Picture graduation time and a house of boys. No fancy table decorations. Just the cake and then a quick run out to the herb garden to pick a bouquet of flowering chives. Beautiful purple blossoms on green stems.
When chives set to flower, their scent goes away. I have had many ask where we got the unusual flowers from. And cheapo me said, "My herb garden." And they hold structure at least a week. You have to let your first herb chives go to seed (flower) before you start to use an established chive garden.
The timing will change from area to area of the country, and so this is Minnesota, most often after a long cold snowy winter.
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I received a Chia herb garden kit as a gift and am growing parsley, basil, cilantro, and dill on my windowsill. The plants are doing well but I am wondering how big they have to get before I can start harvesting the herbs for cooking. I was also wondering if I can use my basic miracle grow houseplant food for the herbs or if I have to buy something special since the herbs will be used for cooking. Thanks for the help!
Greetings,Tracey! Fresh herbs are great!! They take alot of abuse, the more you trim from them, the happier they tend to be (my kind of plant).You can pretty much use them as soon as they have leaves, and they no longer look like one pluck will uproot them. My advice for big healthy herbs, pluck the top growth off , helps them "bush" out better.
Hi Tracey, I was going to say the same - that you can use them any time. Trim from the outside leaves, and the more you trim (within reason of course) the more bushy they grow. As a tip, do not let them go to seed! They often die after doing that, basil especially. You can use a liquid fertiliser, as long as it's not too strong. Have fun with them!
Thank you for your help! I will start using them now in my cooking. The chia instructions do say to use a liquid fertilizer, I just wasn't sure if my miracle grow for houseplants would cut it.
People everywhere use Miracle Grow in their gardens. There are several different varieties, you may even find one just for your herbs. I am positive they have one for vegetables.
Using Miracle Grow is very effective in making plants grow. I would suggest that you use a natural fertilizer so that your herbs will have the nutritional value they are supposed to have. Miracle Grow only contains (N) Nitrogen, (P)Potassium and (K)phosphorous. I hear they now have an Organic mix. (Organic is becoming hip)