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Old February 23, 2015   #1
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I know it may be late in the year to buy my Herbs in seed form. I have a local Nursery that sells Herb Plants. I also know these will be higher in price. I would like Basil, Thyme, and Oregano maybe even Lavender. By buying plants and keeping my count down to three or maybe 4 Am I looking at more than say a couple bucks per? Beale.
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Old February 24, 2015   #2
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Basil is a fast grower. You've probably still got time to start it from seed. The rest are slow growers and you probably want plants.

If you like cilantro, it grows fast, too.
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Basil is a fast grower. You've probably still got time to start it from seed. The rest are slow growers and you probably want plants.

If you like cilantro, it grows fast, too.


Thank you for that! I also love Cilantro! Beale.
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Old February 24, 2015   #4
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I just started my basil last week, Beale. Now is the perfect time. The other herbs you mentioned are perennials so if you buy the plants, around here you'd only need to buy them once. I overwinter mine outside and they're fine. Oregano and Thyme would just the one time expense. Basil is grown as an annual so all you need is a packet of seed.
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everything but the lavender is easy to start from seed and much cheaper. Splurge by spending the savings on the lavender. You will be fortunate to find any of them for less than 4.00 each for a decent sized pot.

I start all the rest by filling a flat and sprinkling the seeds over the surface, spritz with water, cover them with plastic so they don't dry out and keep them out of direct sun so they don't' cook and they will be germinated in less than a week, most likely.

Direct seed your cilantro wherever you want it to grow. It does not perform after being transplanted. It will go straight to flower. Every week or two toss a few more seeds out to germinate. Once you see a flower start to develop there isn't much to work with for culinary use. You can use the flowers in place of the leaves. they taste just like the leaves.
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Thanks! To Both of you!! Lavender is just so Pretty and smells so Good. In NC we had a Lavender Farm. They even made Lavender Ice Cream! Beale.
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All parts of cilantro AKA coriander are edible the seed and even the roots.


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Beale... Message me with your addy and I'll send you some seed of different types of Lavenders.

Worth... Very interesting about being able to eat the Cilantro roots.
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Beale... Message me with your addy and I'll send you some seed of different types of Lavenders.

Worth... Very interesting about being able to eat the Cilantro roots.
Thank you so Much!! PM sent, Beale.!
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I can send you some culinary thyme seeds. Very easy to grow from seed. Mine germinated in five days. PM me your address and I will send out this week.

P.S I think I have some Organic Cilantro left. I will send some along with the thyme.
I start some Cilantro seed inside for early plants in pots. It does just fine. Then I direct seed more in late spring .

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Thank You also!! Beale!
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These are my views based on what I need for a steady supply year round.

Basil is easy and can be started late inside or out. Grows good under tomato's

Thyme can be difficult to start but easily over wintered from established plant.

Rosemary is also difficult for me to start. Once established it is easily overwintered in window.

Sage is easier in the garden.

Cilantro is easy and somewhat invasive if you let it seed. I direct sow in the garden and bend it out over the edge to collect coriander seed.
Fennel is great direct sown in patches by themselves so I can collect seed.

Dill is also great direct sown in patches so it is ready for pickles.

Oregano is also somewhat invasive and needs it's own controlled space outside.

Parsley grows good in patches under tomato's

I use all these to flavor homemade sausage, soups and in all my cooking. You just need to keep track of your personal usage so your in a steady supply. So I might by a thyme, rosemary and oregano if the seeds don't take or I know in the end it will save me the effort.

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I can send you some culinary thyme seeds. Very easy to grow from seed. Mine germinated in five days. PM me your address and I will send out this week.

P.S I think I have some Organic Cilantro left. I will send some along with the thyme.
I start some Cilantro seed inside for early plants in pots. It does just fine. Then I direct seed more in late spring .

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I got your Seeds!! Thank you so much!! I had to go buy a bit more potting soil! I have them all planted now in a tray. Thanks again! Beale.
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Beale... Your lavender seeds should be arriving tomorrow or Sat, hopefully.
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I got your Seeds!! Thank you so much!! I had to go buy a bit more potting soil! I have them all planted now in a tray. Thanks again! Beale.
Your welcome!! Happy to hear they made it safely. Hope they all germinate well for you. I have transplanted mine and the little thyme seedlings smell so good!!

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