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Potted herbs in Philadelphia

petmyskurvette Sep 2, 2010 03:38 PM

Does anyone know where I can buy some small potted herbs to grow in my kitchen? In particular, I'd like thyme, basil, and rosemary. Somewhere near Rittenhouse Square or University City would be great - are there sellers at the Rittenhouse Farmer's Market?


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    petmyskurvette Sep 2, 2010 11:01 PM

    Great thanks! I'll check out all of the places. I've read of people growing herbs on a windowsill in a kitchen (my window gets plenty of sunlight all day - though it's west-facing so it gets direct sunlight in the evening), so I thought I'd give it a shot. I live in an apartment building, so I won't have any other options. If anyone else has any other recommendations, that'd be great. Thanks!

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    1. re: petmyskurvette
      JohnnyKBar Sep 3, 2010 06:31 PM

      Afternoon sun should give you enough to grow most herbs on a windowsill. They may not thrive as much, but it should be fine. If you are growing basil, getting a packet of seeds and doing sequential plantings through the year, you might be able to do most of what you need. Also, you can get some really good stuff in addition to the normal genovesse, like Thai, Lime, etc. I've been container gardening for a little while and seem to kill the rosemary every year, even bringing it in. One of these days, I'll do it in the ground and hope to have th same luck as Ray.
      Oh, mint is something else that will do really well in a pot. Give them some fertilizer from time to time and they'll love you for it.

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        Philly Ray Sep 3, 2010 07:16 PM

        My rosemary is in a pot. One year I moved it to a bigger pot and it just keeps coming back. It's like a little evergreen bush out there.

        I also have mint in a pot that came from a clipping from my father's plant which came from a clipping that my grandmother had in her yard over 40 years ago.

        Unless you can keep it segregated, always grow mint in a pot. if you plant it in the ground, it will take over the whole space.

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      JohnnyKBar Sep 2, 2010 06:30 PM

      There may still be some at RTM. It's getting late in the season for them, but you'll still get your money's worth before winter steps in to freeze them.

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      1. re: JohnnyKBar
        Philly Ray Sep 2, 2010 08:07 PM

        I have had the same rosemary plant in my yard for 3 years now. I just leave it out there all year and it has come back every spring/summer.

        The thyme and basil have to be replaced every year though.

        As for the OP saying they wanted to grow it in their kitchen, I don't know how well that will work.

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        Philly Ray Sep 2, 2010 03:50 PM

        I buy mine every year at Lowe's or Home Depot.

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