Herb Profiles

Herb Profiles

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Growing and Cooking With Fennel
There are two types of fennel, the perennial, common fennel, or Foeniculum vulgare and the annual Florence Fennel or F. vulgare azoricum. In part one of our series, we are talking about the ...
Growing and Cooking With Fennel: Florence Fennel
Florence Fennel (F. vulgare azoricum), also known as finocchio, is an annual. One source did called this variety F. vulgare dulce, but it appears that is not actually correct. If you look f ...
Growing and Using Angelica
Angelica Archangelica, also known as Archangelica officinalis, is a wonderfully grand heirloom herb that has a rich history. As the name implies it was considered an angelic herb in medieva ...
Growing and Using Anise
Anise, Pimpinella anisum, came to the United States in the 18th Century. Each settler was instructed to bring with them six anise seeds to plant when they arrived. Herbs and spices are so c ...
Growing and Using Bay Leaf
We all remember the small tin of bay leaf our grandmothers and mothers kept on hand to use in stews and soups. I used bay leaf after I left home, not even thinking about the flavor, but addi ...
Growing and Using Bee Balm
Bee Balm, both Monarda fistulosa and Monarda didyma, is an herb grown for it's scent, it's color and it's usefulness. M. fistulosa is the lavender colored wild bergamot which grows often in ...
Growing and Using Caraway
Caraway is one of those under rated herbs placed in the category of "herbs grown for seed". It's really a shame because the leaves and root are edible as well and have their own unique taste!
Growing and Using Catnip
When we bought our first house the backyard was a basically gravel and weeds, except for a couple of lone plants. One was catnip. I thought of it as annoying because it was popping up all ov ...
Growing and Using Elderberry
Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis; American Elder) has a rich history in herbal lore. It was believed to be magical, and even rumored to be ho ...
Growing and Using Garlic Chives
Garlic chives, Allium tuberosum, is a hardy perennial (Zones 3-9) that will grow to about 12 inches high. The stems are skinnier and flat, i ...
Growing and Using Lavender
Lavender is a beautiful and fragrant herb that every gardener should grow. You'll find it hard to limit yourself to just one plant once you ...
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Seasonal Feature
Summer Harvest Tea

Before the cool weather sets in, enjoy the bounty of your herb, flower and vegetable gardens by giving a Summer Harvest Tea Party. Plan your theme around the garden, invite friends and family. Don't make it a formal affair, but rather a way to celebrate everyone's gardens and share produce, flowers, seeds and advice.

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Harvesting and Using Summer Squash

Summer squash is one of my favorite vegetables. I love the yellow summer squash in particular. They should be harvested while still tender, when they have a "glossy" appearance and are still small. You will most likely need to harvest daily once they start to appear.

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