Herbs

Basil – Care

If you buy seedling basil plants from a nursery and plant in April, you’ll be picking fresh leaves by mid-May. Basil planted from seed (less expensive, of course) won’t be ready for picking until June. Try a purple-leaf or curly-leaf...

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Garlic

Allium sativum taken from The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Book by Walter Reeves and Felder Rushing Garlic is a hardy perennial bulb that is grown as an overwintering annual. The bulb actually consists of a cluster of small bulblets called...

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Lemon Balm

Melissa officinalis taken from The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Book by Walter Reeves and Felder Rushing Perennial. Thomas Jefferson grew Lemon Balm in his garden at Monticello. This upright plant (24 inches) has hairy, square, branched stems. The dark green...

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Lavender

Lavandula spp. taken from The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Book by Walter Reeves and Felder Rushing Perennial. English Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is the best known but least adapted to growing in the Southeast. Look for hybrids such as ‘Dutch’, ‘Provence’...

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Hyssop

Hyssopus officinalis taken from The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Book by Walter Reeves and Felder Rushing A native of southern Europe and Asia, hyssop has been used for centuries as a flavoring in soups, stews, or teas and may be...

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Fennel, Finocchio

Foeniculum vulgare Foeniculum vulgare var. dulce taken from The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Book by Walter Reeves and Felder Rushing Fennel is a European herb known for its aromatic seeds and tender, fragrant leaves. This herb has a wonderful anise-like...

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Dill

Anethum graveolens taken from The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Book by Walter Reeves and Felder Rushing Dill is a common herb that has a place in every garden because of its many culinary uses. Just a few plants provide enough...

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Oregano, Greek

Origanum heracleoticum (True Greek Oregano) taken from The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Book by Walter Reeves and Felder Rushing Oregano is an easily grown semi-hardy perennial that will reach 18 inches in height. Cooks flavor Mexican and Mediterranean dishes with...

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Rosemary

Rosmarinus officinalis taken from The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Book by Walter Reeves and Felder Rushing Rosemary is a small, woody shrub, marginally hardy north of zone 7. Even so, gardeners grow it as a perennial, dutifully lifting and potting...

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