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A few details on growing herbs in our garden and how they can be used in the kitchen

A few details on growing herbs in our garden and how they can be used in the kitchen

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  • 1. Growing andcooking gardenherbsNorth Carolina Cooperative ExtensionServiceMay 20th, 2013
  • 2. Special thanks!Click here for today’srecipes From WildIndigo Catering
  • 3. Herbs• Annuals- Basil and cilantro• Perennials- chives, mint, parsley, sage, tarragon,thyme• Shrub type perennials- Lavender, rosemary
  • 4. Generalizations• Cheap seed• Usually have minimal insect and disease issues• Do not require high temperatures to grow• Do well in potted plants• Need well drained soil
  • 5. Healthy livin’ with herbs• A healthy way to add flavor to our food!• Much better than adding salt and fat• Many beneficial health effects
  • 6. Healthy livin’ with herbs• Basil- Basil herb contains exceptionally high levels of beta-carotene, vitamin A, cryptoxanthin, lutein andzea-xanthin• Chives- Chives are very low in calories; 100 g of fresh leaves provide just30 calories. Nonetheless, they contain many noteworthy flavonoid anti-oxidants, plant fiber, minerals, and vitamins that have proven healthbenefits.• Cilantro- contains no cholesterol; however, it is rich in antioxidants,essential oils, vitamins, and dietary fiber, which help reduce LDL or "badcholesterol" while increasing HDL or "good cholesterol" levels.• Rosemary- The herb parts, especially flower tops contain phenolic anti-oxidant rosmarinic acid as well as numerous health benefiting volatileessential oils. These compounds are known to have anti-inflammatory,anti-allergic, anti-fungal and anti-septic properties.
  • 7. Potted vs. GardenWant them close to the housefor cookingSome not winter hardy, better ina pot.
  • 8. General tips for growing herbs• Start with good plants, free of disease and insects• Understand the growth pattern of your herb• Create ideal soil conditions for your herb ie-rosemary can handle hot, dry and alkaline soilsbetter.
  • 9. Planting• Follow guide to choose seed or cuttings. IE- Thyme,rosemary, mint and sage best propagated withcuttings.• Plant seeds in trays with good clean potting mix• Don’t let soil dry out too much
  • 10. Watering• Usually plenty of water here in T-County• Plant in well drained soil• Herbs don’t like wet feet!
  • 11. Further resources• NCSU’s herb page• NC herb’s page• Herbs for the home gardener• Purdue University’s herb advice
  • 12. Let’s eat!!