Culinary herbs for short-season gardens by Ernest Small

By Ernest Small

Culinary Herbs for Short-Season Gardeners has every thing herb enthusiasts want to know approximately cultivating annual and perennial herbs in USDA zones 1 to five wherever snow sticks to the floor within the iciness, from Alaska to Pennsylvania. how you can utilize a quick growing to be season, together with: settling on the simplest position for planting, delivering wind security and chilly air drainage, development raised beds, utilizing season extenders, seeding interior and outside, hardening off and transplanting, and mulching.

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Put pots in full sunlight. Plants need at least 5 hours of direct sunlight or 12 hours of artificial light daily. Don’t overwater. Keep plants bushy by picking off young tips. Dwarf varieties such as ‘Spicy Globe,’ ‘Minimum,’ and ‘Green Bouquet’ are ideal for growing on a sunny windowsill. Basil has a long history. It has been grown in Asia for over 3 000 years. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans all cultivated basil. ” HARVESTING NOTES • Harvest individual leaves at any time during the growing season.

CAUTIONS • Agrimony may cause some people to experience photodermatitis, a skin rash that appears after eating the herb and subsequently being exposed to sunlight. 30 Culinary Herb Compendium • Some studies have shown that agrimony can lower blood pressure. Don’t consume this herb if you are undergoing anticoagulant therapy or drug treatment for high or low blood pressure. • Agrimony is reputed to affect the menstrual cycle, so you should avoid it if you are pregnant or nursing. • Because agrimony tea has a high tannin content, it should be consumed in moderation.

Steam leaves and flowers as you would spinach or Swiss chard. • Use young leaves in soup, as a flavoring for yogurt, in curries, and in fish and chicken dishes. • Make a refreshing tea by pouring 250 mL (1 cup) boiling water over 15 mL (1 tablespoon) of crushed fresh leaves. • Float the flowers on a cool summer drink or punch for a pretty presentation. • Candy the flowers and use for decorating cakes and ice cream. In medieval times, borage flowers were embroidered on the scarves of warriors to aid them in battle.

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