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Re: Herbs


Ceres - You lost English lavenders?  They should be hardy there.  The variegated varieties don't seem to be as hardy however.
Cathy - basil likes hot weather and sun. Was your summer on the cool
side?? Try the Genovese basil. It seems the most vigorous. That's the
basil most people use for pesto. Gets bigger than the other varieties I
plant too. The purple ones for color and the holy basil for potpourri do
well, but nothing performs like the Genovese!! I start mine from seed
indoors and plant them out when I put out my peppers (or tomatoes for
those of you who grow them). If you plant it before the soil warms up,
it won't be happy.


---------- Original Message ----------------------------------
From: cathy carpenter <cathyc@rnet.com>
Reply-To: gardenchat@hort.net
Date:  Sat, 29 Nov 2003 13:34:24 -0600

>I grow most of mine in containers on the deck for the same easy access. 
>But have creeping thyme out in the perennial bed, where I can 
>frequently continue to cut it into winter, and parsley in the vegetable 
>garden where it also lasts well into winter (until the temps get really 
>low) and being a biennial, I can get some in spring to last me until my 
>new seeds sprout. Then I dig up the old roots (such fun!). My basil was 
>discouraging this year. Very stunted, with coarse leaves. Maybe I 
>picked the wrong variety??
>Cathy
>On Saturday, November 29, 2003, at 11:54 AM, Cersgarden@aol.com wrote:
>
>> In a message dated 11/29/03 11:49:53 AM, gardenqueen@gbronline.com 
>> writes:
>>
>> << Herbs are good low maintenance plants also - many are xeriscape 
>> plants
>> and almost all of them repel bugs and most four legged browsers. Life
>> w/out lavender?? Can't even imagine it. >>
>>
>> Pam, I have herbs.  Winter before last, I lost (2) lg lavenders that I 
>> had in
>> the garden for a number of yrs.  I tried the varigated last year & it 
>> did not
>> overwinter.  I didn't get it replaced this year.  Parsley, chives & 
>> mint are
>> kept near my kitchen door for easy access.
>>     I visited a garden this year that had a long hedge of lavender.  I 
>> would
>> have loved to have viewed this when in bloom.  It looked like the 
>> photos you
>> see in an English garden.
>>     Ceres
>>
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