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#712611 - 09/06/11 09:53 AM What was the first herb you ever grew?  
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When you started growing herbs, what was the first on you tried and how did it go?

#712639 - 09/06/11 02:05 PM Re: What was the first herb you ever grew? [Re: RebeccaG]  
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I don't think I started with just one and if I did I am not sure I could remember exactly which one!

My guess would be I started with parsley but quickly added cilantro, basil, rosemary, thyme and oregano. Over the years I have also grown dill, sage, lemon basil and others that escape me right now.

The first basil plant I grew went wild! I was able to divide and give away basil plants to other people - it kept going for quite awhile. I have not had a plant like that since.

#712734 - 09/06/11 07:56 PM Re: What was the first herb you ever grew? [Re: Allison_PCAdvice]  
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The first herb I ever grew was basil. What a difference in flavor between fresh and the bottled kind you get in a store. I've grown many other herbs since then, but still love basil. Since we moved to Texas, my basil goes crazy in the heat!

I just made a big batch of pesto the other night for dinner, freezing the leftovers for winter stew.

#712745 - 09/06/11 10:07 PM Re: What was the first herb you ever grew? [Re: joanj]  
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A friend of mine went north to nurse her mother through an illness in Maine and brought me back a pot of mint after remembering that I said I would love to have some for tea.

I had my doubts that a plant that was used to the growing environment in Maine would thrive in hot humid Mississippi summers but I put the pot in a semi-shady spot and kept it well watered and it did just fine.

Every time I brush past it the air is filled with the most refreshing minty smell! I just love it.




#712749 - 09/06/11 10:27 PM Re: What was the first herb you ever grew? [Re: msbaby]  
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My first herb was lemon balm. I was unaware of how invasive it can be and planted it in my front flower garden. It went wild, but I didn't mind...each time I cut the grass my entire yard smelled wonderful. LOL

#712764 - 09/07/11 12:08 AM Re: What was the first herb you ever grew? [Re: Helen Doll Making Editor]  
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My first were the basics - parsley, cilantro, basil. They didn't grow so well. One of my staff gave an excellent presentation on growing herbs so my second time around they grew nicely. I was even able to use them. Life happened and I neglected them so I'm starting again and hoping for an even better "crop". I've added lavendar and thyme.


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I grow basil, thyme and rosemary. The rosemary is going especially strong and is great to bake with potato wedges, garlic and olive oil! YUM

#713516 - 09/11/11 10:22 PM Re: What was the first herb you ever grew? [Re: Red Carpet Dresses]  
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With your first herb, did you have anyone close by to help guide you?


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