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Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on January 21, 2011 at 11:51pm
I allowed my Italian sweet basil to explode with flowers, just to see what it would do. I planted it with a stand behind for support and a culinary bay near the front to provide structure. The basil leaves were wonderfully flavorful, and the plant branched profusely, then the severely cold weather nipped it. I trimmed it back and it is vigorously sending up bright green stems that taste wonderfully bright in tomato sauce.
Comment by Minako Sargent Fukuda on January 21, 2011 at 9:36pm
Hi charlie patin, you didn,t say if you had to bend down to tend to them, I watched the other day a program that handled gardens around the globe, and this guy is making living pics growing plants vertically , you can use your fence as a produce garden and do it standing up, use halfbowl shaped pots hang one below the other and use dripfeeding , if you anker them on your fence you can grow heavier crops too, put a foamrubber sponge in the bowl so the plant has something to grip for their roots enjoy!
Comment by Deborah Hamel (Z9a-9b Arizona) on January 21, 2011 at 9:35pm
Charlie - Thank you for the encouragement. The instruction is offered twice per year here in the Phoenix valley. I missed the November deadline for applications, and will not be able to participate in the summer. So, I have intentions to participate in the 2011-1012 fall-winter classes. I am excited to learn more.
Comment by Minako Sargent Fukuda on January 21, 2011 at 9:27pm
Hi Mr. Robert e Brown, I was reading your comment about this beetle can you put a pic on this page of what it looks like and what do to to control it, has it natural enemies and where and which countries is it found, I am in Australia I like conifers so I really took note of the comments, I know Australia has strict quarantine regs but not knowing what to look out for leaves as wide open!you didnkt say what profession you have, are you a horticulturist or one that has to do with beetles etc, sorry cant spell  that name they call that profession, I used to go with my father beetle and butterfly hunting and he did the cases like in a museum, so I am not obversed catching things like that, i even have a spider called after me in woodend ,s insectarium belonging to the huntsman group but never seen before, it was found in strath creek Victoria Australia where I used to live on a farm!,I am on skype and facebook please get back to me on all three this page included and see what else I can learn! like where is this beetle hiding has it preferences for certain things,and it certainly is worse than a locust in my humble opinion, we had a locust plague this year but my fruit trees in my backyard are doing fine, if we had this beetle I dont think so with what you said, what things are you an expert on so I wont bore you with questions you can not answers , waiting eagerly for your answer thanks again Miko
Comment by Lyn - Sydney on January 21, 2011 at 9:08pm

Muriel - I went to school in UK in 50's and 60's, so no paper tasting tests for us. Just dissecting things - yuk.

It is interesting to read other peoples likes and dislikes.  I guess it is a good thing we all have varied tastes, otherwise we would all still be eating only the most basic of foods - wouldn't we?

Comment by Muriel Fish on January 21, 2011 at 8:48pm
Did you ever have those paper tasting tests in biology class?  For some people, the paper tasted bitter and for others neutral.  For me  it was bitter.  Cilantro is one of those tastes that is good for some and not for others.  I can not eat red colored food.  I can taste the chemical.  I can not eat cilantro.  It tastes like dishwater.
Comment by Lyn - Sydney on January 21, 2011 at 8:18pm

Now something that really turns my stomach is bananas - cannot abide them and my two adult kids are the same.  When I buy them from the shop I have to put a plastic bag over my hand to pick them up as even the feel of them makes me cringe. My husband loves them, so unfortunately I have to allow them into the house!! Fortunately my chickens adore the skins, so everything gets disposed of very quickly!

No worries about me ever wanting to plant a banana plant in my garden!!

Comment by Charlie Patin Z8 TX on January 21, 2011 at 8:17pm
Thanks Diana,  Don't know why I ran a blank on Peggy Martin.  I've met Dr. Welch on a number of occasions.  He is also a LA native and got at least one of his degrees at LSU, I think his PhD.  His wife was from LA also.
Comment by Charlie Patin Z8 TX on January 21, 2011 at 4:52pm
Lyn, Have to laugh at your cilantro comments.  I love it but my wife can't stand it.  Says it "stinks".  It's used a lot here in Mexican dishes.
Comment by Lyn - Sydney on January 21, 2011 at 4:29pm

Deborah - I sometimes use Thai Basil instead of regular basil to make my pesto sauce, it has a lot stronger taste than the usual basil, but still nice.  I started buying it from the local Asian grocery store as it was about 4 times cheaper than what the supermarkets were charging for Basil.

I have tried so many times to grow both purple and normal basil, but don't have much luck, with the climate here both basil and coriander bolt to seed so quickly. Have just put in another basil plant donated by sister in law, but noticed it has already had a few chomps out of it!

I too have found that many of my herbs that take a bashing in the frosts here in July/Aug, seem to recover quite well after a haircut and Spring seems to push them back up again. I think you will find that Thai Basil is a lot more hardier than regular basil and you should be able to get a couple more seasons out of it.  I agree about the flowers, I allow lots of my herbs to go to flower as I find they look so pretty around the garden.  I particularly like the flowers on my Pineapple Sage - they were a stunning vivid pinky red.

Another plant I grow, but keep confined in a pot is Vietnamese Mint - I love it, just brushing past  - the smell alone, my daughter can't abide it, says it make her feel sick.  It is funny how different herbs affect everyone differently.  I know people who cant abide Coriander,(Cilantro to you) I adore it and would wear it as a perfume if I could!!

Love the rose in the piccie - what is it?


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