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Growing Herbs
Growing Herbs

Fresh herbs are a lovely addition to a cook's kitchen.  Even if you don't cook, herbs have their place in the garden.  Herbs have great aroma, take well to containers and grow well in a greenhouse.  Many also have beautiful flowers.  There are also several herbs that help repel certain types of insects that love to eat plants!

Garlic

Allium sativum

Typically, I advise against planting garlic in the greenhouse unless you have a love of garlic and have extra room in your space.  Yet, somehow I found myself planting it anyway!

Rosemary

Rosmarinus officinalis

Rosemary grows into a very woody shrub and is native to the Mediterranean.  Both fresh and dried leaves are used in cooking.  The foliage is very aromatic and the shrub blooms repeatedly.

Oregano

Origanum vulgare

Oregano is probably best known for its use in Italian dishes, pizza and tomato sauces.  It is noted for its hot, pepper-like flavor.

Peppermint

Mentha piperita

Peppermint is a hybrid of watermint and spearmint and has aromatic leaves. It is used as an herb, flavoring and teas.  It is also known for its medicinal uses.  Peppermint oil also deters ants and some other insects.

Dill

Anethum graveolens

Dill leaves, also know as dill weed, is a versatile herb.  Dill is used in cooking to flavor many different foods.  Dill seed is used as a spice.

Cilantro

Coriandrum sativum

Also known as Coriander and Chinese Parsley.  Coriander refers to the seeds, which are used as a spice.  Cilantro is the Spanish name for the plant and refers to the leaves, which are used as an herb.  Cilantro is very commonly used in Mexican salsas and guacamole.

Basil

Ocimum basilicum

Also know as Sweet Basil.  Basil is used in cooking generally right before serving the dish as cooking quickly kills the flavor of basil leaves.

Chives, Garlic

Allium tuberosum

Also know as Oriental Chives, these chives have a mild garlic flavor.

Chives, Common

Allium schoenoprasum

Chives are a member of the onion family!  Chives form a bulb and the green stems are used in many prepared dishes. Flowers pale purple flowers form from April to May.  Green stems die back in the late fall down to the bulb and will grow new leaves in the early spring.

Thyme

Thymus vulgaris

Also know as Common Thyme and Garden Thyme, it is a small, aromatic shrub that is evergreen.  Thyme is commonly used as an herb for cooking.  The photo is the cultivar, English Thyme.

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