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Growing herbs on the balcony

Postby Monica16 » Mar 30, 2009 2:44 pm

Last year I started a little herb garden on my balcony. I had rosemary, thyme, basil, mint and chives, plus lovage - I absolutely love it in soups and it's impossible to find fresh in Canada (if you know a place, PLEEASE let me know). The problem is, I kept all my containers outside during the winter and don't know if the plants have survived. Any idea what I should do this year? I'm not gardening savvy at all, so I really need guidance and advice.
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Re: Growing herbs on the balcony

Postby B_BQ » Apr 11, 2009 1:01 pm

Hi Monica:
I also used to grow herbs in pots on a balcony outside my kitchen. None ever over-wintered, and I treated them all as annuals, even those which, if planted in the ground, would be perennial. I also used to grow lettuce in a pot. Have you thought of a large pot with a patio tomato in it, with some basil seeds. With the lettuce, tomato and basil, instant salad! :lol:
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Re: Growing herbs on the balcony

Postby Adrien » Apr 12, 2009 4:33 am

Monica, many beginning herb gardeners may have a problem deciding which herbs to plant because of the large number of herbs from which to select. A quick check of your supermarket shelf will give you some idea of the types of herbs used in cooking and also will serve as a planting guide. Many cookbooks also offer information on uses of various herbs as flavorings.
Following is a good variety of flavors and uses of recommended herbs for beginners:
Strong herbs -- winter savory, rosemary, sage
Herbs strong enough for accent -- basil, dill, mint, sweet marjoram, tarragon, thyme
Herbs for blending -- chives, parsley, summer savory
Whatever you choose, you will not make a mistake!
Best of luck! - Grow bigger, better, juicier vegetables!
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