Culinary herbs for short-season gardens by Ernest Small

By Ernest Small

Culinary Herbs for Short-Season Gardeners has every thing herb fanatics want to know approximately cultivating annual and perennial herbs in USDA zones 1 to five anyplace snow sticks to the floor within the wintry weather, from Alaska to Pennsylvania. the right way to utilize a quick starting to be season, together with: selecting the easiest position for planting, delivering wind safety and chilly air drainage, construction raised beds, utilizing season extenders, seeding interior and outside, hardening off and transplanting, and mulching.

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6 to 1 m (2 to 3 feet) long. • Angelica has a long, hollow, grooved, round stem, and long, thick, fleshy, spindleshaped, reddish-brown roots. • Tiny, honey-scented, greenish-white flowers bloom in umbrella-like clusters, about 15 cm (6 inches) across, and have a delicate, sweetish fragrance. Flowers bloom from June to August in the second or third year of the plant’s growth. • When the yellowish, oblong-shaped fruit ripens, it splits into a pair of winged seed cases. • All parts of the plant—stem, leaves, seeds, and roots—are edible, and have a juniper-like flavor with a mildly spicy aftertaste.

Basil is perhaps the best accompaniment to tomatoes, and is essential in tomato paste and tomato-based sauces and for making pesto, that delectable Italian sauce made from crushed basil leaves, garlic, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, and pine nuts. • Add fresh leaves to salads. • Small leaves should be used whole. Tear large leaves rather than cut them in order to preserve their flavor. • When cooking with fresh basil, add the leaves towards the end of your recipe’s cooking time for maximum flavor and aroma.

It grows from 30 to 150 cm (1 to 5 feet) tall. • Serrated, compound leaves arise from a green stem, and vary in length from about 25 cm (10 inches) to less than 8 cm (3 inches) at the top. The bottom leaves alternate pairs of small and large leaflets. The leaves have a sweetish, apricot-like fragrance. • Woody rootstock is branched and spreading. • Long, pointed stalks produce numerous small, honey-flavored, yellow flowers that are reminiscent of church spires. Agrimony blooms from June to September.

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