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Spice Grower


By Aleyna


Every last Sunday of the month the Japanese colony makes a product fair. Among the producers is an old man who sells seedlings of plants, tomatoes, lettuce, cabbage, pepper and spices, oregano, parsley, thyme, sage, etc. On this last Sunday we went to the fair and bought seedlings of the ones I like to use for cooking.
I made an experimental bed to know which of these spices will withstand the winter and I can plant in the open, and which are the ones that I need to provide protection for the cold.

I planted parsley, because it is one of the most used seasoning, besides giving flavor, also offers a green color for the dishes.

Thyme is one of my favorites for seasoning meats, I usually use this dry seasoning, but fresh and macerated in the moment of using it is much more intense.

Oregano, in the background, can not miss for pizza. And the salvia, in the front, is mandatory seasoning for the chicken. I believe that this has roots in the massive presence of Italians in the region.

At the end we got a set, 5 basil leaves, 3 greens and 2 purples, in the background, marjoram, sage, oregano, thyme and parsley in the middle, and bay leaf, green onion and rosemary in front.
I also want to discover growth behavior to identify how far I must plant one another.

Comments and suggestions are welcome.

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it will be interesting to see how they do for you.

2 May, 2019


Thank you for the comment Seaburngirl. I'll take pictures and post them.

2 May, 2019


What a great variety you have. I hope your Parsley does better than mine through winter one died but it was a cold winter when I had one.

2 May, 2019


the moss curled parsley does well in our cold climate with long cold winters... it's biennial so it will come into seed in the second year, then die. so start a new batch every year to keep it in rotation. The Italian broadleaf parsley did not make it through the winter... The deer have had a hand in that, I think. the low growing, clump forming thyme is also hardy and it self seeds and will spread. I shear it to get rid of the dead stuff (in spring) this seems to bring the plants out of dormancy and they will bloom in your mid-spring. I have oregano too and it's really quite carefree. When it blooms the bees just love it! basil and rosemany are annuals for me, here. as are some types of lavender. Hidcote does well but the Spanish is strictly annual. Summer Savory as well as the regular French savory are the parsley. I have grown purple sage too and it's really nice to make your own poultry seasoning. It's really pretty and looks good in flower beds along with silvery leafed plants. I hope my experience is of help to you, Aleyna. I grow two types of chives..the regular oniony one with the purple flowers and a white garlicy one with flattened leaves... both are delicious in olive oil salad dressing. I grow mostly kitchen herbs.

2 May, 2019


Thank you Trupennybit, I have fingers crossed.

Dear Lori, of course you helped, I took notes about your comment so I'll keep it with me to check the plant. Great tips. So, I believe the right denomination is kitche herbs instead of spices and seasonings, this also is a great tip. sometimes I get tricked with my English, and google translator is not that clever as well. Thanks :)

2 May, 2019


Lol Aleyna and don't forget your toes crossed 😊 I hope it does well for you.

3 May, 2019


Goodness Thrupennybit, I can't cross my old toes... :)
But will keep fingers crossed for both of ours parsley ;)

3 May, 2019


Perhaps you could do a search online for your region of the country & see if someone has posted anything on line about these herbs you are trying to grow.

I can't help as I don't grow anything other than flowers on our balcony, except for a few tomato plants during the summer.

I would be interested to see how you get on, so please post some pictures occasionally.

3 May, 2019


Aleyna... thought you might like to look up Eugenia, too. the blossoms are what we call cloves and they are so aromatic. When I was looking around for which tree they came from I found an interesting page about it's medicinal properties as well as delicious culinary uses... mostly pickles and fruit preserves... but I also found that it can be grown in Brazil! I can't be sure of this because when i went back to find it, I couldn't! Trees/shrubs might be of interest to you as I believe Cinnamon comes from the bark of the Cinnamomum casia trees, and Nutmeg is also the fruit of a small tree. I used the search "botanical nomenclature of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves" might be some interesting reading for you there. You would truly have a spice garden as well as a herb garden! I know Brazil is a huge country and the climate like ours here in Canada can vary greatly from region to region but I thought I'd share that bit of info with you. I thought you might find it interesting too.

3 May, 2019


Your flowers are lovely! I admire your hability to grow so many different and lovely flowers in your balcony. And I tried tomatoes so many times in my balcony and all I could get was a grey plant covered with bugs :(

3 May, 2019


Thats great Lori!, Thanks for the tips.
I love cloves and use it a lot in picles, also in honey bread, a sweet bread we call "cuca" (from German "kuchen") and many other uses in confectionery as cinnamon rolls, chocolate cake, etc. I confess I never seen a clove tree, but I found an article from the Globo Rural (a channel for agriculture) concerning the cultivation of cloves. It won't resist the extreme cold temperatures here.
Once more thank you for your informations. :)

3 May, 2019


Herbs are good to grow. I hope they will succeed for you.

5 May, 2019


Thank you Hywel

10 May, 2019

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