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 Herb of the Year 2018
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

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Sara
Paris TX
USA
3685 Posts

Posted - Jan 02 2018 :  06:39:37 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
For new FarmGirls: Some of us plant the National Herb Society HOTY to celebrate our Jubilee in May and some plant roses. Like everything else connected with our Jubilee we choose our own path of celebrating. I choose to plant HOTY. BTW - May is MaryJane's birthday month.

I post early for us who order our seeds and plants at this time of the year.

This years HOTY is hops. Must say I am not at all interested in hops - never thought about it must less to plant it. So I am substituting apple mint instead. Apple mint will tie in with our Apple Festival in Sept.

If you wish to plant a Jubilee herb this year and do not want hops then you can follow my lead and do apple mint or choose a herb to your liking and deem it your Jubilee herb. 2018 is wild open when it comes to what herb we plant.

I will order my apple mint from Mountain Valley Growers when I place my order for other herbs sometime this week. The plants will be delivered at my planting time.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015.
Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

3608 Posts

Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
3608 Posts

Posted - Jan 02 2018 :  4:52:13 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Apple mint??? I have never heard of that or tried it but it sounds like I need to pursue it! I will see if it can grow here in Florida before I order some. Great idea, Sara to substitute an herb that will carry us right up to the Annual Farmgirl Apple Festival here at MJF in September! I love it!!

Winnie #3109
Red Tractor Girl
Farm Sister of the Year 2014-2015
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3685 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3685 Posts

Posted - Jan 02 2018 :  4:58:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Winnie, I'm glad you like my apple mint idea - thought you might. If you find you can't grow it and mine does good I will dry some and send it to you.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015.
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Red Tractor Girl
True Blue Farmgirl

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Winnie
Gainesville Fl
USA
3608 Posts

Posted - Jan 03 2018 :  06:36:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Sara!! I have "do research on apple mint" on my growing list this week of things to do. I will let you know when I have time to ask around at the local nursery that carries a wide range of plants for this area.

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Red Tractor Girl
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hudsonsinaf
True Blue Farmgirl

3010 Posts

Shannon
Rozet Wyoming
USA
3010 Posts

Posted - Jan 03 2018 :  06:42:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I bet apple mint would make great jam...

What do you use hops for? Guess I need to look those up! I'm still trying to get my kitchen herb garden set up... I havent figured out what works yet for us here.

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3685 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3685 Posts

Posted - Jan 03 2018 :  06:51:43 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Shannon can't help you with hops. I wasn't interested so I didn't look it up. Didn't think about making jelly with the apple mint but you're right it should be good. I was thinking along the lines of adding it to apple pie for Apple Pie Sunday. The only time of the year I actually make a pie of any kind. A baker I am not.

After I dry it I think I will make apple mint sugar which should be good in the apple pie and hot/iced tea. I hope both you and Winnie can grow it in your areas.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
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churunga
True Blue Farmgirl

2862 Posts

Marie
Minneapolis MN
USA
2862 Posts

Posted - Jan 03 2018 :  07:03:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hops are using in beer making.

Marie, Sister #5142
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hudsonsinaf
True Blue Farmgirl

3010 Posts

Shannon
Rozet Wyoming
USA
3010 Posts

Posted - Jan 03 2018 :  07:18:32 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Marie - well I certainly wont be making beer, but I was thinking hops are medicinal as well... I'm thinking they have a sedative property...

~ Shannon, Sister # 5349
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quiltee
True Blue Farmgirl

4901 Posts

Linda
Lone Oak TX
USA
4901 Posts

Posted - Jan 03 2018 :  09:49:13 AM  Show Profile  Send quiltee a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Apple mint sounds like an interesting herb. I’am going to check on that.

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Linda O
Lone Oak, TX

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Blessed in Colorado
True Blue Farmgirl

3665 Posts

Deborah L.
Colorado
USA
3665 Posts

Posted - Jan 03 2018 :  10:04:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Umm, Apple Mint sounds wonderful, I will see if I can grow it here in the mountains and almost 9000 feet in altitude. May have to try to grow it inside in my window herb garden.
Looking forward to celebrating Jubilee this year.

Hugs,
Deb
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3685 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3685 Posts

Posted - Jan 03 2018 :  10:34:32 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here's the on-line nursery I will order apple mint plant from and info on mints in general. http://www.mountainvalleygrowers.com/herbsordermethod.htm


Apple Mint Mentha suaveolens

A container with a large surface area helps mint to grow abundantly. Mints grown in five to six hours of sun develop better color and flavor. In hot summer areas, late afternoon shade helps to cut down on the watering chores.

They are hardy to zone 5 and will die back to the ground in winter. Cut Apple Mint to the ground in late fall and it will be fresh and crisp in spring. It may need to be divided in the spring. When the mint stops producing heavily, it is time to thin out the roots.

Apple Mint makes a great addition to kitchen herb garden

Cultural Information

Height: 2 Feet
Hardiness: Perennial
in Zones 5-11
Flower Color: White
Characteristics: Full\Part
Sun, Herbaceous
Uses: Butterfly Plant,
Culinary, Fragrant




Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
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HodgeLodge
True Blue Farmgirl

660 Posts

Tiana
Berkeley Springs WV
USA
660 Posts

Posted - Jan 03 2018 :  12:30:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
YellowRose, I have planted the hops once. It didn't do well since my husband mowed it down. I would like to try to grow them again. Thanks for the encouragement. Either way you go with the plants they both are great.

Farmgirl #4817-The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses. ~Hanna Rion

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3685 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3685 Posts

Posted - Jan 03 2018 :  12:52:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Tiana, why did you grow hops and how did you plan to use it? You're the first person I know of who has planted hops. Sorry you lost the crop.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015.
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HodgeLodge
True Blue Farmgirl

660 Posts

Tiana
Berkeley Springs WV
USA
660 Posts

Posted - Jan 03 2018 :  1:29:40 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
YellowRose, We make soap and balms for the markets and a few state parks. One of our soaps has some ground hops in it was the first reason. 2nd I like to grow anything that is unusual- we are growing beach plums and Russian Pomegranites in West Virginia. My plums have produced but not the pomegranite as of yet. I thought maybe one day I would try my hand at making a beer or ale or grow them for my son who has made beer. We don't drink beer here at our Lodge. It is also a very beautiful plant. I saw them growing at a heritage museum once and thought how beautiful and fragrant it was. So...I am trying.


Farmgirl #4817-The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses. ~Hanna Rion

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3685 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3685 Posts

Posted - Jan 03 2018 :  1:59:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks. I've made soap before so when you mentioned it you got my attention so I looked up hops. Did not realize it was a vine - a very long 25' vine so it's not for me and my wee container gardens. Will stick with apple mint for my Jubilee herb. I do like learning from other FarmGirls about what they have grown.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015.
Lord put your arm around my shoulders and your hand over my mouth.

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HodgeLodge
True Blue Farmgirl

660 Posts

Tiana
Berkeley Springs WV
USA
660 Posts

Posted - Jan 03 2018 :  2:00:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
apple mint does sound wonderful though. I don't have that one.

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Sobyn
True Blue Farmgirl

752 Posts

Sabrina
Kansas
USA
752 Posts

Posted - Jan 03 2018 :  4:45:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ohhh I want to participate....hmm apple mint vs hops....I'm going to have to look up what they are both used for to decide what I want to plant. Tell me about some people planting roses, I might do that too! :). I have a rose bed but the darn dogs knocked a couple of my baby bushes down last year so will be planting a new one or two anyway. I won't be able to host or attend a Jubilee this year but am finally where I can plant something of my own!!

Sabrina

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nndairy
True Blue Farmgirl

1378 Posts

Heather
Wapakoneta Ohio
USA
1378 Posts

Posted - Jan 09 2018 :  09:24:19 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My mother in law got me an apple mint plant last year. I put it in a pot and it made wonderful tea! It's not too strong like the orange mint I had before. I LOVED it. I put the pot in the garage and I'll see what it does this spring. I HIGHLY recommend trying it! I'll be looking for more if mine doesn't come back.

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September 2014 Farmgirl of the Month
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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3685 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3685 Posts

Posted - Jan 09 2018 :  10:48:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Heather good to hear you have grown apple mint and liked it. I've ordered one along with other herbs and it will be delivered on April 9 just in time for planting.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015.
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countrymommy85
True Blue Farmgirl

896 Posts

Krystle
Polson MT
USA
896 Posts

Posted - Jan 10 2018 :  07:50:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I am looking into Hops! One of my favorite restaurants has Hops growing as a shade plant, I believe it is the male plant as there is no fruit produced, just vines. It grows back every year and very quickly, shading their patio from direct sun. Very cool plant, I would like to learn more about it :)

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YellowRose
True Blue Farmgirl

3685 Posts

Sara
Paris TX
USA
3685 Posts

Posted - Jan 10 2018 :  08:28:18 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Krystle, growing hops for shade is interesting. If you do it let us know how it turns out.

Sara~~~ FarmGirl Sister #6034 8/25/14
FarmGirl of the Month Sept 2015.
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HodgeLodge
True Blue Farmgirl

660 Posts

Tiana
Berkeley Springs WV
USA
660 Posts

Posted - Jan 10 2018 :  08:56:05 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That does sound interesting growing it for shade. Please do let us know how it goes.

Farmgirl #4817-The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses. ~Hanna Rion

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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

11092 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal Washington
USA
11092 Posts

Posted - Feb 28 2018 :  5:47:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I picked up a packet of Basel seeds to hopefully plant...
I stillhave not found any 'Hops ' yet... but amstill searching
around here... it's still to early to even think about gardening over
here in the West Plains of Eastern Washington... but soon...
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ceejay48
Farmgirl Legend/Schoolmarm/Sharpshooter

13206 Posts

CeeJay (CJ)
Dolores Colorado
USA
13206 Posts

Posted - Mar 01 2018 :  11:47:54 AM  Show Profile  Send ceejay48 a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
Apple mint makes wonderful iced tea. A friend of ours gave us a plant last summer which we planted, so now we wait until spring to see if it survived winter!

We have a great local micro brewery that grows hops in the patio area, which is where we like to eat when we go there in summer. The hops is great "viney" shade. That would be the only reason I would plant it!
CJ


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Bonnie Ellis
True Blue Farmgirl

2308 Posts

Bonnie
Minneapolis Minnesota
USA
2308 Posts

Posted - Mar 02 2018 :  12:12:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I t
Honk I will try hops just because the plant looks so cool. I have grown Apple mint before. Smells wonderful but the smell is not as strong as spearmint for example.

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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

11092 Posts

Grace
WACAL Gal Washington
USA
11092 Posts

Posted - Mar 02 2018 :  7:14:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Bonnie,, another lovely mint to plant is 'chocolate' mint! truly delightful

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