Here today, tarragon tomorrow
Peggy Riccio, president of the Potomac Unit of the Herb Society of America, gave Grow a Row FC a literal car full of herbs dug up from her own yard. It’s exciting to think about all the herbs we’ll be able to grow and donate as a result of Peggy’s generosity. She also has tons of information to share with Grow a Row FC growers too -- see below for all the ways to learn from her about gardening and local gardening news and deals.
· Epazote, an herb used regularly in Oaxacan and Yucatan dishes, must be planted in a container or it will spread.
· Fennel, the herb type (not the bulb type), grows 3-5’ tall, has dill-like leaves and tasty seeds.
· Lemon balm -- being a member of the mint family, this should be planted in a container or it will spread like crazy (although Peggy has had good luck with it in the ground in a partially shady spot).
· Mint, chocolate -- all mints must be planted in a container or they will take over.
· Mint, Lemon
· Mint, peppermint
· Mint, spearmint
· Mint, strawberry
· Mint, Thai
· Onions, walking (aka Egyptian)
· Oregano, spicy
· Rosemary (only 2 plants left)
· Thyme, English
· Thyme, lemon
· Thyme, Pennsylvania Dutch tea
Peggy also donated 5 hillside planters that look like this in the garden and that are available to Grow a Row volunteers:
Peggy has a B.S. in horticulture from Virginia Tech and has been involved in horticultural communications for 30 years. You can connect with her by: · Visiting pegplant.com, a free online resource for gardening in the DC metro area and, through that site, subscribe to Pegplant’s Post, a free gardening e-newsletter. · Listening to Pegplant’s Podcast, a short, weekly podcast for Mid-Atlantic gardeners. The podcast, available at the pegplant website, provides news about events, plants, products and books as well as deals that local nurseries are offering. · Following the Culinary Herbs and Spices Facebook group that is open to anyone but is a private group. Peggy welcomes you to join and share your experiences growing and using herbs and spices. She also encourages members to share recipes. · Following her gardening adventures as pegplant on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Pinterest. · Attending her May 4 talk, Growing and Using Culinary Herbs, noon to 1:00 pm on Zoom. The event, hosted by the Fairfax County Public Library, is free but you need to register here.