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Fresh Herb Gardening

 

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Every year I plant fresh herbs in my garden. Oregano, mint and chives are my “regulars” that keep coming back every year. This year I took the time to do some research  and paid a visit to  my local garden nursery. Every year I try to choose a new and exciting addition to add to  my  herb garden and these photos are just a few of this years selections. Keep in mind I have quite a large herb garden and I tend to dry  and store them to be used all through the winter months. Below is a description  along with some of their uses in cooking. There’s nothing more flavorful than cooking with fresh herbs and spices that you have grown in your garden. Fresh herbs just bring your meals to life.  Bonne Appetite!

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The African Basil Plant

Is one of a few types of basil that is perennial. The leaves of African blue basil start out purple when young, only growing green as the given leaf grows to its full size, and even then retaining purple veins.  Goes well with pesto dishes.

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The  Bay Laurel Plant

The By Laurel Plant is a small Mediterranean evergreen tree with small blackish berries and glossy aromatic leaves used for flavoring in cooking; also used by ancient Greeks to crown victors The unique scent is also known for its bug repelling properties. The Bay Laurel is the perfect seasoning roasts, soups, and stews.

 

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The Vietnamese Coriander Plant

The top of its leaf is dark green, with chestnut-colored spots while the leaf’s bottom is burgundy red. The stem is jointed at each leaf. This herb’s leaves are  commonly eaten fresh in salads, soups, stews, fish and beef.

 

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The Curry Plant

The Curry Plant  is a compact pant with silver foliage and yellow blooms. Pick leaves at any time and use for seasoning salads, soups, meat dishes and more.

 

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The Sage Plant 

A perennial with hairy aromatic foliage and attractive edible blue flowers. Pick leaves at any time and use for seasoning fish, shrimp, pork, chicken, corn on the cob and chicken.

 

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The Rosemary Plant

Rosemary is an aromatic evergreen shrub with  leaves that  can be picked anytime  and used for  flavoring in foods such as stuffing and roast lamb, pork, chicken and turkey.

 

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The Lavender Plant

 

The Lavender Plant beautiful purple-tone blooms atop foliage that oozes fragrance on a sunny afternoon. Pick and dry flowers for seasoning desserts, such as cookies, cakes, and ice cream, or use as an edible garnish on a salad or fresh berries. Lavender blends deliciously with mint and lemon to brew a refreshing tea.

 

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The Dark Opal Basil Plant

The Dark Opal Basil Plant has purple leaves with pink flowers Opal Basil is a very high quality basil perfect for culinary use in any dish. It’s used in fresh or dried form and can be frozen for later use. It works particularly well in salads and stir fry.

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Sneak Peak of Don’s Personal Spice Garden

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The May 24 weekend has come and gone. Along with other’s I have been working on cleaning up my yard over the last 3 weeks and taking advantage the warm weather we have had this month. Every year I purchase my vegetable plants from Vandermeer’s Nursery & Garden Centre a local business here in Durham Region. Vandermeer’s has been around since 1976 and I love their story and their huge selection of plants, knowledge and customer service.

“Peter Vandermeer sold his share of his greenhouse business in Holland and emigrated to Canada in 1974 with his wife and daughter. Two years later, he purchased 5 acres in Niagara on the Lake and started building.

He began growing commercial chrysanthemums under contract, but this was not working out to his satisfaction, so he changed over to spray chrysanthemums. Eventually he started selling directly to wholesalers, which now make up 95% of our customer base.” to read more about Peter Vandermeer’s story and to find their location please  check out:    http://www.vandermeergreenhouses.ca/.

 

Years ago, a friend of mine was  in the process of reconstructing a retaining wall at his home. I took the opportunity to take home some of that retaining wall and build a raised spice garden in my yard. Let me tell you, these blocks were heavy but well worth the hard work! I came up with a simple design with what materials I had to work with and below has been my end result. I absolutely love it!

 

I have planted my assortment of fresh basil, thyme, oregano, sage, rosemary, chives, parsley and many more! Here’s a glimpse of my spice garden. Hope you enjoy!

 

 

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