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 anyplace snow sticks to the floor within the wintry weather, from Alaska to Pennsylvania. the right way to utilize a quick starting to be season, together with: settling on the simplest situation for planting, supplying wind defense and chilly air drainage, development raised beds, utilizing season extenders, seeding interior and outside, hardening off and transplanting, and mulching.
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Pick flowers when blooms are almost completely open, then hang to dry. • Freeze flowers and freshly chopped leaves for later use. • For dried floral arrangements, leave at least 30 cm (12 inches) of stem below the blooms. Bergamot is sometimes called Oswego tea after the tribe of Native Americans who lived in what is now upstate New York, and who used the plant extensively. CULINARY USES • Enliven the taste and look of salads by adding a sprinkling of bergamot flowers. Use fresh or dried leaves in tomato dishes, and as a substitute for sage in stuffing for poultry and meats, especially pork and veal.
In medieval times, Carmelite water, which included crushed angelica roots, was widely drunk as a protection against witches’ spells. Angelica was also believed to be the only herb witches did not use. As a result, having angelica in her garden or home was a good defense for a woman accused of witchcraft. CAUTIONS • Some people may experience dermatitis from handling angelica. • As angelica contains potentially harmful chemicals called coumarins, it’s best to consume it in moderation. • The coumarins of angelica thin blood, so individuals on anticoagulant therapy should avoid this herb.
Seeds can also be planted outdoors in late fall, to lie dormant through the winter and germinate in the following spring. • Can also be propagated by stem cuttings and root division. Take stem cuttings from vigorous summer growth. Divide roots in spring or fall, ensuring that each divided section has 3 or 4 buds. If you divide roots in fall, plant divided sections early enough to allow them to become established. Mulch for winter protection. 35 Culinary Herbs for Short-Season Gardeners • • • • • Encourage tender growth by dividing plants in spring or fall every 3 or 4 years.