Herb Profiles

Herb Profiles

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Old Fashioned Watercress
Watercress is an old fashioned plant, yet many perceive it as "trendy" or "fancy". It's easy to grow from seed for harvesting year round, and it's readily available in most pro ...
Parsley: The All-Purpose Herb
Parsley is a wonderful all purpose herb! The great thing about it, is that it's so widely available in markets that even if you don't grow it you can find it easily. I put fresh parsley in ...
Purslane: An Herb or a Weed?
Purslane (Portulaca oleraceae), is a potherb, an annual succulent, a green, and to many, a weed. But it's been found to be a source of Vitamin A, C and E, plus contains an omega-3 fatty aci ...
Red Clover for Tea and More
Red clover was one of my favorite wildflowers as a child. I thought they were so pretty, but little did I know that they are also an exceptional helper for the soil and for us. Red clover i ...
Relaxing With Chamomile
Chamomile is an herb that brings memories, relaxation and joy. It's used in the bath, as a comforting tea and in cosmetic recipes. We'll be profiling two types of chamomile-German (Matricar ...
Roses: The Beloved Herb
Roses are not only beautiful, but they are a soothing, fragrant herb that we can use in recipes, both culinary and cosmetic. Always make sure you are using an organic, unsprayed or treated r ...
Saffron Tea Cake and Memories
If you have to buy it, this spice truly is as expensive as its reputation suggests. Producing saffron commercially is hugely labor intensive. It takes 75,000 blossoms to produce just a pound ...
Savory Cilantro
Cilantro is a cool weather herb if you grow it as cilantro instead of coriander, which is harvested for the seeds.Cilantro is actually the leaves of coriander. Growing it as cilantro you wi ...
Sorrel: Greens or Herb?
Sorrel is often thought of as a salad green, rather than an herb, but it's actually both! The tangy lemony leaves are best added to salads while young and tender. If you gr ...
Spilanthes; the Toothache Plant
Spilanthes is a member of the Asteraceae family with over 60 species occurring in this genus. Spilanthes acmella is also known as the toothache plant. The bronze-green leaves a ...
Stinging Nettle: Friend or Foe
Stinging nettle, Urtica dioica, is actually high in vitamin C, iron and potassium plus is used in herbal medicine as a treatment for many things, including allergies! However, if you handle ...
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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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