Sweet Basil -Great companion plant for tomatoes peppers and repels aphids and mosquitoes. A heavy producing, spicy-flavored herb that grows on bright green 24” tall plants with white, fragrant flowers. The flavor is so robust that it is often used in pesto and many other Italian dishes. This herb is a must-have for the home cook and gardener.
Lemon Basil - Lemon Basil has a wonderful lemon flavor and fragrance, which makes it well-suited for fish and other seafood dishes, as well as in vinegars, salad dressings, sauces and teas. It's Rick's favorite to add to salads and pasta dishes.
Sweet Thai Basil- Thai Basil has dark green leaves and purple flowers, and has a very sweet flavor that is commonly used in Asian dishes because of the wonderful flavor it brings to a dish. Anise flavor
Purple Basil- same great basil taste as sweet basil with purple color. Great in salads and great color for the garden.
Borage- enjoyed in the garden as well as the salad bowl; has edible blue flowers that taste like cucumbers and attracts bees and other beneficial insects. Good companion plant for tomatoes.
Chives- Said to repelJapanese beetles and aphids. Good companion plant for roses.Its mild onion flavor is perfect for vegetables, soups, eggs and more. It also produces edible purple flowers in the spring that are shaped like small lollipops. Try adding them to a salad for a colorful and flavorful decorative element! Chives grow in clumps that reach 2-feet tall. They make great edging plants in the garden, and also grow well in containers. Perennial.
Cilantro- slow bolt. Great for guacamole, salsa and more.
Dill-Attracts beneficial insects to your vegetable garden. A great addition to the garden because its uses are so diverse. The seeds can be used as a spice for making pickles, and the leaves can be used as an herb that is wonderful in salads and soups, and for flavoring lamb, fish, vegetables, and sauces.
Mint (Spearmint)- Best in a container since roots are invasive. popular herb amongst chefs and home gardeners. It can be used for its wonderful flavor as well as for its medicinal benefits. It is a cooling herb that helps with external inflammation, and internally it aids with digestion. As a culinary herb, it is also wonderful in mint sauce, jelly and tea. Grow in full sun/part shade for best results.
Nasturtium- flowers and leaves are edible with peppery taste. Good companion for beans, tomatoes, cucumbers and squash and is said to repel Mexican bean beetle, aphids and squash bugs.
Oregano- will thrive in a container. An excellent addition to pizza, tomato sauces, and other Italian dishes. In addition, it can be added to meats, cheese and egg dishes, vegetables, breads and shellfish. Medicinally, oregano tea aids indigestion and colds. Perennial.
Parsley- Italian Flat Leaf-- Culinary uses include salads, stews, fish, poultry, sauces, soups and more. Its dark green leaves grow on 12-18" tall plants. Parsley is a very nutritious herb with large quantities of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Makes a great companion plant.
Sage- Goodflavor to add to most foods. Use fresh, dried or frozen. Also a perennial.
Thyme- a perennial herb in our area, used to flavor meats, poulty, soups, stews, sauces, fish and more. Good beneficial insect attractant. Thyme also has medicinal qualities and is used to treat sore throats and cough, and can be used in tea and massage oil.
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