Monthly Archives: April 2011

Invasive Herbs

Some herbs can be invasive which means that once you plant them you may never get rid of them. That does not mean you should not plant them just be aware. If planted in a contained area such as a large pot you may not need to be concerned. I grow my mints in 16″ diameter pots.
Raspberries seem to be able to get through almost anything so I am experimenting: heavy duty landscape fabric on the ground, Square Foot Garden box on top (2′ x 10′), another layer of landscape fabric inside and up the sides of the box (stapled to the sides), and filled with Square Foot Garden mix. The raspberries are planted down the center with fence posts outside the box and wire strung for support.

Some of the invasive ones – common name followed by botanical name:
Comfrey Symphytum
Horseradish Armoracia rusticana
Mint Mentha
Raspberry and Blackberry Rubus
Sunchoke or Jerusalem Artichoke Helianthus tuberosus



Italian Parsley

Curled Parsley

Parsley is more than that green stuff that decorates your plate at restaurants. Parsley is high in minerals and vitamins and adds color and flavor to many dishes. Pesto, tabbouleh, and parsley potatoes are just a few of the dishes where parsley is used.
Parsley is the first green thing in my garden every spring.

Parsley is a biennial. The first year it grows leaves, the second year seeds and then it dies.
Although Curled Parsley is the one most people are familiar with Italian of Flat Leaf parsley are considered the most desirable for cooking. Hamburg Parsley is grown for its root. I grow Curled and Flat but have not yet tried Hamburg.

Parsley can be grown in full sun or part shade so if you felt that you had too much shade for growing herbs parsley may be one that would grow well for you. Like some of its relatives including dill, fennel, and cilantro, parsley is known for not transplanting well. I start mine in compressed peat pellets or my Aerogarden and have not hand any problems with transplanting but the root is disturbed less that way so that could be the reason. My curly parsley is planted in one of my asparagus beds where I let it reseed itself. The Italian parsley is planted in another 2 x 4 Square Foot Garden bed where I let it reseed. This gives me a continual supply of parsley without the need to replant every year. In fact I have only needed to replant when I move.

Parsley recipes

More Parsley recipes

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