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Aug 24, 2018
Year-round herbs
Tim Duffin  Brand Manager

I’m a self-proclaimed foodie: I grow tomatoes, peppers – both sweet and hot – and of course I grow lots of herbs. My favorite herbs include Burpee’s Pesto Party and their Rosemary. But I also grow Sage, Thyme and Parsley (There is a song in there somewhere).

I use my Burpee basil in my eggs, and I incorporate rosemary into most of my meat dishes, whether it’s pork, beef or chicken. Sage I grow for my roasted squash – it’s a perfect Fall meal. There really is something cool about going out to my deck and cutting the herbs I want to use when I want to use them. And sometimes I just like to shake my herb plants and smell the wonderful aroma. But here’s the rub (pun intended) I want fresh herbs all year-round not just in the Spring and Summer.

My good friends at Burpee understand my need, and they have created a year-round fresh herb program called Fresh Flavors. Their Fresh Flavors herbs are available in many grocery stores – especially in the northeast. They can be found in the fresh produce aisle and they come in a pot with a sleeve. The sleeve takes the place of the plant label and it provides all the information you need to take care of your year-round herbs. The sleeve even provides you with a recipe just in case you need another way to enjoy your Burpee herbs.

Once you get your Burpee Fresh Flavors herbs home, put them in your favorite pot(s) and then find a sunny spot for their forever home. Remember your herbs can be part of your menu as well as part of your décor. And don’t worry about using your herb plant too much. Burpee will make more.

Below I’ve included some of Burpee’s favorite recipes using herbs from Fresh Flavors. Enjoy!

Easy Caprese Salad

Herbed Sea Salt

Summer Squash With Mustard Butter

Basil Pesto

Reader Comments (2)
I'm so discouraged...

This was my first year planting. I planted sweet peas (the flowers), tomatoes, pumpkins, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts, all in containers and from seed. Everything was coming along beautifully, except the sweet peas, which never grew more than about 10" tall, and three months after planting, still have no flowers. The broccoli and Brussels were eaten by something. I replanted then and they were eaten again. The tomato and pumpkin plants were MASSIVE. Last week I started getting some tomatoes, there was about 30, then the deer came and ate every single tomato and totally destroyed the plant. I thought the deer wouldn't like tomatoes because of the strong scent! And now the pumpkin plant, which has only one pumpkin on it so far, has powdery mildew. ??????????
Wednesday, August 29, 2018 | Julie
Hi Julie
We're so sorry your garden season has had some obstacles. Let's see if we can offer a few tips on the plants you grew this year and maybe make suggestions for the next time...

Sweet Peas are happiest with their "heads in the sun and their roots deep in cool, moist soil." They flower best when the weather is cool, so if you planted your flower in, say, May, it might have gotten too warm/hot to establish deep roots. Small roots means small plants. You may see them perk up when fall rolls around and the heat wears off.

Same for broccoli and Brussels sprouts: They are cool-weather plants that form buds and heads in early-spring and a late-start can stall them, leaving them vulnerable to brassicca pests like cabbage worms or young rabbits. Check out these Burpee blogs for tips.
https://www.burpeehomegardens.com/Blog/2016/06/27/the-cabbage-luper-friend-or-foe.html?highlight=pest
https://www.burpeehomegardens.com/Blog/2017/06/20/bunny-business.html?highlight=pest

Deer can truly decimate your tender plants and ripening fruit. If wire fencing isn't an option to keep them at bay, be sure to harvest your tomatoes as soon as they start to redden-up. You can ripen them to full-red on a sunny window and keep them away from hungry wildlife.

For the pumpkin, at 90 to 100+ days until harvest, the key is keeping the plant thriving so more flowers can bloom and more fruit can grow. Lots of sunlight helps produce more pumpkins, and good airflow among the leaves keeps them dry. Moisture is the breeding ground for Powdery Mildew. The key is to scout early for signs and apply a fungicide to help protect the plant. Here's a helpful podcast on dealing with disease in your garden: http://www.burpeehomegardens.com/podcasts/BHG018Disease.mp3

We hope you give gardening another chance! Check out all our resources for more success tips. Continue to grow what you love to eat, and remember to give each plant what it needs to produce a bountiful harvest for you. Thanks for sharing your garden story!
Thursday, August 30, 2018 | Burpee Team Member
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