Volunteers in the Herb Garden

dill foliage

Volunteers in the Herb Garden… Parsley, caraway, and dill Every gardener could use herb garden volunteers to help out once in a while. Especially when the volunteer tastes as good as some that are commonly found in the herb garden. Parsley, caraway, and dill are three commonly used herbs that will return on their own, … Read more

Growth Requirements for Common Herbs

Different herbs have different growth requirements to flourish. The growing environment that will cause one herb to grow plentiful for you will cause another to languish. The table below will help you find the right spot for the right herb. HERB LIGHT SOIL HEIGHT PROPAGATION HARDINESS Angelica Angelica archangelica Biennial Best in cool climates Light … Read more

Alliums

alliums

The Allium family of plant includes onions, garlic, shallots, leeks, and scallions The latin word allium literally means ‘garlic’. Alliums are herbaceous perennials with flowers produced on scapes, a flower stem. Hardiness: Alliums can be grown in Zones 3 to 9, depending upon the species and the cultivar. Alliums aren’t terribly picky: Most alliums grow … Read more

Appreciating the Winter Garden

hellabores - christmas rose

Two words bring together my feelings about gardening: appreciation and fascination. At the end of December, when time seems compressed and hasty, tasks are many and quiet moments few, the garden gives us time to appreciate a slower, gentler pace. Appreciation means, to me, looking closely at plants, sensing the feel of damp winter air, … Read more

How to Grow Horseradish

In 1995 the International Herb Association started naming a Herb of the Year. This practice brings focus each year to a particular herb so herb enthusiasts, groups and gardeners can learn more about an individual herb. This year, 2011, Horseradish, Armoracia rusticana, is the herb of the year. So, let’s explore this pungent, powerful herb. … Read more

The Herb Cottage

Okay, I haven’t been there in a very long time, but I was born in Texas, does that count? 😉 I was delighted that Cindy offered us the opportunity to publish her article, Horseradish, Herb of the Year 2011 a well written and informative article on the history, medicinal uses, and cultivation of the horseradish … Read more

The Many Varieties of Thyme Suit Many Needs in the Home Garden

thyme (vulgaris) in bloom

Thymes for kitchen use, thymes for fragrance, thymes for beauty – the many varieties of thyme suit many needs in a home garden. Everyone knows thyme as a versatile culinary ingredient, but there are also thymes that are scented of orange, lemon, and lavender. Try using thyme as a ground cover, or as a border … Read more