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How to use/store - suggestions on plants in the garden

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Swerving Wed 01-Jun-11 10:52:27

All are growing nicely and lovely to look at but what can I do with
Lemon Balm
Mint
Sage
Thyme
Rosemary to use, store or whatever


Would love to hear what others do with them.

highriggs Wed 01-Jun-11 11:32:05

I use all the herbs mentioned apart from Lemon Balm in cooking and marinating
Stumped with Lemon Balm and it is such a massive plant , wish I had planted it at the back of the border, it will have to come out and go elsewhere

Swerving Wed 01-Jun-11 11:38:38

Have you tried to preserve any of them highriggs and if so how did you do it?

I know what you mean about the lemon balm - theres loads. I just put some in a vase on the landing and it smells so nice.

keynesian Wed 01-Jun-11 13:17:25

In the past I've chopped the herbs and frozen them with a little water. eg. an icecube or two of mint is just the right amount for mint sauce. Rosemary is easy to dry and store.

keynesian Wed 01-Jun-11 13:19:53

p.s. Lemon balm tea is reputed to be anti aging as well as a mosquito repellant!

highriggs Wed 01-Jun-11 13:23:27

Thyme I have had success with just drying in the sun on a window ledge , rosemary is all year round green so don't have to save. Mint I think can be frozen or dried until brittle then crunched up for use or perhaps like mint sauce preserving in vinegar .
Sage is quite strong I find when it is dried but I think that I have seen it grow throughout the winter here as well if only I could remember ! Although I had the most beautiful blackcurrant sage which was killed by the winter as were all my rosemarys . All my other sages survived
That is a good tip for the balm as the blooming thing sits like a huge ewok in the border and I have another just sitting on the allotment as well

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