No flowers on my rosemary though, I still haven't put my pots of tarragon in the greenhouse for the winter, there is still time I hope.

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    1. If your tarragon is still alive it can't be too late, Jo. We often grow both types of parsley but the curled tends to keep going longer for us.

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  6. Lucky you, they all look super healthy. Our parsley was amazing the first year we grew it and has been a bit feeble ever since. The borage on the other hand pops up absolutely everywhere.

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    1. Do you sow new seed every year SG. We prick ours oit into those cell trays and plant out when they are sort of plug plant size.

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  7. Parsley is my favorite herb. Yours is beautiful. Mine didn't do so well this year. What do you use your borage for? My Rosemary is also blooming like crazy. This is the first time I've ever had it bloom. It was very pretty. It looks like your garden is quiet productive even in winter.

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    1. The borage is really for the bees, Bonnie although you can add the flowers to drinks and salads as a decoration we never have.

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  8. How lovely to see so many herbs so late in the year. Mine are going well too, maybe because despite the wind and rain it is quite mild still. I think borage is trying to take over my entire garden. It's a good job the bees like it.xxx

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    1. It is, Snowbird. The ones in the garden are also quite sheltered although the sage seems to prefer to be out in the open.

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  9. I envy you the possibility of having fresh herbs all year round. You must also have some chives don't you?

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    1. We do have chives, Alain, but they don't start to put on strong growth 'til later.

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  10. A good selection of herbs. I think I might try rosemary next year, I love the scent. It's one of those things that I always run my hand over whenever I see it.

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    1. We have upright and prostrate varieties of rosemary CJ. We have a couple on the plot that are struggling a bit as they were knocked back by the really cold winter a couple of years ago. The ones it pits are thriving though.

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  11. Nice looking plants Sue, I've got a couple of plants, Basil & Sage only, (if you don't count Raspberries that is) but I'm making a smaller bed available in 2014, on N2 Plot for lots of different herbs.

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    1. We need to sort out our mint bed, Rooko, the different varieties have merged!

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  12. Everything does look very healthy - any green at this time of the year is welcoming I think. Seeing how good you herbs look makes me wish my soil was dry enough for some. I've never really considered growing them in pots - I might just give it a try next year, particularly something that the bees would like.

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    1. The soil is quite soggy on the plot but some of the herbs don't seem to mind that, Angie, The pots are really to have some fresh herbs available at home to pick when we fancy, You could try a small raised bed with lots of grit added,

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  13. I enjoyed your blog very much. It's always a pleasure! Have a good time and a happy New Year!

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    1. Thank you Nervenruh it is good to hear from you - thank you for commenting. Happy New Year to you too.

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