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    PaulaG
    Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:56 am
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    It is officially spring in the western hemisphere. A great deal of the US has been blanketed in snow fall over the last several days but the stores are offering spring time bulbs and fresh herbs. Earlier this week I did a little cleaning of my container herb garden and discovered that I have rosemary, oregano and sage coming to life.

    I don't do a lot of planting until after Good Friday but do hope to get my garden in shape in the coming weeks. Typically I have rosemary, sage, oregano, mint and lots and lots of basil. In the past I have planted dill only to have it stripped clean. Last year I lmoved across country and will be embarking on growing herbs in a different climate.

    Plans are to get my herb garden ready for planting early next week and then do the planting weather permitting. I will do my container herb garden and then plan on experimenting with using parsley as a border along the back flower bed and planting a larger rosemary bush in the flower bed.

    So why are we talking about fresh herbs in the Diabetic Forum? Not only do fresh herbs help to liven up your food they also have many health benefits. While preparing this post I found a really interesting study on the 5 health benefits of fresh herbs.

    Studies have shown that rosemary can boost brain functioning.



    Parsley has high levels of apigenin. Apigenin has been shown to reduce the amount of tumors in certain types of breast cancer.



    A study at the University of Adelaide in Australia has shown that peppermint can have a soothing effect on IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).



    Studies are showing that the active ingredient in oregano, beta-chlorophyll, has a positive effect on inflammation.



    Sage and Thyme has high levels of anti-oxidants. Thyme is also a great source for A and C, as well as iron and dietary fiber.



    Please join in discussing the health benefits of fresh herbs as well as finding and making delicious recipes using herbs.
    Mia in Germany
    Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:14 pm
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    Great info, Paula! Love the inviting pictures, too - we so need some green in our life after all this dark winter.
    dianegrapegrower
    Mon Apr 01, 2013 10:29 pm
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    I live in So. California, so the weather is gentle. My sage is blooming, thyme and rosemary are greening up, parsley looks like it made it through the winter. Need to plant dill and basil this weekend, and I'll be all set. Fresh herbs are so wonderful to cook with!
    PaulaG
    Tue Apr 02, 2013 7:20 am
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    Mia in Germany wrote:
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    Great info, Paula! Love the inviting pictures, too - we so need some green in our life after all this dark winter.


    Thank you Mia. The photos were borrowed. I hope to have some wonderful photos coming soon.
    PaulaG
    Tue Apr 02, 2013 7:22 am
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    dianegrapegrower wrote:
    I live in So. California, so the weather is gentle. My sage is blooming, thyme and rosemary are greening up, parsley looks like it made it through the winter. Need to plant dill and basil this weekend, and I'll be all set. Fresh herbs are so wonderful to cook with!


    I love the fresh herbs! They are so wonderful to add to your cooking. I am really hoping to get some gardening done this week or no later than this weekend. The weekend was mild with temperatures in the low to mid-60's. Yesterday we were up to high 60's. Not sure if it hit 70 or not.
    Miss Fannie
    Fri Apr 05, 2013 8:13 pm
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    I live in South Carolina. I just started container gardening
    My oregano, thyme, basil, and sage. I have had lemon balm, mint, chives, and rosemary for several years. I have a hard time getting basil, parsley, and cilantro to do well. The herbs I adore the most are the ones I am having problems co-operating.
    Mia in Germany
    Sat Apr 06, 2013 2:27 am
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    Hi Miss Fannie wave.gif
    Great to see you icon_biggrin.gif
    Sounds like you're having a lot of herbs already.
    I found that cilantro seems to be a bit difficult to cultivate - at least here in Germany I never managed to get it growing.
    Miss Fannie
    Sat Apr 06, 2013 6:20 am
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    Hi Mia, I am trying to root some of the basil that I got at the market. Right now it is doing better than the little pots I planted from the nursery. My husband says that some of his online friends in New Zealand and Indonesia do not recognize cilantro. We tried to describe it as looking like flat leaf parsley, but could not describe the flavor. I am sure they know it by another name.
    Mia in Germany
    Sat Apr 06, 2013 6:33 am
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    Miss Fannie wrote:
    Hi Mia, I am trying to root some of the basil that I got at the market. Right now it is doing better than the little pots I planted from the nursery. My husband says that some of his online friends in New Zealand and Indonesia do not recognize cilantro. We tried to describe it as looking like flat leaf parsley, but could not describe the flavor. I am sure they know it by another name.


    I know that cilantro is also called coriander leaves or Chinese parsley. The taste is a bit citrus like and some people find it a bit soapy (I do icon_lol.gif ).
    As it is very common as an ingredient in chutneys etc. in Asia, I'm almost sure they know it.
    My DH once bought a bag of coriander seeds from a persian grocer which were meant for growing, but they totally don't grow. Next thing I'll do is buying a pot and putting it into my herb spiral, maybe it'll settle.
    Actually, I totally don't like the taste of it, but it has so many health properties that I think I should try to get accustomed to it.
    Miss Fannie
    Sat Apr 06, 2013 6:40 am
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    I pair it with avocado dishes and tomato salsas. The only problem I have with it is that it holds on to soil and takes time to get it clean.
    Mia in Germany
    Sat Apr 06, 2013 6:52 am
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    Yes, I've paired it with avocado, too, which makes it quite more pleasant.
    I have to see to the cleaning when I get it growing - right now I just get it in clean cut bunches at the grocery every now and then (rarely, actually).
    PaulaG
    Sun Apr 07, 2013 8:46 am
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    Miss Fannie wrote:
    I live in South Carolina. I just started container gardening
    My oregano, thyme, basil, and sage. I have had lemon balm, mint, chives, and rosemary for several years. I have a hard time getting basil, parsley, and cilantro to do well. The herbs I adore the most are the ones I am having problems co-operating.


    wave.gif This will be my first year in TN. I planted some basil, lavender, mint and rosemary yesterday. I have sage and oregano that are coming back from last season. The one thing I was told was to protect the herbs from the heat. Also make sure that the soil can drain well as they don't do well in soggy conditions.
    Miss Fannie
    Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:48 am
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    This year I am putting the basil and cilantro in pots so I can move them to shaded areas when it gets hot.
    Sharon123
    Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:03 am
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    I have chives, oregano, and thyme growing in old wheelbarrels(which are starting to fall apart). They make it through the winter, except the chives which come back every year. I have moved, just across town, but now have lots of spae to have a big herb garden. I plant lots of basil from seed every year and have plenty to make lots of pesto. I plant dill but only a few plants really grow well.
    PaulaG
    Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:53 am
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    Hi Sharon,

    We are going to have to get together real soon. I had the girls this weekend and handed them off to the other grandma yesterday. The weather was great and we spent the time planting and getting my garden cleared off.

    I planted some rosemary, parsley, pineapple sage, and lavender this weekend. I have some chives but will putting it in a separate container that I can keep away from the dog. I'll take some photos later today and see about getting them posted.

    Paula
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