Debbie's Garden

  (Dallas, Georgia)
An herbal experience!
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Beautiful day!

What a glorious day it was today....the weather so nice and mild, not too hot or too cool. Too bad it can't be this great every day! I spent most of it outside in the garden, weeding and harvesting herbs, mostly basil.  I hung a lot of it to dry, and some went into the oven on 170 for a speedier dry! Gathered lots of seed as well......mostly different varieties of basil....and the neverending hyacinth bean and lavender moonflower! It's been a great year for those, and I am having a sale in the localharvest store, buy one get one free, in case you need either of those. So very blessed to have spent the day working and relaxing in the yard. Happy Fall Ya'll!  debbie
 
 

Finally!

Hi, hope everyone is having a great day so far! I have been getting some MUCH NEEDED garden time today, taking a break for a few minutes. We had some good rain yesterday, finally, after about a week of scorching temps.....the basil had to go in the shade for a while it was so hot! Getting a handle on the weeds cropping up, and checking to see if anything new...a few marigolds have poked up since last i checked.  Green beans are blossoming again.  I'll be back later to let you know how I fared in the garden section at Lowes...I have a $35 gift card that is burning a hole in my pocket and i bet they have some plants i need....lol! See ya later!  debbie

 

 

 
 

Basil, basil and more basil

Do you know.....there are OVER SIXTY varieties of BASIL??  I've only grown maybe about twenty or so.  Basil is one of the most widely-used herbs in the world.  Whether it be fresh pesto, spaghetti sauce, or just throw some fresh (or dried) basil on a tomato sandwich, basil is a very versatile herb. It has medicinal qualities, too. One use is as a tea to help settle the stomach.   

Basil is a member of the large mint family, and is known botanically as Ocimum basilicum. It has long been used as an embalming and preserving herb, found in mummies of ancient Egypt (Get out!) Perhaps because of its embalming usage, basil was also a symbol of mourning in Greece where it was known as basilikon phuton, meaning magnificent, royal or kingly herb.

Basil may have originated in India, however ancient records from 907 A.D. indicate sweet basil in the Hunan region of China. Basil is also known as St. Joseph's wort. (NOT to be confused with St. John's Wort).  Today, basil is not only used as a food flavoring, but also in perfumery, incense, and herbal holistic remedies.

At this time I am growing the following varieties:  Sweet basil, genovese basil, large leaf italian basil, boxwood, spicy globe, purple petra, ruffles, blue spice, cinnamon, lemon, lime, opal, amethyst, Christmas....I love them all!

Ya'll have an HERBY DAY!  debbie

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Update on the herbs

Hi all! Got new basil seed the other day, and planted them. Soon I will (hopefully) have Basil - Christmas, and Basil - Purple Petra (i have a few of those left from earlier this spring). We've had such a cool spring here in Georgia, that the basil has been slow to grow. Hopefully the weather will be a little warmer from now on!  I have other new varieties I have yet to plant, will try to work on that in the next week or so.  Also received some fresh culantro seed. Culantro is a perennial, and has almost the same flavor as Cilantro, and it's hardy when it's hot, unlike cilantro! So I am getting some of those going, and also some more fennel.  I will be going out to the Marietta Square Farmer's Market again this Saturday with my herbs, 9am to 12noon....hope to see you there!  Have a great weekend!!  deb
 
 

On the Porch

Well I couldn't stand it! In my last post I mentioned it was raining and I guessed I'd be inside....or on the porch.....well, the porch won! I transplanted some purple petra basil, and some opal basil. Then proceeded to plant some tarragon (never grown it from seed before so this should be interesting), some GREEN RUFFLES basil, which I've also never grown before, but i do like to grow different types of basil.  I also planted some East Indian Lemongrass. Tomorrow I will be dividing and repotting tomato plants and various types of peppers, and pray they will grow a bit before the Plant Sale in April! My friend Michelle said she wants some of those bell peppers - the variety i planted is Big Dipper. Also have cayenne and sweet banana coming along....my friend Linda gave me some heirloom tomatoe seed the other day, and even though it's kinda late, i went ahead and planted them anyhow....can't hurt, i'll just have a late harvest :-)  Hope everyone else had a pleasant and productive day.
 
 

spring!?

Hi everyone, it's been a few weeks so i thought i would update your all on the babies in the greenhouse! I have seedling basils(lots of varieties), chamomile, catnip, lavender, oregano, thyme, and the tomatoes and peppers are coming up and looking good! A few other stray weird plants...i like a challenge and have planted some Fenugreek just for fun, it came up right away so it wasn't much of a challenge!  Outside, in the garden, i planted onion and bibb lettuces. My radishes are up, garlic is doing well, tarragon is peeking through the soil and i have romaine and baby lettuce mix going strong. Cilantro and dill, they love the cooler weather, and are doing just fine! Of course, the ever present PARSLEY...not just for me, but for the butterflies too. I'm getting ready for our plant sale on April 18 at Point of Need Ministries, on Canton Road. We are having a festival type event, a BAND JAM, and many vendors will be present, including MOI with the plant sale! I will have irises, gardenias, butterfly bushes, coreopsis (perennial), mugwort, and a bunch of other plants, including the herbs....it will be a great sale! I was going to try to post a photo here....never done that before....of my plants "getting ready"!  Couldn't figure it out, so i'll try again later.....Ya'll have a great day, and pray the weather holds and spring is here to stay! HAPPY GARDENING!

 
 

SPRING FEVER!!!!!!!!!!!

Yea it's official, spring fever is here....LOL! I have all my little seed packs and have been in the greenhouse, and will be out there again today planting cinnamon basil, thai basil, purple basil, BRUSSELL SPROUTS, tomatoes, peppers.....yea my greenhouse will be overflowing....i rearranged to accomodate more plants, and realize i just was not using the space as wisely as i could have....it's cramped, but doable!  A good source for seed (besides me)  is Botanical Interests they are awesome! Lots of info on each packet, and reasonable priced, good selection, the whole nine yards.....so i have some new seed to plant from them. They have a website and blog too, and are a family owned company.  I can't wait to get out there and DIG IN.....!! Ya'll have an HERBY day!  debbie
 
 

Babies

The babies are up! Baby basils of the lime, genovese and lettuce leaf varieties! Also some morning glories and cyprus vines are  up....hopefully soon we'll have strawberry gomphrema and lavender as well. I've decided my greenhouse is defintely too small! I need much more room for all I need to start, or i'll just have to give it up! (yea whoever heard of a plant fiend giving  up? LOL!)  The rosemarys are doing well, seemed to have rooted (most of them). Now I need to start some moss curly parsley, oregano, dill, cilantro, to name  a few. Market will be here before I know it! I think I shall go see if i can find a bigger greenhouse....i'll let you know the outcome! Have an herby day! deb
 
 

Gorgeous Day

It was too gorgeous a day in Marietta, GA to stay in the house, no matter I had a ton of things to do inside as well! Got a head start on planting some herb seeds in the greenhouse! Planted some sweet basil, lime basil, large leaf basil, then some flowers, too ...strawberry fields gomphrena and cyprus vines & morning glories....even rooted some rosemary cuttings...ok enough for one day! It is, afterall, only FEBRUARY! Temps in the greenhouse have been "tropical" the past few days so hopefully the basil will be up in a few days, as usual! NEVERMIND it's supposed to snow on Tuesday....LOL! Balmy today, freezing tomorrow...you never know in Georgia! :-) Everyone have a great day!
 
 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! 2009 will be DEVINE!

Hello all, and HAPPY NEW YEAR! I'm glad to have entered another new year with localharvest.org. The greenhouse is keeping all the baby herbs warm, and before we know it spring will be here again. Until then....I got a new seed catalog yesterday and am spending my time "daydreaming" about growing new types of basil and such! Perhaps i'll order some, and get it going in the greenhouse. Can't wait for farmer's market in May, I miss everyone! And, i'm still shelling pecans, too.  I believe in doing two things at once (at least) and i can listen to music or on-tape books and shell pecans at the same time! Got to keep those hands busy! Dreaming up new herbal tea blends, too...can't wait to savor them, hot or cold! Truly i have been blessed beyond belief, and i can't wait to see what 2009 has in store for me! I'm off now, can't sit still too long.....! Have a great day!
 
 
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