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How to Grow: Basil

Learn about basil, including how to plant and grow them. Listen to Podcast: podcast transcript How to Grow: Basil A good Italian boy like me has to grow basil (Ocimum). I grew up eating tomato, basil and mozzarella cheese sandwiches. I freeze pesto cubes in summer so we can enjoy the flavor right through winter. If you can grow lettuce, you can grow basil. While I favor the Italian Genovese-type basil, there is a wide variety of other flavored basils to grow. Cinnamon, lemon, and anise-flavored basil all make for great additions to soups,...

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How to Grow: Overwinter Perennial Herbs

Learn about perennial herbs, including how to grow and overwinter them. Listen to podcast: I remember on one of my first trips to California I was walking along a garden and gently brushed my hand along this hedge. The smell surprised and delighted me. It was my first experience with rosemary. This perennial herb is a great edible landscape shrub in zones 7 and warmer. However, in Vermont it falls into the category of herbs that need protection to survive. Rosemary, scented geraniums, and lavender of some of the tender perennial herbs that...

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How to Grow: Dill

Most gardeners think of dill (Anethum graveolens) as that herb in pickles, but dill is much more. This easy to grow annual herb has ferny leaves (unfortunately called dill weed) and a flat clusters of yellow flowers. If you let the flowers mature, you can collect the dill seeds in late summer. Beside using dill in pickles and beans, I also like it in potato salad, egg salad, bread, soups, and various dips and spreads. I even cut and use dill plants in flower arrangements indoors. They have a great airy feel to them. Dill has an important...

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How to Grow: Florence Fennel

Learn how to grow Florence fennel including information on varieties. Listen to podcast: podcast transcript Although listed as an herb, I think of Florence or bulbing fennel (Foeniculum vulgare azoricum) as a vegetable. I've made a meal out of a fennel bulb. Once you get hooked on the licorice flavor of fennel and the juicy, crunchy texture, you'll be growing these 3-inch wide bulbs for grilling, steaming, or roasting. No Easter meal would be complete in my mother's house growing up without a marinaded fennel salad. There is also the...

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How to Grow: Parsley

One herb that grows easily in our climate is parsley (Petroselinium crispum). Whether you're growing the flat leafed Italian varieties or curly leafed parsley, they thrive during periods of cool weather but also survive the heat of summer. This biennial (flowers the second year of growth) usually dies in winter, but I've dug them up in fall, potted the plants and brought them indoors to enjoy for another few months before they stop growing. Parsley is not just a dark green garnish. The leaves are high in vitamins and minerals. I use...

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How to Grow: Cilantro

Learn all about how to grow cilantro, if you dare. Listen to Podcast: podcast transcript How to Grow: Cilantro My family is split on cilantro (Coriander sativum). I love it in Asian and Mexican foods, such as stir fries, soups, salsa, and burritos. My wife, Wendy, hates the flavor of it. She even will pick it out of dishes at restaurants. I love my wife, but I think she’s in the minority when it comes to cilantro. Cilantro is exploding in popularity due to the interest in Latin and Asian cuisines. It’s easy to confuse the look of cilantro...

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How to Grow: Italian Herbs

Learn how to select and grow Italian herbs in your northern garden. Listen to podcast:   What's the key ingredient to Italian food? I think it's all in the herbs. When you're enjoying your summer dinners potato salad, pizza and grilled meats you can thank some Italian herbs for making them so tasty. While basil gets all the attention (and rightly so), oregano, thyme and flat-leafed parsley also give Italian food that unmistakable flavor. Oregano and thyme are perennial herbs hardy to zone 5. They can survive the winter in our climate...

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How to Grow: Indoor Herb Garden

Learn about the best way to grow an indoor herb garden in your home this winter. Listen to Podcast: There's nothing like the taste and smell of fresh herbs in winter. Thyme, basil, oregano and rosemary all remind us of warmer days ahead, but why wait? You can grow your own herb garden indoors, right now. You just have to the right herbs in the right conditions. It's best to select herbs that grow well indoors this time of year. While cilantro and dill are tasty, save those for the summer garden. Mediterranean herbs, such as rosemary,...

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How to Grow: Microgreens

Learn how to grow microgreens indoors in winter to get a taste of greens on your salads. Listen to Podcast: Charles Warner once said, “Lettuce is like conversation: it must be fresh and crisp, and so sparkling that you scarcely notice the bitter in it.” After our recent cold snaps, finding crisp, fresh and sparkling lettuce in your garden may be impossible. Unless you have a greenhouse or a hoop house system, you're probably relegated to buying your greens. But you can grow your own greens indoors without an elaborate set up. Grow...

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How to Grow: Saving Herb Seeds

Learn how to save seeds from your own herb plants such as dill and cilantro . Listen to podcast:   This time of year it's usually a battle to keep my herbs from going to seed. We all know herbs like basil produce more and bigger leaves if you can slow the march toward flower and seed formation. But sometimes it's best to work with nature, instead of against it. Some herbs, such has dill, fennel and cilantro, produce seeds that are not only edible, but desirable. Cilantro seeds are also known as coriander, a favorite in Indian and...