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Q1. How do I know what herb to use when cooking?

A1. Here’s a general guide – start with small amounts, and add as you become more used to the flavours. [You can get a hard copy of this guide by sending us a request by E-mail, or by coming to our store, or market stall]




Summer Savory, Thyme


Garlic, Marjoram, Oregano, Sage, Thyme

Biscuits, Rolls

Dill, Fennel, Marjoram, Oregano, Sage, Thyme


Chives, Tarragon, Garlic


Anise, Caraway, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena

Chicken and Poultry

Cilantro, Tarragon, Garlic, Marjoram, Mint, Oregano, Rosemary, Sage

Cream Cheese

Dill, Nasturtium, Watercress


Chives, Dill, Tarragon, Lovage, Marjoram, Oregano, Nasturtium, Summer Savory

Fish, Crab, Seafood

Anise, Basil, Chervil, Cilantro, Dill, Tarragon, Lemon Balm, Lovage, Mint, Parsley, Rosemary; Summer Savory, Thyme


Hyssop, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena


Anise, Chives

Potato Salad

Chives, Dill, Parsley, Nasturtium, Watercress

Potatoes, boiled

Mint, Parsley

Potatoes, mashed

Chives, Garlic

Potatoes, oven-roasted

Rosemary, Thyme, Dill


Cilantro, Parsley


Borage, Chervil, Dandelion, Fennel, Lovage, Nasturtium, Watercress

Sandwiches, meat or cheese

Cilantro, Rosemary

Soups and Stews

Chives, Garlic, Fennel, Hyssop, Lovage, Marjoram, Oregano, Parsley, Summer Savory


Rosemary, Sage, Summer Savory

Tomato Sauce

Basil, Garlic, marjoram, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary

Vanilla Ice-Cream

Lemon Balm, Lemon Verbena, Spearmint

Q2. I always seem to kill my Basil plants. What can I do?

A2. First of all, don’t feel badly, probably 95% of the people that I talk to, kill their basil plants – it is known to be a ‘princess plant’. Follow these guidelines, and you should have better luck:

- Tender annual
- Do Not Water the Leaves – Roots Onlyc
- Light well-drained nutrient rich slightly acidic soil
- Requires full sun
- Keep well watered but avoid water-logging
- Plant indoors or outdoors
- Does not tolerate temperature below 5C
- Pinch off flower stalks so plants will continue to produce new leaves

Q3. What is a good general herb book for Prairie growers?

A3. We can recommend two good ones:
1. Culinary Herbs for Short-Season Gardeners
by Ernest Small & Grace Deutsch
Ismant Peony Press, 2001
ISBN: 0-660-17785-4

2. Herbs and Edible Flowers
by Lois Hole
Published by Hole’s, 2000
ISBN: 0-9682791-3-9

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