Herbs simmer up summer...

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We use a lot of seasonings when we cook. It smells and tastes great and as a bonus, we use very little salt. Here's page 1 of what to use from the basic herbs in which recipe, how to design your own special herb blends rather than buy expensive "secret recipes," and even how to grow each of the herbs on the chart. Download the 8-page basic chart that lists 18 essential seasonings, or the 24 page chart with 50 herbs. 

...recapture the garden's essence as you uncork a spice jar.

Here's our gift to you for these late winter days, a Herb Use chart with:

• What to add to beef, chicken, asparagus... you name it
• Which herbs to combine,
• How to grow each of the herbs on the chart.

Tip: If you're nurturing a young gardener,
herbs can help!

Red peppers as an annual, harvesting the fruit for drying; center, dill as a cool season annual, and below, right, bay as a potted tree grown outside in summer, indoors in winter.

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It's all in a convenient Excel worksheet so you can use it and even add your own notes and recipes.

Download the 18-herb basic file, an 8 page Excel worksheet. Pages 1 and 2 are sized to print, place back to back, laminate and fit behind your spice rack as a ready-reference for the cook. Includes basil, bay, cumin, dill, garlic, ginger, mint, mustard, onion, oregano, paprika, parsley, red pepper, sage, savory, rosemary, thyme.



Download the 50-herb advanced chart, a 24 page Excel Worksheet.

The chart's growing even as you read this, as expert friends finish their review and send their additions. We update as we add to it. We've begun adding illustrations, too -- herb plants and dried herb images. Have fun watching this grow, or speed it up by becoming a Sponsor for this effort.

Below: The smell of oregano makes our mouths water even as it helps stave our hunger for the garden.

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Below, left: Cumin seeds and powder: It's a building block of the seasonings mixes called curry and also of "taco seasoning."
Below, right: Ginger root will keep for months if wrapped tightly and refrigerated. It may also be sliced thin and dried. You can grow your own in a pot and harvest enough for a winter of stir fry and spiced fruit. Ginger's a handsome houseplant, too!

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