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By Ernest Small

Culinary Herbs for Short-Season Gardeners has every little thing herb fanatics want to know approximately cultivating annual and perennial herbs in USDA zones 1 to five wherever snow sticks to the floor within the iciness, from Alaska to Pennsylvania. the way to utilize a brief becoming season, together with: determining the simplest position for planting, delivering wind security and chilly air drainage, construction raised beds, utilizing season extenders, seeding interior and out of doors, hardening off and transplanting, and mulching.

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The young leaves have a delectably salty, cucumber-like taste. • Borage has round, hollow, prickly stems, and a taproot. • Produces a profusion of pretty star-shaped flowers from midsummer through early fall. Usually blue, but sometimes white, violet, or reddish-purple, the flowers have a cucumbery taste, and are about 2 cm (¾ inch) in diameter. Flowers have a distinctive cone of black anthers in the center of each bloom, and a high nectar content that makes them extremely attractive to honeybees.

6 to 1 m (2 to 3 feet) long. • Angelica has a long, hollow, grooved, round stem, and long, thick, fleshy, spindleshaped, reddish-brown roots. • Tiny, honey-scented, greenish-white flowers bloom in umbrella-like clusters, about 15 cm (6 inches) across, and have a delicate, sweetish fragrance. Flowers bloom from June to August in the second or third year of the plant’s growth. • When the yellowish, oblong-shaped fruit ripens, it splits into a pair of winged seed cases. • All parts of the plant—stem, leaves, seeds, and roots—are edible, and have a juniper-like flavor with a mildly spicy aftertaste.

While easy to cultivate in dry soil, the plants do need water during dry periods or they may not flower. • Prefers full sun, but keep the soil moderately moist. Also tolerates partial shade. • Sow seeds outdoors in the early spring. ) Plant seeds 1 cm (½ inch) deep. Once established, agrimony tends to self-seed. • May also be propagated by root division. Divide the plants in spring to provide time for the winter buds to form. When dividing the crown, be sure to include a live stem. • Space plants 25 cm (10 inches) apart.

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