Introduction

Scientifically speaking, a herb is a vascular plant without a persistent aboveground woody stem. In more general use, though, herbs can be distinguished by their savory taste and smell, and how they are generally used to flavor and garnish food, to make medicines, or to make fragrances. This distinguishes them from vegetables, which tend to be consumed in rather greater quantities per serving (macronutrients).

On our farm, we sell both annual herbs and perennial herbs. These two terms refer to differences in the life cycle of the plant. An annual plant goes from seed to seed (one complete life cycle) in a time period shorter than one year, whereas a perennial plant lives for three years, or longer. However, climate conditions affect plant life cycles in many ways. Therefore, what makes a plant annual or perennial isn't just its genetics, but the conditions that the plant grows in.

Might we suggest that you think like a plant? The hot season is fast approaching, and you know your leaves are wilting and that you won't survive the summer. Therefore, it makes sense to change body shape and grow tall instead of wide, and expose those flowers above the neighboring foliage to ensure pollination. After all, your goal is simply to pass on your genetics to the next generation.

But perennial plants have a different strategy. They're far more likely to survive climate extremes, and while they may appear to die in the winter, most of the time they will bloom the next spring.

Our Herbs and Varieties

Herbs

Basil - Genovese

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Classic Italian variety.

Basics

Height

Optimal Temperature Range

Days To Maturity

Heirloom annual, prefers sunny and dry weather

27"

72 - 82, with night time minimum 64. Don't expose to temperatures below 50.

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Purple Basil - Amethyst

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The only purple Genovese type basil.

Basics

Height

Optimal Temperature Range

Days To Maturity

Heirloom annual, prefers sunny and dry weather

18"

72 - 82, with night time minimum 64. Don't expose to temperatures below 50.

74

Chives - Chinese Leek / Garlic

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Thin, flat leaves with delicate garlic flavor.

Basics

Height

Optimal Temperature Range

Days To Maturity

Heirloom perenennial, will bloom in its second year

20"

Plant in the early spring, harvest in summer

90

Chives - Staro

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Heaviest leaf for processing and freezing. Flowers also edible.

Basics

Height

Optimal Temperature Range

Days To Maturity

Heirloom perennial, will bloom in its second year

20"

Plant in the early spring, harvest in summer

80

Lavender - Ellagance Purple

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A pleasant-smelling, bushy herb that attracts beneficial insects.

Basics

Height

Optimal Temperature Range

Days To Maturity

Heirloom perennial, drought-tolerant

22" tall and wide

Blooms in sunmmer and fall.

105

Sweet Marjoram

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Use the flowers, which have a mild and marjoram-like flavor, as you would the herb to garnish salads, soups, stews, sauces, and stuffing.

Basics

Height

Optimal Temperature Range

Days To Maturity

Heirloom tender perennial.

30"

May need protection from a long or deep freeze.

88

Greek Oregano

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Characteristic dark green leaves with white flowers.

Basics

Height

Optimal Temperature Range

Days To Maturity

Heirloom perennial

24"

Full sun, don't over-irrigate.

85

Parsley - Darki

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A very dark green selection of the Moss Curled type. Upright leaves make harvesting easy.

Basics

Height

Optimal Temperature Range

Days To Maturity

Heirloom biennial - won't flower in its first year unless planted in early spring, lives 2 years.

14"

Full sun, frost tolerant, requires moist soil.

75

Parsley - Pelone

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Improved Giant of Italy type with intermediate resistance to downy mildew.

Basics

Height

Optimal Temperature Range

Days To Maturity

Heirloom biennial - won't flower in its first year unless planted in early spring, lives 2 years.

19"

Full sun, frost tolerant, requires moist soil.

75

Primed Rosemary

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Flowers can be used fresh as a garnish for savory dishes and salads, and pair well with roasted vegetables, fruits, or whipped cream.

Basics

Height

Optimal Temperature Range

Days To Maturity (Stem Tips  /Bunches)

Heirloom tender perennial

4' 6"

Full sun, sandier soil

90 / 150

Summer Thyme

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Spicy, pungent flavor

Basics

Height

Optimal Temperature Range

Days To Maturity

Heirloom tender perennial

9"

Needs shade to grow well in Texas summers.  Don't water every day once established.

93