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Comment by Julie Grinnell z5 MI on April 30, 2009 at 10:52pm
Lindsay, those mints sound wonderful! *wanders off to google*
Comment by Lindsay Wegert Zone 7a VA on April 30, 2009 at 9:53pm
Hi all!
I am brand new on GardenersIndex. I moved to Northern Virginia 10 years ago from Maryland. Nothing but shale rock to put the roots into! Now I LOVE rock, but I prefer it above the ground. So disappointing to an enthusiastic gardener. I had to bring in hardscape to raise the beds and dump truck load after load later, we finally are getting somewhere!
Talking about herbs, has anyone tried some of the new varieties like chocolate, apple and pineapple mints? I just planted some and they smell fantastic! YUMMMM!!
Comment by Sara P on April 28, 2009 at 3:56pm
I live in zone 8b (San Angelo, TX). My basil came back. I actually got a lot of "volunteers" this year. I like planting a lot together so when the wind blows, it smells fantastic. Unfortunately, it also makes me hungry.
Comment by Diane Meyers zone 6/7 Or. on April 27, 2009 at 8:42pm
Hi Samantha, Basil is an annual, but oregano, chives and sage are perennials. It all depends on what zone you are in, all three are considered tender perennials and could freeze. I am zone 6 and lost a 10 year old huge rosemary this winter. good luck
Comment by Samantha Fayne on April 27, 2009 at 8:32pm
I am wanting to start growing some herbs this year. I have some sweet basil and some oregeno. My neighbor is going to give me some chives and sage. Are all of these plants perennials and should I put them in containers or in a bed?
Comment by Lynn R. Hickerson on April 27, 2009 at 7:22am
Everything coming right along.... Planted more Italian parsley 2 days ago, and, so far, Katie (dog) hasn't dug up yet... :-)
Comment by Beverly Miller on April 26, 2009 at 5:44pm
Hi everyone. I am a new member here and have been growing flowers, herbs & veggies for several years. There is always so much to learn!
I always plant marigolds around my veggie garden and some zinnias.The marigolds help to keep critters away, so I heard, but I installed a fence to be safe. The zinnias are just because Ilike them.Both marigols and zinnias look pretty around the fence.Regarding the question about mixing herbs with other plants, I mix all types of plants with no problems except the issue noted below.

Here is a question for you; I have been trying to grow lavendar for many years. I am in CT, have a big area that gets sun all day, I have tried several varieties recommended for my zone but they never survive the winter here. Any suggestions, including "give up" dummy, would be appreciated. Thanks.
Comment by Julie Grinnell z5 MI on April 26, 2009 at 1:53pm
Friday I moved my Oregano to a big, stone planter that I have. I had read someone's comment, somewhere on this site lol, that Oregano is very invasive. Mine had already spread quite a bit since planting last spring. I had been trying to decide which bed to plant it in, but that comment decided things for me. Into the planter it went :) I also bought a basil and a thyme to plant with it. I still want to get cilantro and maybe some mint.

Contessa, I also planted marigolds in my garden last year. I was able to pick up a flat of 'distressed' marigolds for 3 bucks at Lowe's. They looked fine to me...only a few were affected from frost, but still grew fine.
Comment by jac on April 25, 2009 at 11:47pm
i always plant merigolds around my veggie garden. lots of info about companion. google it! thats what i did.
Comment by Contessa Dorner 7b/SC on April 25, 2009 at 8:35am
Hello, all! I know there is much to be learned about companion planting...but I have plants ready to go in the ground now. I understand that lavender, rosemary, and marigolds deter certain pests from the garden. Is it ok to plant them directly in my veggie garden, or will they impart their flavors to my veggies? I'm such a dummy about this stuff...but I am eager! ;0)

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