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    Becca Guest

    Default Parsley, still alive

    Our parsley is still alive. A few weeks ago, the temperature dropped to
    17 degrees, and it was below freezing for about 36 hours. I just knew
    it would kill the parsley, but it didn't. Are there any other herbs
    that can withstand weather that cold? I was shocked, to be honest. BTW,
    that was the coldest weather I have ever seen.


    Becca

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    Goomba Guest

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    Becca wrote:
    > Our parsley is still alive. A few weeks ago, the temperature dropped to
    > 17 degrees, and it was below freezing for about 36 hours. I just knew
    > it would kill the parsley, but it didn't. Are there any other herbs
    > that can withstand weather that cold? I was shocked, to be honest. BTW,
    > that was the coldest weather I have ever seen.
    >
    >
    > Becca


    My parsley is also still going strong. Much stronger this year than any
    year I can recall in fact. Go figure?
    My mother could keep a bed of it alive for ever. I'm limited to doing it
    in large deck pots at the moment and it seems to be thriving on benign
    neglect.
    My cilantro petered out a couple of months ago, as did my basil.

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    Sqwertz Guest

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    On Sat, 30 Jan 2010 16:22:06 -0600, Becca wrote:

    > BTW, that was the coldest weather I have ever seen.


    I've seen much colder weather on some of those National Geographic
    documentaries ;-)

    I forget where you live, but that's about as cold as it gets in
    Texas (last night). And then 110+ in the summer (32 days a year my
    first year here).

    ObFood: I totally give up on Newflower/Sunflower Market. I just
    cooked a pound of bacon and threw it away after one taste. I didn't
    see the lactic acid starter culture in the ingredients until after I
    cooked it. It has no place in bacon except to mask off-flavors.

    -sw

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    Melba's Jammin' Guest

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    In article <[email protected]>, Becca <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    > Our parsley is still alive. A few weeks ago, the temperature dropped to
    > 17 degrees, and it was below freezing for about 36 hours. I just knew
    > it would kill the parsley, but it didn't. Are there any other herbs
    > that can withstand weather that cold? I was shocked, to be honest. BTW,
    > that was the coldest weather I have ever seen.
    >
    >
    > Becca


    My rosemary held up well.

    --
    -Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    http://web.me.com/barbschaller; Pirohy, January 25, 2010
    The Pirohy Princess is in the Kitchen

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    Boron Elgar Guest

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    On Sat, 30 Jan 2010 17:38:32 -0600, Melba's Jammin'
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >In article <[email protected]>, Becca <[email protected]>
    >wrote:
    >
    >> Our parsley is still alive. A few weeks ago, the temperature dropped to
    >> 17 degrees, and it was below freezing for about 36 hours. I just knew
    >> it would kill the parsley, but it didn't. Are there any other herbs
    >> that can withstand weather that cold? I was shocked, to be honest. BTW,
    >> that was the coldest weather I have ever seen.
    >>
    >>
    >> Becca

    >
    >My rosemary held up well.



    Dang. I've never successfully over wintered rosemary outdoors. What
    variety are you growing up there in Minnie-soda?

    Boron

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    Lou Decruss Guest

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    On Sat, 30 Jan 2010 16:22:06 -0600, Becca <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Our parsley is still alive. A few weeks ago, the temperature dropped to
    >17 degrees, and it was below freezing for about 36 hours. I just knew
    >it would kill the parsley, but it didn't. Are there any other herbs
    >that can withstand weather that cold? I was shocked, to be honest. BTW,
    >that was the coldest weather I have ever seen.


    My cottage is in zone 4. I've had mint, sage, thyme, lavender,
    oregano and I don't know what else. Nothing does real well because
    we're not there enough to care for them but they do come back. 17
    degrees there is a typical fall day.

    Lou

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    Nancy Young Guest

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    Becca wrote:

    > Our parsley is still alive. A few weeks ago, the temperature dropped
    > to 17 degrees, and it was below freezing for about 36 hours. I just
    > knew it would kill the parsley, but it didn't. Are there any other
    > herbs that can withstand weather that cold? I was shocked, to be
    > honest. BTW, that was the coldest weather I have ever seen.


    For some reason, the parsley really seems to hang in there
    longer than I expect, even after it gets pretty cold. Rosemary
    usually lasts a few years ... even with this cold winter, mine still
    looks pretty happy, but it's young.

    nancy

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    Lou Decruss Guest

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    On Sat, 30 Jan 2010 19:05:43 -0500, "Nancy Young"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Becca wrote:
    >
    >> Our parsley is still alive. A few weeks ago, the temperature dropped
    >> to 17 degrees, and it was below freezing for about 36 hours. I just
    >> knew it would kill the parsley, but it didn't. Are there any other
    >> herbs that can withstand weather that cold? I was shocked, to be
    >> honest. BTW, that was the coldest weather I have ever seen.

    >
    >For some reason, the parsley really seems to hang in there
    >longer than I expect, even after it gets pretty cold. Rosemary
    >usually lasts a few years ... even with this cold winter, mine still
    >looks pretty happy, but it's young.


    Didn't you get that at costco a few years ago?

    Lou

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    Nancy Young Guest

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    Lou Decruss wrote:
    > On Sat, 30 Jan 2010 19:05:43 -0500, "Nancy Young"
    > <[email protected]> wrote:


    >> For some reason, the parsley really seems to hang in there
    >> longer than I expect, even after it gets pretty cold. Rosemary
    >> usually lasts a few years ... even with this cold winter, mine still
    >> looks pretty happy, but it's young.

    >
    > Didn't you get that at costco a few years ago?


    No. Are you talking about those rosemary Christmas trees?
    I always think I should get one and keep it in the house until
    spring. I don't clip fresh rosemary from the garden during the
    winter.

    nancy

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    brooklyn1 Guest

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    On Sat, 30 Jan 2010 16:22:06 -0600, Becca <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Our parsley is still alive. A few weeks ago, the temperature dropped to
    >17 degrees, and it was below freezing for about 36 hours. I just knew
    >it would kill the parsley, but it didn't. Are there any other herbs
    >that can withstand weather that cold? I was shocked, to be honest. BTW,
    >that was the coldest weather I have ever seen.
    >
    >
    >Becca


    Parsley can withstand the occasional light frost, so long as its roots
    don't freeze it will be fine. Parsley is a biennial, it'll even
    survive one hard winter and come up the second year but will be very
    bitter, unusable culinarilly... there is no such thing as a parsley
    bed, sow parsley fresh every year.


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    Cindy Fuller Guest

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    In article <wP39n.161619$[email protected]>,
    "Nancy Young" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Becca wrote:
    >
    > > Our parsley is still alive. A few weeks ago, the temperature dropped
    > > to 17 degrees, and it was below freezing for about 36 hours. I just
    > > knew it would kill the parsley, but it didn't. Are there any other
    > > herbs that can withstand weather that cold? I was shocked, to be
    > > honest. BTW, that was the coldest weather I have ever seen.

    >
    > For some reason, the parsley really seems to hang in there
    > longer than I expect, even after it gets pretty cold. Rosemary
    > usually lasts a few years ... even with this cold winter, mine still
    > looks pretty happy, but it's young.
    >
    > nancy


    Our rosemary bush nearly took over our puny front yard. That was before
    the snows of December 2008 weighted many of the branches to the breaking
    point. Parts of it survived, and I fully expect it to go invasive this
    year thanks to our very mild winter.

    Cindy

    --
    C.J. Fuller

    Delete the obvious to email me

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    sf Guest

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    On Sat, 30 Jan 2010 17:02:17 -0800, Cindy Fuller
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Our rosemary bush nearly took over our puny front yard. That was before
    >the snows of December 2008 weighted many of the branches to the breaking
    >point. Parts of it survived, and I fully expect it to go invasive this
    >year thanks to our very mild winter.
    >

    Who is in charge, you or it? Don't let a bush intimidate you. You
    can prune rosemary severely and you won't kill it.


    --
    I love cooking with wine.
    Sometimes I even put it in the food.

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    Arri London Guest

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    Becca wrote:
    >
    > Our parsley is still alive. A few weeks ago, the temperature dropped to
    > 17 degrees, and it was below freezing for about 36 hours. I just knew
    > it would kill the parsley, but it didn't. Are there any other herbs
    > that can withstand weather that cold? I was shocked, to be honest. BTW,
    > that was the coldest weather I have ever seen.
    >
    > Becca


    Our rosemary doesn't care if it gets frozen or not. The chives, thyme,
    savoury and oregano always came back after being frozen. It's below
    freezing every night here most of the winter.

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    Janet Wilder Guest

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    Becca wrote:
    > Our parsley is still alive. A few weeks ago, the temperature dropped to
    > 17 degrees, and it was below freezing for about 36 hours. I just knew
    > it would kill the parsley, but it didn't. Are there any other herbs
    > that can withstand weather that cold? I was shocked, to be honest. BTW,
    > that was the coldest weather I have ever seen.
    >
    >
    > Becca


    My rosemary and cilantro survived. We didn't get as cold as y'all did,
    but we did have a hard freeze and some of my landscaping suffered
    greatly. I'll have to wait and see what else might come back.

    --
    Janet Wilder
    Way-the-heck-south Texas
    Spelling doesn't count. Cooking does.

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    Janet Wilder Guest

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    Arri London wrote:
    >
    > Becca wrote:
    >> Our parsley is still alive. A few weeks ago, the temperature dropped to
    >> 17 degrees, and it was below freezing for about 36 hours. I just knew
    >> it would kill the parsley, but it didn't. Are there any other herbs
    >> that can withstand weather that cold? I was shocked, to be honest. BTW,
    >> that was the coldest weather I have ever seen.
    >>
    >> Becca

    >
    > Our rosemary doesn't care if it gets frozen or not. The chives, thyme,
    > savoury and oregano always came back after being frozen. It's below
    > freezing every night here most of the winter.


    I'm thinking my oregano and thyme might come back, too. The landscaper
    guy thinks so. The basil took a real hit, but Ernie thinks it might come
    back. He used to own a nursery so he's pretty good about knowing plants.
    Some stuff is already starting to grow back, but not in the garden yet.

    --
    Janet Wilder
    Way-the-heck-south Texas
    Spelling doesn't count. Cooking does.

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    Melba's Jammin' Guest

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    In article <[email protected]>,
    Boron Elgar <[email protected]> wrote:

    > On Sat, 30 Jan 2010 17:38:32 -0600, Melba's Jammin'
    > <[email protected]> wrote:


    > >My rosemary held up well.

    >
    >
    > Dang. I've never successfully over wintered rosemary outdoors. What
    > variety are you growing up there in Minnie-soda?
    >
    > Boron


    Who said anything about wintering it over? :-) It just lasted lots
    longer than I expected it to -- in a pot outside with the parsley.

    --
    -Barb, Mother Superior, HOSSSPoJ
    http://web.me.com/barbschaller; Pirohy, January 25, 2010
    The Pirohy Princess is in the Kitchen

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    Michael \Dog3\ Guest

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    Melba's Jammin' <[email protected]>
    news:[email protected]: in
    rec.food.cooking

    > In article <[email protected]>, Becca <[email protected]>
    > wrote:
    >
    >> Our parsley is still alive. A few weeks ago, the temperature dropped
    >> to 17 degrees, and it was below freezing for about 36 hours. I just
    >> knew it would kill the parsley, but it didn't. Are there any other
    >> herbs that can withstand weather that cold? I was shocked, to be
    >> honest. BTW, that was the coldest weather I have ever seen.
    >>
    >>
    >> Becca

    >
    > My rosemary held up well.


    How long does your rosemary last? Mine makes it until December,
    depending on temps. Unless I take it inside of course. I have a clump
    of creeping oregano that goes pretty strong and the cilantro just died
    out this year. Some of my chives are still green and we've had some
    really low temps this year. It's all a mystery

    Michael



    --
    "Like all great divas, I owe everything to the kindness of gay men."
    ~Margaret Cho

    You can find me at: - michael at lonergan dot us dot com

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    brooklyn1 Guest

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    On 31 Jan 2010 12:49:43 GMT, "Michael \"Dog3\""
    <don'[email protected]> wrote:

    >Melba's Jammin' <barbschal[email protected]>
    >news:[email protected]: in
    >rec.food.cooking
    >
    >> In article <[email protected]>, Becca <[email protected]>
    >> wrote:
    >>
    >>> Our parsley is still alive. A few weeks ago, the temperature dropped
    >>> to 17 degrees, and it was below freezing for about 36 hours. I just
    >>> knew it would kill the parsley, but it didn't. Are there any other
    >>> herbs that can withstand weather that cold? I was shocked, to be
    >>> honest. BTW, that was the coldest weather I have ever seen.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> Becca

    >>
    >> My rosemary held up well.

    >
    >How long does your rosemary last? Mine makes it until December,
    >depending on temps. Unless I take it inside of course. I have a clump
    >of creeping oregano that goes pretty strong and the cilantro just died
    >out this year. Some of my chives are still green and we've had some
    >really low temps this year. It's all a mystery
    >
    >Michael


    No mystery here... depending on growing zone perennials and biennials
    will easily survive a cold spell... it's the annuals that will go
    kaput.

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    Gregory Morrow Guest

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    brooklyn1 wrote:

    > On 31 Jan 2010 12:49:43 GMT, "Michael \"Dog3\""
    > <don'[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> Melba's Jammin' <[email protected]>
    >> news:[email protected]: in
    >> rec.food.cooking
    >>
    >>> In article <[email protected]>, Becca
    >>> <[email protected]> wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> Our parsley is still alive. A few weeks ago, the temperature
    >>>> dropped to 17 degrees, and it was below freezing for about 36
    >>>> hours. I just knew it would kill the parsley, but it didn't. Are
    >>>> there any other herbs that can withstand weather that cold? I was
    >>>> shocked, to be honest. BTW, that was the coldest weather I have
    >>>> ever seen.
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> Becca
    >>>
    >>> My rosemary held up well.

    >>
    >> How long does your rosemary last? Mine makes it until December,
    >> depending on temps. Unless I take it inside of course. I have a
    >> clump of creeping oregano that goes pretty strong and the cilantro
    >> just died out this year. Some of my chives are still green and we've
    >> had some really low temps this year. It's all a mystery
    >>
    >> Michael

    >
    > No mystery here... depending on growing zone perennials and biennials
    > will easily survive a cold spell... it's the annuals that will go
    > kaput.



    Yup, the growing zone in St. Louis is quite a bit less harsh than Barb's up
    in Minnesota...than Chicago even. Spring in Michael's area starts a lot
    sooner and autumns and even early winters are generally very mild...


    --
    Best
    Greg



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    George Leppla Guest

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    brooklyn1 wrote:
    > On 31 Jan 2010 12:49:43 GMT, "Michael \"Dog3\""
    > <don'[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >> Melba's Jammin' <[email protected]>
    >> news:[email protected]: in
    >> rec.food.cooking
    >>
    >>> In article <[email protected]>, Becca <[email protected]>
    >>> wrote:
    >>>
    >>>> Our parsley is still alive. A few weeks ago, the temperature dropped
    >>>> to 17 degrees, and it was below freezing for about 36 hours. I just
    >>>> knew it would kill the parsley, but it didn't. Are there any other
    >>>> herbs that can withstand weather that cold? I was shocked, to be
    >>>> honest. BTW, that was the coldest weather I have ever seen.
    >>>>
    >>>>
    >>>> Becca
    >>> My rosemary held up well.

    >> How long does your rosemary last? Mine makes it until December,
    >> depending on temps. Unless I take it inside of course. I have a clump
    >> of creeping oregano that goes pretty strong and the cilantro just died
    >> out this year. Some of my chives are still green and we've had some
    >> really low temps this year. It's all a mystery
    >>
    >> Michael

    >
    > No mystery here... depending on growing zone perennials and biennials
    > will easily survive a cold spell... it's the annuals that will go
    > kaput.


    Our big concern is that it got way colder here than normal. Some plants
    like the palm trees and the Mexican Heather that would normally survive
    the winter are looking really bad.

    We usually have about 10 nights each winter when the temps get into the
    upper 20's for a few hours. This year, I think it went down to 16 one
    morning and never got above freezing for about 48 hours. That is a real
    shock for this part of the country.

    George L

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