Aerogarden Update

We are almost ready for the first harvest!  Here is what things look like:

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But all is not well in herb-land. You can see here, one of the seed pods was a dud:

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It was the cilantro. No Tex Mex for me! Lintilla hates cilantro, so she thinks it’s no big loss.

My experience with herbs is limited to the spice aisle at Kroger, so I’m a little confused as to what I can do once we harvest.  How long do fresh herbs keep?  Do I have to immediately make dishes with basil, mint, chives, purple basil and dill?  Can I put them in the fridge and keep them a while?

Anyway, Trillian and I are excited: in just a day or two, we can have baked potatoes with butter and fresh chives. 

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4 Responses to “Aerogarden Update”

  1. dolphin Says:

    Fresh herbs keep about like any other veggie, but you need to use ALOT more of a fresh herb than you do a dried herb. Fresh herbs have a fuller taste, but a weaker one.

    I’d dehydrate whatever you’re not going to use within a couple of days. OR just pinch off what you want to use and allow the rest of the plant to keep growing. That’s what I’ve done with potted herbs in the past.

  2. Susie Says:

    How much for Trillian’s fresh basil? I can feel a pot of spaghetti coming on…lol

  3. nm Says:

    The pinching off thing will work for the basil and chives, but I would judge that you don’t have enough parsley there to make that practical.

  4. Mary Coleman Says:

    I got one of these for Christmas! I did a major plunder of herbs this past weekend and they all are still rocking!
    Once they get into major growth time, they will drink water like crazy. Enjoy!!!!


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