Volunteers in the Herb Garden

Volunteers in the Herb Garden

Herb Gardening
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, year after year, once you get them started in the garden. Dill is the easiest of this trio to start. Scatter a few seeds in a bare spot in the garden and you will soon be rewarded by the light green, lacy foliage, known as dillweed, followed by seed heads for use in pickling. Plant in early spring and late summer for the best foliage growth; if started in summer the plants tend to flower…
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Beat the Heat – Grow an Herb Garden Indoors

Beat the Heat – Grow an Herb Garden Indoors

Container Gardening, Herb Gardening, Indoor Gardening
We've been gone... gardening!Hi gardening readers, I know it has been a while! the garden has taken on a new life this year and we have added a full blown herb farm to the mix. We've been so busy gardening we haven't had time for posting. But I got an email from the folks at Fix and thought, yeah, I'd like to share that one! How to Grow a Thriving Herb Garden is a savvy, helpful (and colorful!) article on growing herbs indoors. It made me feel cool just reading it, not having to be outside in the heat. It provides a germination chart, pruning advice, and planter ideas. Enjoy! P.S. I hope your gardens are doing well! Source: Fix.com Blog
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Growth Requirements for Common Herbs

Herb Gardening
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 shade Moist soil 72 inches Seed in fall Hardy AnisePimpinella anisum Annual Alkaline soil Bright Well drained 18 to 24 inches Seed in spring Half hardy Basil, sweet Ocimum basilicum Annual Excellent for pots. Bright Moist soil 18 inches Seed in spring Tender Bay, sweetLaurus nobilis Woody perennial For containers. Topiary. Light shade Well drained 48+ inches Cuttings Tender Borage Borago officinalis Annual Often self-Seeds. Bright Dry soil 24 to 36 inches Seed in spring…
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Alliums

Alliums

Growing Food, Herb Gardening, Organic Gardening
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 in average garden soil and need full sun and good drainage. The drainage is critical because so many of the bulbs are large and will they will rot with too much moisture, especially when it won't drain. Otherwise, they are easy to grow and come back year after year with almost no maintenance. Occasionally, they need dividing after a few years, but that will only pertain to the alliums you do not harvest the roots…
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Appreciating the Winter Garden

Appreciating the Winter Garden

Flower Gardening, Herb Gardening, Year Round Gardening
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, listening for a chickadee's cheerful song, and reveling in the serenity of a garden. My garden is on Capitol Hill in Seattle, surrounded by houses and city activity, but it offers quiet, a moment to sit in the copper-roofed rain shelter during early dusk and savor the silence falling into the earth along with rain. Touring a nursery will also provide a sense of calm, as you breathe in extra oxygen provided by plants in…
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How to Grow Horseradish

Herb Gardening, Organic Gardening
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. Want to clear you sinuses? Prevent scurvy? Bring tears to your eyes? Then Horseradish is the herb for you! Botanical Info: Considered a bitter herb, helping digestion and appetite. Family: Brassicaceae- related to mustard, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, and Brussels sprouts. Genus and species: Armoracia rusticana Other common names: Scurvy Grass, Mountain Radish, Great Mountain Root, Pepperroot Horseradish is a root crop that is thought to be native to Northern or Central Europe. It is…
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The Herb Cottage

Food Supply, Growing Food, Herb Gardening, Organic Gardening
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 root. So, I am perusing her website and she stole my heart with her newsletter archives all the way back to 2002... I gave up on the idea some time ago and simply decided to keep a blog, LOL. If you would like to find some great gardening information, especially in the southern Texas area you really should check out her site Best of all, Cindy has signed the Safe Seed Pledge that states, "I…
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The Many Varieties of Thyme Suit Many Needs in the Home Garden

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

Herb Gardening
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 in the flower garden. With its ease of culture and the multitude of varieties to choose from, thyme can find a place in most gardens. Most people start their thyme collection with cooking thyme (Thymus vulgaris). Not only one of the most useful kitchen herbs, the plant is also attractive with fine green foliage and tiny but abundant flowers. It may not be reliably winter hardy in the extremely colder winters, but replacement plants are…
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Lady Bugs Are Your #1 Natural Pest Control

Flower Gardening, Herb Gardening, Organic Pest & Disease Control
First, this bug has many names. Some of it's names are: lady bugs ladybugs lady beetle asiatic lady beetle Asian Lady Beetle Asian Lady Bugs Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle The Ladybird Beetle is the correct name for a Lady bug and are not bugs but are beetles. Worldwide there are nearly 5,000 different kinds of ladybugs of which 400 are found in North America. The Convergent Lady Beetle is the most common beneficial species of Ladybird beetle in North America. The life cycle of all Lady Bugs are mainly the same. The eggs are laid in the spring. When they hatch the larvae will feed for a couple of weeks and then pupate into adults. During the winter they will hibernate or will have died in the fall. Springtime they…
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Herb Gardening With Culinary Herbs, Ornamental Herbs And Medicinal Herbs

Herb Gardening
Herb gardening has been around for centuries and the joys of an herbal garden is well know to many gardeners. Even beginner gardeners can have a high quality of success by starting with the basics and working their way up to a more complicated herbal garden. You can plant a container herb garden or an indoor herb garden. There are three categories of herbs that can be grown in you herbal gardens, culinary herbs, ornamental herbs, or medicinal herbs. Culinary herb gardening's purpose is to add spice and flavor to your cooking. Culinary herbs are the herbs that use fresh or dried leaves in cooking. Some of the classic culinary herbs are parsley, oregano, rosemary and basil. You may even want to plant some sage and thyme. There is a…
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