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Old 02-19-2012, 09:28 AM   #31
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My Mom has a jungle in her house...I did not inherit that gene, I got all the fun stuff (high blood pressure, heart disease...). What I don't neglect/overprotect, the cats will decide it's good for eating. I kill cactus...
Heh, my grandpa was City Forester of Portland, Oregon and taught at Ohio State and my dad has two degrees in horticulture from Ohio State.

And then there's me.
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Old 02-19-2012, 09:31 AM   #32
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My Mom has a jungle in her house...I did not inherit that gene, I got all the fun stuff (high blood pressure, heart disease...). What I don't neglect/overprotect, the cats will decide it's good for eating. I kill cactus...
I do recall killing cactus when I was younger. My mother has a jungle also. I still have to be careful with my selections. I can't say I have a great green thumb, just a partial one ha ha
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Old 02-19-2012, 09:46 AM   #33
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Heh, my grandpa was City Forester of Portland, Oregon and taught at Ohio State and my dad has two degrees in horticulture from Ohio State.

And then there's me.
That's why your charcoal is damp...too much green...
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Old 02-19-2012, 09:48 AM   #34
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I do recall killing cactus when I was younger. My mother has a jungle also. I still have to be careful with my selections. I can't say I have a great green thumb, just a partial one ha ha
I have faith that you will be able to grow some herbs in your Condo. Anything comes my way and I will memorialize it in your name.
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Old 02-19-2012, 09:49 AM   #35
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Basil is easy from seed--I just started a number of pots full indoors. I plant it in-between my tomatoes. It seems to keep the big green hornworms away, and the shade offered by the tomato plants keeps the basil from bolting, so I have basil all summer. There are many varieties of basil--purple, Thai, lemon, a little one that turns into a round ball of leaves--so go wild!

I would go for plants for most of the rest of those herbs--seeds sometimes don't come true to the parent plant, so you have a better chance of getting what you want from a clipping or started plant.

They all need plenty of light--they will be leggy and weak if they don't get enough.
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Old 02-19-2012, 09:52 AM   #36
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This has been a very interesting thread. I'd like some advice on a rosemary plant in my yard, please. I'm in SW FL, with temperate but distinct rainy and dry seasons. I have a rosemary in a dry location - it's about 2 feet high. I moved it a few months ago and it lost nearly all its leaves/needles but has now recovered and the tops are greening up again, even showing a few flowers. But the lower stems are still naked. Should I cut it back close to the ground and let it regrow from there or is that too drastic?
Rosemary can be shaped into a type of topiary. As it's a woody plant, I would be hesitant to cut it back to the ground, TL. Maybe prune off the dead lower branches, might look kind of interesting.
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Old 02-19-2012, 09:55 AM   #37
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One manicure for Rosemary, coming up...
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Old 02-19-2012, 09:59 AM   #38
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Basil is easy from seed--I just started a number of pots full indoors. I plant it in-between my tomatoes. It seems to keep the big green hornworms away, and the shade offered by the tomato plants keeps the basil from bolting, so I have basil all summer. There are many varieties of basil--purple, Thai, lemon, a little one that turns into a round ball of leaves--so go wild!

I would go for plants for most of the rest of those herbs--seeds sometimes don't come true to the parent plant, so you have a better chance of getting what you want from a clipping or started plant.

They all need plenty of light--they will be leggy and weak if they don't get enough.
I direct seed my basil outside, always end up with a goodly amount. I like to plant some around my tomatoes too.

I agree, buying the plants or doing cuttings is the way to go for most herbs.
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I'm also looking for a really nice pot to grow a bay laurel. Not that I'd use it much, it just looks really cool!
I found a bay laurel a few years back and was so excited with it then I had to move and it died I have never found one again, I am lucky just to find the basic herbs around here!

I have been wanting to plant stuff already, I can't wait until spring hits and all the greenhouses are open. I love walking in them, everything looks so pretty and fresh. I don't think I need to get excited too soon, we are under a storm warning for the biggest snow of the year.
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