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Fall Garden Herbs, Vegies, and More…

October 12th, 2010 by Pamela Murski

With dill as the herb of the year, it is a good idea to start planting it in the garden soon.  Be sure to plant lots of its wonderful familial relatives such as parsley, fennel, lovage, cilantro, and chervil. Now is also a good time to start planting other cool season plants such as kale, broccoli, cauliflower, kohlrabi, chard,  spinach, lettuce, collards, mustard, turnips, beets, and such. Stick some of these into your flower beds for interest. ‘Redbor’ and ‘Winterbor’ kales with their dark purple or soft green leaves look great with pansies, snapdragons, calendulas, dianthus, chartreuse lettuces,  parsley and cilantro – the bonus is  you can eat them too!
Don’t forget that fall is also a great time to plant trees, shrubs, and bulbs. Roses are one of my favorite group  of herbs, and I’d recommend the following varieties: ‘Mutabilis,’ ‘Carefree Beauty,’ ‘Mrs. B.R. Cant,’ ‘Maggie,’ ‘Cecile Brunner,’ ‘Marie Pavie,’ ‘Cramoisi Superieur,’ ‘Madame Antoine Mari,’ ‘Belinda’s Dream,’ ‘Knockout,’ ‘Nacogdocehes,’ ‘Martha Gonzales,’ and, oh, the list could go on until your eyes started to glaze over.  Yes, you can have your roses and eat them too!

Thanksgiving is a good time to get your sweet pea seeds in the ground.  If your looking for a suggestion, my favorite  is an old variety named ‘Painted Lady.’ She has pink and white flowers, blooms early,  for a long time and is particularly fragrant.

Post me a comment and let me know some of your favorites!

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