By Ernest Small
Culinary Herbs for Short-Season Gardeners has every thing herb fans want to know approximately cultivating annual and perennial herbs in USDA zones 1 to five at any place snow sticks to the floor within the iciness, from Alaska to Pennsylvania. methods to utilize a quick becoming season, together with: determining the easiest position for planting, supplying wind safety and chilly air drainage, development raised beds, utilizing season extenders, seeding interior and outside, hardening off and transplanting, and mulching.
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Harvest roots in the fall. In the 1st century AD, the Greek physician Dioscorides prescribed a caraway tonic for young girls of pallid complexion in the belief that it would restore color to their cheeks. CULINARY USES • Add fresh young caraway leaves to soups, stews, and salads. Try cooking the older leaves like spinach, but be prepared for a stronger, spicier flavor, like that of the seeds. • Cook the roots and serve them as you would carrots or parsnips. • Caraway seeds are widely used to flavor and season rye breads, cakes (they are a fine substitute for poppy seeds in old standbys such as seed cake), biscuits, cheeses, omelets, pasta, soups, salad dressing, applesauce, rice, and seafood.
Indoor plants should be potted in moist, but not soggy soil that is supplemented with lime. Plants need at least 5 hours of direct sunlight daily. Prune as required, as plants are inclined to become scraggly. The generic name Nepeta comes from the Italian town Nepete, where catnip was once cultivated. HARVESTING NOTES • Pick leaves for fresh use at any time throughout the summer, although the taste is milder if you pick the leaves before the plant flowers. Collect the leaves in the morning, after the dew has evaporated.
Bergamot is particularly attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, and bumblebees. • Both flowers and leaves may be eaten. Bergamot CULTIVATION NOTES • Bergamot does best in rich, moist, slightly acid, well-drained, highly organic soils. Add 1 cm (½ inch) compost each spring. 5. • Prefers slight shade, but does tolerate full sun. Plants must be kept moist during dry weather. • Start seeds indoors, or in cold frames outdoors, about 8 weeks before your last spring frost date. Sow indoor seeds 6 mm (¼ inch) deep; outdoor seeds 1 cm (½ inch) deep.