Early Herbs, Edible Flowers and Yummy Edible Flower Recipes!


| 1/22/2013 8:16:00 AM


Tags: Early Herbs, Edible Flowers and Yummy Edible Flower Recipes, Jean Smith from The Garden Gate Farm,

Only 59 more days till Spring.... ahh! Yes, that doesn't sound so long at all. The sun is shining midst the cold air bringing happiness to my day.  I long for that warm feeling that only a bright sunny day can give.  I am a firm believer that too many cloudy days start to make people feel just like the day looks.  The birds are chirping outside my window right now and it just feels good! The hoop house is growing beautifully despite the cold and snow that surrounds it outside.  The spinach's should be just about ready to cut along with the chard... oh yum! After I am done writing this that is my destination along with green house.  I am excited about getting all the seeds started for this summers bounty in the fields... oh the dirt... that beautiful dirt that I long to dig into!

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Most of you who have been readers of Dragonflies know my love of Herbs... gardening offers so many options for those who love the dirt. You don't have to love veggie gardening to have exquisite flower gardens... you don't have to want a Potager Garden to experiment with the world of Herbs. Even within the herbs that are available you can choose between Medicinal or Culinary. Gardening is a world filled with options for anyone who wants to take the time to explore his or her passions.  Personally I don't mess too much with medicinal herbs, other than a few like Comfry and mints.  It's just not my thing. Don't get me wrong, I am very thankful for those that do, because I do utilize them in my life, but I prefer to grow the culinary ones... basil, oh the love of my life in the herb world and parsley, what would I do without her? There is also the world of house plants and cacti... I also don't get into that very much.  I love to be outside too much probably.  But now is the time that you too can start a small herb garden right in your own kitchen on a sunny window sill! I would recommend using a window box planter because this will allow the plants more room to grow and spread their roots out! Get out those beautiful seed catalogs, cozy up with a cup of tea or coffee and peruse them until you find a few new and exciting things you want to try.

Here are a few varieties of Basil and Parsley that I love and recommend!

~Basil- Most people grow Genovese because that is what is more commonly found in stores. But if you do a bit of research, the best basil out there is called Pesto (can be found at Territorial Seed Company). It is a large leaf basil that explodes with true basil flavor.  I also like Large leaf or sometimes referred to as Lettuce Leaf, this is a bit more common. The world of Basil is extraordinary! Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds (www.rareseed.com) has over 15 varieties... and there are more!

Try Lemon Basil as well... superb on fish and chicken dishes! Purple Ruffles is both beautiful and delicious and looks stunning in a fresh garden or in a bouquet! When she blooms she is just magnificent.




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