Tag Your Herbs

by Greenthumb on June 23, 2012

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Name that herb plant!

So you’ve started a few things from seed and planted a few  new herbs. They sort of look alike, but you know where you planted everything, right?

If you’re like me you sure do. You just can’t remember 20 minutes later.

So take a look at these three herbs.They sort of look alike, don’t they?

Young Chervil Herb

young Italian parsley

Young Flat Leaf Parsley

baby lovage herb

Young Lovage Plant

Yep, and the bottom two look nearly identical.

They really aren’t.

If you’ve never grown before and aren’t sure what they should look, smell or taste like it’s easy to confuse things.

Do yourself a big favor and make sure you have tags for your plants!

Tags don’t need to be fancy or expensive. You can paint a rock. You can write on a Popsicle stick or a piece of window blind. You can scratch a name on a piece of metal. Of course you can always buy plant markers or tags, and there are some very cool products out there like these beauties from Mon Petit Chou Boutique.

Beautiful Herb Labels

Beautiful Herb Labels

Just identify your herbs and plants so in 20 minutes or two weeks from now you’ll know which is which!  ;)

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Cindi November 10, 2012 at 3:45 am

I didn’t label my herbs when I dried them, too many!
My kids helped hang them up, I had them all together in bundles so I knew what they were, they mixed them up. Didn’t realize until it was to late???
Now I have no clue on some of them?
First year doing this?
Help? How can I label all the bunches?

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Greenthumb November 10, 2012 at 5:10 pm

Hi Cindi!
Something that might work next time: When you hang the bunches, just tie a name tag to each bundle. That really helps! After they are all dry they go into labelled jars with the date, and the herb’s common and botanical names.
With this year’s herbs (as long as they are all culinary/safe) you may be able to taste and smell the few you aren’t sure about-unless you can’t remember what all you planted and harvested! I usually toss the ones I can’t identify by taste, smell or appearance just to be on the safe side. Good luck :)

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Jackie @Syrup and Biscuits June 27, 2012 at 12:10 pm

You are so right about labeling your plants. Not only does it help you remember what you’ve planted, the markers looks fantastic!

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Greenthumb July 13, 2012 at 2:44 am

Hi Jackie! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said, “I’ll label that in a minute” and then didn’t…and promptly forgot what they were :(

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