Archive for the ‘Herbs’ Category

How & Why to Grow Papalo

We tried growing this unusual herb twice last summer by direct seeding. No go. They are reputed to have a very low germination rate, so we figured that was the reason. We were anxious to try this herb, widely used in Hispanic recipes and described as similar to cilantro but stronger, and with a hint [...]

May 17, 2015  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Herbs, How to Grow  2 Comments

Stevia – You Can Grow That!

Stevia has the reputation of being difficult to grow, and the truth is, it is just picky about germination. It can take a number of seeds to get one or two to sprout. Unlike most seeds, stevia needs the light to germinate. To plant, just lay the seeds right on top of your seed starting [...]

April 4, 2015  Tags: , , , , , ,   Posted in: Herbs, How to Grow, You Can Grow That!  2 Comments

Aloe from Seed – You Can Grow That!

Every gardener, whether they admit it or not, has at some point grown something in spite of themselves. Perhaps they didn’t know any better; ask me sometime about my first experience playing golf (ps. don’t ask himself). Or maybe they gave up on a plant, only to have it thrive. Such was the case with [...]

March 4, 2015  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Herbs, You Can Grow That!  2 Comments

How to Grow – Fenugreek

America really is the Melting Pot, and nobody knows this better than veggie gardeners. While many are familiar with numerous Asian veggies as well as those of Europe and our Indigenous peoples, less avail themselves of what the people of India have to offer. Of course, growing conditions are always a consideration. Still there are [...]

January 4, 2015  Tags: , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Herbs, How to Grow, You Can Grow That!  No Comments

How to Grow Flax for Beauty and for Seeds

Flax seeds from your garden? Yep, you can grow that! Here’s a plant with a long growing history. In times gone by it was used not only to consume the seeds, but to weave clothes as well. We’re not taking it quite that far though. The beautiful feathery leaves on stems about 2-3 feet tall [...]

September 4, 2014  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Grains, Herbs, How to Grow  4 Comments

Curry – You Can Grow That!

It was about 3 years ago that I brought home a curry plant from the local nursery. My husband giggled “You can’t grow curry.” he said, “Curry is a combination of herbs and spices.” Of course it turned out he was right; after all, food is his field. Apparently what I had purchased was a [...]

April 4, 2014  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Herbs, How to Grow, Preparedness & Green Living, You Can Grow That!  6 Comments

How to Grow – Catnip

An easy to grow from seed member of the mint family, catnip does well in pots and prefers sun. It is perennial in Zones 3-9, making it a wonderful plant for many areas. Plant in the spring when the ground has warmed, covering the seeds lightly. Keep moist until they germinate. Like other mints, it [...]

March 25, 2014  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Herbs, How to Grow  4 Comments

How to Grow – Lavender

Often thought of as a flower, Lavender is an herb that has many things going for it. The first is obvious; the delicate leaves and beautiful flowers are reason enough to grow this plant in your garden. Get closer and you will find another one; the wonderful scent of the flowers is soothing and relaxing. [...]

February 25, 2014  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Herbs, How to Grow  2 Comments

How to Grow Tarragon

Tarragon is one of the less frequently used herbs in the Jones’ kitchen, but still worth growing for anyone who has the space. Although there are many varieties, the most common are French and Russian. The French variety has a stronger, longer lasting flavor and is considered to be better for cooking. The flavor is [...]

December 15, 2013  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Herbs, How to Grow  No Comments

How to Grow Parsley

Like many herbs, parsley is easy enough to grow. Plant seeds shallowly after danger of frost is past and the weather has warmed. Keep it moist throughout the growing season, and harvest sparingly until the plant is growing well. There are two types of parsley grown for eating the leaves, curly leaf and flat leaf. [...]

November 15, 2013  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: Herbs, How to Grow  No Comments