Lancaster farming. (Lancaster, Pa., etc.) 1955-current, May 19, 1984, Image 57

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    Herbs add to the spice of life
NEWARK, Del. Athletes in
ancient Greece used mint as an
after-bath lotion, and early
travelers used it to purify drinking
water on long ocean voyages. In
the Middle Ages, rosemary was
popular for its tranquilizing
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Early American settlers used
herbs to improve the taste of
questionable preserved meats and
to add flavor to plain diets. They
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concoct remedies for a variety of
illnesses, and add fragrance to
linens, baths and homes.
Herbs are classified as annuals,
biennials or perennials, Annuals
bloom one season and die, although
some, like dill, often redeed
themselves. Biennials live for two
seasons but bloom only the second
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once established, bloom each
Deciding which herbs to plant
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Lancaster Farming, Saturday, May 19,1914—817
cookbooks, says University of
Delaware extension horticulture
specialist Dr. Charles Dunham. He
suggests the following:
• Strong herbs-winter savory,
rosemary, sage.
• Herbs strong enough for accent
- sweet basil, dill, mint, sweet
marjoram, tarragon, thyme.
• Herbs for blending - chives,
summer savory.
As your interest and needs in
crease, you can add some of the
• Annuals—anise, chervil,
• Biennials-caraway, parsley.
• Perennials-fennel, lovage,
marjoram, winter savory.
Dunham says to select a sunny
area 4 feet wide and up to 20 feet
long for a kitchen herb garden.
Individual 12- by 18-inch plots
should be adequate for separate
herbs. Keep annuals and peren
nials separate.
When you choose the site, con
sider drainage and soil fertility.
Drainage is probably the single
most important factor for success,
Dunham says. Herbs will not grow
in wet soil.
Soil drainage means the rate at
which water moves through the
soil - not how quickly water runs
off the surface or out of the area. If
necessary, use raised beds. To
improve soil drainage and help
retain needed moisture, add
several bushesl of organic matter,
such as compost, to each 100
square feet of bed area.
USDA post
to Russell
Secretary of
Agriculture John R.
Block has named Randy
M. Russell as deputy
assistant secretary for
economics, replacing J.
Dawson Ahalt who has
been promoted to senior
advisor to Assistant
Secretary William G.
Russell, a vice
president for
agriculture and trade
policy at the National
Council of Farmer
Cooperatives, will
assume his new position
He previously served
the U.S. Department of
Agriculture as an
economist with the
Economic Research
Service. He also served
as a special assistant to
the secretary to coor
dinate development of
the 1981 farm bill.
He has held the
positions of agricultural
legislative assistant to
Sen. Rudy Boschwitz
(R-Minn.) and director
of government relations
for the Pillsbury
Company, Minneapolis.
Ahalt has held several
key posts during his
more than two decades
of government serivce,
including chairman of
USDA’s World
Agricultural Outlook
Board, deputy and staff
economist to the
director of agricultural
economics and deputy
associate director for
economic policy at the
Cost of Living Council.