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Monday, December 7, 2009 Back to Issue Archive
The Thyme is Now
By Donna Fossum
Slip fresh sprigs of rosemary, sage and thyme beneath the skin of the turkey before roasting.

Holiday feasts are the perfect opportunity to incorporate fresh herbs from your garden. Many fresh herbs are winter tolerant and just begging to be used in your holiday feast.

Fresh herbs are a fast and simple way to enhance tried-and-true recipes, even those heavily seasoned with dried herbs. If your recipe calls for dried herbs, use twice the amount of fresh sturdy herbs, such as rosemary, sage and thyme. For delicate herbs, such as parsley, chives, dill and tarragon, opt for three times the quantity when using fresh.

Harvest herbs just prior to use and in the early morning, if possible, to help maintain freshness and nutrients. To keep them fresh longer, snip off the ends of the stems on the diagonal and put the herbs in a tall glass with one inch of water, like cut flowers. Cover them loosely with a plastic bag to allow for air circulation. Store them in the refrigerator and change the water daily. They should last a week or more stored this way.

When you're ready to use the herbs, rinse them thoroughly under running water. Shake off any remaining moisture and pat dry with a paper towel. Need to prep a much larger amount? Swish them around in a large bowl filled with cold water; transfer just the herbs to another bowl, leaving the dirt and grit in the water. Repeat the process until the water is clear.

Donna Fossum is a conservation planner for San Antonio Water System.

Friday, May 23, 2014
0 in. Bermuda (Full Sun)
0 in. Buffalo (Full Sun)
0 in. St. Augustine (Full Sun)
0 in. St. Augustine (Shade)
0 in. Zoysia (Full Sun)
0 in. Zoysia (Shade)
Use these amounts to water this evening after 8 p.m. or tomorrow morning before 10 a.m. Remember, it's winter. For a healthy lawn, water no more than twice a month, or less if you have drought tolerant grass.
Rain benefits continue this week with established plants. No water necessary. Hand water newly planted plants. Donna Fossum, SAWS Conservation Planner.

Ask A Garden Geek
Can I grow citrus in San Antonio?
Absolutely! A wide variety of citrus can be grown in San Antonio. My suggestions are Satsuma mandarin orange, Mexican lime, Meyer lemon, and Changsha tangerine.
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Star Party
Dec. 12, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Eisenhower Park, 19399 NW Military Hwy.
Go stargazing with the San Antonio Astronomical Society. What will you see in the crisp, clear winter skies? Share this magical experience with the kids. Call 210-564-6400 for reservations and information.
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