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Good herb seeds to plant for cooking use

Posted by cherryblossom99 60805 (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 20, 10 at 10:27

I am looking for very low maintenance herb seeds to plant for cooking. So far I have planted in the past: basil, which was good. Right now I have cilantro, dill, and parsley going. Parsley's definitely the winner with ease and amount produced. Dill is a little delicate but good. Cilantro "bolted" and is almost all flowers, oh well. I will not replant cilantro. What are other low maintenance herbs I can plant that are easy and DON'T involve a lot of re-planting often?

How are oregano, chives, and mint?

This is my 1st post, thanks! :-)


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RE: Good herb seeds to plant for cooking use

Chives are perrenials. If you find a spot in your garden for them you may never need to start them again. Pretty purple flowers in the spring.

Watch out for mint. It is very invasive and will take over. I like to plant mine in pots to prevent that.

Oregano, thyme, sage are all good, easy seeds to start. I like dill and cilantro, but you do need to "succession seed" them so you have a few new plants around. Rosemary is also good. You can overwinter it in a pot inside if is not hardy in your zone. I have a sweet bay that started as a seedling and is now quite a shrub - I bring it inside every winter.

The biggest question is what do you cook? If you're not going to use the herbs, it doesn't matter if they are easy to grow. I find it most rewarding to plant the stuff I use every day.

BTW, there are a zillion different basils ... lots of fun to experiment! Have fun!


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RE: Good herb seeds to plant for cooking use

Hi Susan, thanks for commenting.

I didn't know chives were perennials, that's great.

I forgot to mention - oops - that I was interested in indoor container planting for now. I have outdoor plants and pots but I wanted herbs I could use all year long inside.

I may try oregano, sounds good. And maybe rosemary. I am zone 5.

I cook Italian, Chinese, American everything. Yea, I am only interested in herbs I will use.

Thanks.


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RE: Good herb seeds to plant for cooking use

Maybe you want to try lemongrass? Also Thai Basil. It's sometimes fun to grow the stuff that is a special trip to the store!


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