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Old 04-07-2006, 10:48 AM   #1
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Started my herb seeds. Yippee!

I'm so excited......I just got done sowing my herb seeds in one of those Jiffy Seed Starter Kits. Now I just have to be patient and see what happens. Wonder how long before they sprout ..... I can hardly wait. 72 plants in all (after I thin them out later)..... oh well I couldn't help myself. I'll share them with family and friends. I also talked to my youngest brother in law yesterday and he's going to till up a garden for me. I'm excited is putting it lightly.

I went ahead and planted the rosemary and thyme seeds even though I read where you should just buy the plants from a garden center as they take forever to grow but I had them and thought what the heck I can at least try. If all else fails I'll go buy me some of those.

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Old 04-07-2006, 11:09 AM   #2
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Blessings on those seedlings!!!! I have always wanted to do this but my plant growing skills stink! I guess I have to be bad at something!!
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Old 04-07-2006, 11:15 AM   #3
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I know the excitment you are feeling. That is so great! I can't wait to get my garden going this year. I am expanding it by 50% this summer so I plan on having a lot more items than the last two years.
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Old 04-07-2006, 11:18 AM   #4
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Well as far as the vegetable garden I'm sticking with 8' x 10'. I guess thats what they recommend for 1st timers so they don't get overwhelmed. And as herb happy as I was this morning its probably best. Now if my seed catalogs would just get here I could get my veg. seeds ordered.
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Old 04-07-2006, 12:35 PM   #5
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I've never started Rosemary from seed, but Thyme sprouts & grows fairly quickly. Parsley is another one that everyone says takes forever, but mine has been up & growing already in under a week.
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Old 04-17-2006, 10:25 AM   #6
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My herbs are growing.....yippee!!! I thinned them out 2 days ago. Their sitting in a sunny location and I can't wait for the lil buggers to get big and strong.

Surprisingly even a few of the rosemary seeds have sprouted.

I just wonder how long its going to take for these to be big enough to transplant.

Hey Breezy.....yea I think I goofed and meant Parsley instead of the Thyme. But its growing just fine from what I can tell.
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Old 05-10-2006, 04:43 PM   #7
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Well I ended up giving the herbs I started away. The cat decided to eat most of them and the ones she didn't were pretty stragly. I ended up going to the garden center and buying nice size plants.

I bought 2 more basil plants today as I have 2 planted but thought I could probably use more.

Anyone heard of cinnamon basil? I saw this today but didn't buy any.
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Old 05-10-2006, 05:58 PM   #8
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Sizzlin, don't feel bad about your plants not doing well. They don't get the overhead/all around light they would in the greenhouses, and home temperatures are too warm. Both those factors cause weak, spindley stems.

There a many cultivars of basil. The large leafed sweet basil is the best for general use, but the others are worth trying if you have room, and a lot of them don't get as large, making them better for pots.

Here a few common types:
*Cinnamon basil has a heady cinnamon fragrance, nice for Mediterranean cooking.
*Thai basil is kind of minty and peppery, and good in Thai cooking. (surprise)
*Lemon basil has a lemony scent that goes great with fish and vegetables.
*Spicy Globe basil has the scent of the big leaf type, but has tiny leaves, and grows in a pretty little mound, great for pots and borders.
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Old 05-11-2006, 04:50 PM   #9
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Thanks Const! I was so psyched to when they started sprouting. Oh well at least now I know to just buy the plants.

Here's what I have in my herb garden so far:

Chives
Dill
Basil
Rosemary
Thyme
Oregano
Parsley
Marjoram
Sage

Will all these come back every year? Or will I have to replant them?

Also, any other recommendations to add.
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Your chives will definitely come back every year.

Rosemary, thyme, & sage should come back as well, but are sometimes iffy depending on how severe/wet the winter weather is.

Dill, basil, & marjoram are annuals, so have to be replanted every year.

Parsley is a biennial, & so should come back the 2nd year, but will quickly bolt & set seed, so should also be sown fresh every year.
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