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Old January 12, 2012   #16
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Jim Westerfield crosses mints & plants are for sale at Richters Herbs... ginger, grapefruit, berries & cream, marshmallow.... crazy! No Chocolate Orange though. I am going to raid the snack cupboard for some Clementines now!

http://www.richters.com/Web_store/we...=9107140.32298

and on the thread topic - there is a great variety of basil seed at Richters!

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Old January 12, 2012   #17
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Ginger is a good one. Haven't tried the berries & cream or marshmallow. Will have to recheck Richters...its been awhile. Thanks for reminding me, Nicky.

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Old January 12, 2012   #18
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You are welcome! I got the Mojito mint from Belgian Nurseries (on Hwy 7) last spring. It had a Richters tag on it. I am hoping that they carry a few more this year. Those Mojito leaves were BIG!
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Old January 12, 2012   #19
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I had the mojito last year and it was AMAZING! I think with the 8 basil types I also had the mojito mint and chocolate mint --but I had SO many plants in there there was no room for weeds and the mints couldn't fully "take" lol


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Old January 12, 2012   #20
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In 2010 I grew the following herbs:
Genovese Basil
Spicy Globe Basil
Sweet Basil
Dark Opal Basil
Lemon Basil
Lime Basil
Cinnamon Basil
Fine Verde Basil
Lettuce Leaf Basil
Purple Ruffles Basil
Queen of Siam Thai Basil
Orange Mint
Chocolate Mint
Pineapple Mint
Ginger Mint
Garlic Chives
Greek Oregano
French Tarragon
Mammoth Dill
Culinary Sage
Pineapple Sage
Summer Savory
Angelica


I think there were more...but also think that the list for those hasn't been updated on the computer yet. Seems I have some more paperwork to do....sighhhh
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Old January 12, 2012   #21
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Lol that's allways fun! --but then I get to totally overhaul my seed collection (new list new packaging EVERYTHING it seems and I don't expect it to be quick OR easy lol) hopefully lol I can start in 2 weeks and I have the ability to do everything I want to lol (my list is MASSIVE! Lol)


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Old January 12, 2012   #22
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Lemon basil is my favorite. Wouldn't have a garden without it.

Of course, I've only grown lemon, lettuce leaf, and regular old sweet basil. (And next year I won't grow the lettuce leaf. It had a strong, almost licorice flavor. I suspect it would be good in certain dishes, but we're really not big enough fans of licorice to give it the room.)
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Old January 12, 2012   #23
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I made the mistake one year of planting a type of Lime basil.. and now we can't get rid of it!! The thing self seeds like crazy!

It goes well on fish and with some teas, but I find it has the wrong flavor for most of my normal basil dishes.

Luckily, I also have a very delicious thai basil that seems to hold up in the heat. This one is my fave.
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Old January 12, 2012   #24
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I am not a big fan of the licorice flavored basils, but the thai basil's are so
pretty, and it is a good bee attracter. This is my Siam Queen. I will be
growing it again this year.

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Old January 16, 2012   #25
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I've never cooked with it, but cinnamon basil is the best smelling plant I've ever grown, imo. Every time I walk by it I have to brush it and take a sniff.
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Old January 21, 2012   #26
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Globe and Thai. I like the smaller leaves and the plants don't usually get so big that they are a problem.
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Old July 18, 2012   #27
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I'm kind of new to basil. I've only tried sweet, lemon, lime, "purple" and boxwood. I like the boxwood because I can just clip it like a hedge and it tastes great. I'm not crazy about the lemon or lime.
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Old July 19, 2012   #28
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I've grown many over the years, and will always have thai and lemon basil, and a sweet basil for pesto. I prefer sweet basil to genova.

Marseillais is my favorite sweet/ bush type though not the most resistant to mildew or fusarium. I have trialed many bush types. Greek Mini is also interesting for its camphor aroma.

Lucky Dance is a very aromatic lemon basil. I'd like to find a source for bulk seed.

Sweet Thai is a very aromatic thai basil but it doesn't yield as much as some like Siam Queen. Thai Magic looks vigorous and slow to bolt this year and Queenette was also very fragrant. I'm still looking for the perfect thai basil.

I have Cameo dwarf genova basil coming up and it looks very vigorous and compact, also have some later sown Summerlong to see if it's flavor resembles marseillais.
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Old July 19, 2012   #29
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My fav is Greek Columnar Basil- it doesn't go to flower, so no trimming necessary (I know it CAN go to seed, but in all my years of growing it, that has not happened). It makes a beautiful compact upright bush about 2 feet tall, and tastes really good.
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Old July 28, 2012   #30
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My favorite hands down is lemon basil. I have tried many of the different strains, they are all good to me. I dry it to make tea mixed with lemon balm, make a lemony paste like pesto for baked chicken or fish, and blend it with softened butter and chives to top baked or grilled salmon. Yum. Now I am hungry.......
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