June 4, 2014

In The Herb Garden in June


A month ago I rounded up all my pots and my herbs and made a container herb garden. I planted some with seeds - some new and some not so fresh - and some of the seeds have sprouted and grown, while others didn't. Here's what's happening in the herb garden in June.


Calendula

I planted some calendula seeds in a terra cotta pot that my children painted many years ago as a 4H craft. The year-old packet of calendula seed was rediscovered when I was cleaning out a drawer a few months ago; I am really surprised they grew, but I figured I might as well give the seeds a try.

Marigold

The marigold seeds are newly-bought, yet only one grew. It's kind of spindly looking. I need to plant more seeds; I had planned to transplant some into the veggie garden.

Sweet basil

I planted several sweet basil seeds in this rusty white enamel pot. Evidently when I watered it, the seeds were washed to one side. There are no plants in the middle, one on one side and all the rest are in this clump. I've moved one to another pot and will move a couple more of these to thin them out a bit. I use a lot of basil so I don't mind having extra plants, and the more pots in the herb garden, the merrier.

Purple basil

This strawberry pot is cute but not very functional. When I water it, the water and the soil run right out the holes. I tried to "fix" it with some cardboard pieces placed strategically to hold in the soil, but it was only semi-successful. Still, there are some little seedlings in the holes: a purple basil that might be opal or cinnamon basil, and another kind of green basil.


On my kitchen windowsill I have a pot of lemon balm and another of chocolate mint. I cut the runners off the chocolate mint and stuck them in a pot (above), and divided the lemon balm and put the smaller plant in another pot (below). I'm sure that's not the recommended way to propogate lemon balm, but it worked. Both new plants are growing well. The lemon balm prefers a little more shade than it gets in this location, so I keep it behind a bigger pot.


I was going to plant the paprika and cayenne pepper plants in the big pots on the ground, but they may have to go in the garden where the dogs can't reach them. I grew them all from seed, and wasn't happy when all but one of the paprika plants were eaten and crushed by one of the dogs. At least I still have one. The sweet bell and banana peppers, also grown from seed, are already in the garden. There are many big pots still empty; I think I'll put flowers in some of them since there are so many.

Rosemary

I also planted garlic chives, parsley and rosemary, but they weren't fresh seed and none of them grew. I'm determined to grow rosemary. I've killed three rosemary plants since moving here, even though it's supposed to be easy to grow. Somehow when I ran errands the other day I came home with another rosemary plant (above, repotted) and a packet of oregano seeds. I'm not sure how that happened.


The herb garden still looks bare but at least there is green now. I love brushing my fingers against each of the plants to release their scents, they smell so good.

Do you have rosemary growing? What's your secret to keeping it alive?


You might also enjoy:
The New Herb Garden
The Herb Garden in June
The Herb Garden in July
The Herb Garden in August
The Herb Garden in Late September
Ten Ways to Use Basil
How to Dry Homegrown Herbs


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16 comments:

  1. I love growing herbs also. I do have rosemary growing but I have not found it an easy plant to grow. I live in Florida and the humidity is sometimes too much for it. I also think it does not like too much heat so in the summer I keep it in semi-shade.

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    1. Thank you, Joan. I might move the rosemary and the lemon balm into a shadier spot then. I appreciate your comment!

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  2. I absolutely adore herbs. Your photos are just beautiful and I love the pots they are planted in! Like Joan, my rosemary is in partial shade. Maybe that's the key?? :)

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  3. Thank you, Staci. Yes, that might be the key! I know I had at least one of the former rosemary plants in direct sun on the southwest side of a building, so it was extremely hot and bright.

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  4. I love chocolate mint! I need to get some since I left it all behind when I moved. I've found that rosemary doesn't like my clay soil because it stays too wet. I would imagine it should be happy in a well drained pot. They also don't like humidity. Good luck with yours!

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  5. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead11:48 AM

    Isn't chocolate mint lovely, Julie? I wish you were close enough that I could share. Thank you for the tips on rosemary too.

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  6. Your posts are so peaceful and fresh looking! I enjoy reading them. Thank you for linking up with the Art of Homemaking Mondays. P.S. One thing I can't grow for the life of me is cilantro! They always dry up! I have never tried rosemary yet.

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  7. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead6:47 AM

    Hi Jes, thank you for stopping by. I'm trying cilantro for the first time. I'll try to be diligent about watering it so it won't dry out.

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  8. I am really getting interested in growing herbs and have found so many uses for what I already have in my garden. I have a new love for lemon balm and just can't use it enough!

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  9. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead12:01 PM

    Lemon balm smells SO good too! Thank you for stopping by and commenting, Tracy. May your garden grow bountifully!

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  10. Your herb garden is looking lively!
    Don't you just love an enamel pot?!

    I love the scent of herbs too, and often find myself rubbing them between my fingers just to enjoy.

    We have one rosemary by our mailbox facing north in full sun which gets watered by sprinklers a few times a week and the other is planted on the East side of the house and gets very little water. I know most herbs don't like wet feet. HTH!

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  11. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead1:20 PM

    Thank you, Daisy. I know I drowned one rosemary plant and probably didn't water the next one enough. Hopefully I'll find a good balance this time. We've had over 3" of rain this week, but at least the pot is well-draining.

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  12. I'm envious of your rosemary. I never have very good luck with it. I'm trying a new location this year, so I'm hoping for better results. Thank you so much for sharing on Green Thumb Thursday.

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  13. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead7:08 AM

    Thank you, Jessica. I hope your new location works out better this year. I think, for me, the "well-drained pot" might be key, instead of being planted in the heavy clay soil we have here.

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  14. I love rosemary, but have not had luck with seeds. But you can take cuttings off the plant you bought. The trick with cuttings is to root them in water in a blue Ball canning jar. I don't know why it works, but it does. I have tried a clear glass jar, but not had success, so I always use a blue jar.

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  15. Kathi at Oak Hill Homestead8:53 PM

    Linda, thank you for that tip. How funny that you've had the best results with blue canning jars. I wonder if it's the quality of light? I do have several blue jars, and plan to take some cuttings as soon as I think the rosemary plant is big enough, so I will give this a try. I want extras just in case!

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