Herb Guide: It’s About Thyme

Thymus vulgaris Also, Known As: Black Thyme Common Thyme English Thyme French Thyme Garden Thyme German Thyme Serpyllum Thyme Tomillo Winter Thyme Thyme is a common name given to all the herbs belonging to the plant species called Thymus. The Thymus is indigenous to Europe and Asia and all plants belong to this species are … Continue reading Herb Guide: It’s About Thyme

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Growing Heather {Calluna vulgaris}

Also, Known As: Heather Scotch Heather The familiar heather plant - Calluna vulgaris - belongs to the Ericaceae plant family. The plant is an evergreen shrub that has many branching stems and can reach one to two feet in length when fully grown. The heather is characterized by the possession of minute and needle-like leaves, … Continue reading Growing Heather {Calluna vulgaris}

Growing Lemongrass

Also known as Fever grass, Bhustrina, and Takrai. From the family Poaceae. This important culinary and medicinal herb, which can be found throughout the tropics, is indigenous to Southeast Asia where it is used extensively to produce an essential oil. It is also a snake repellent and a versatile garden plant. There are records showing … Continue reading Growing Lemongrass

Creating Herb Gardens With Children

Visit http://www.kidsgardening.org/ for more fun gardening ideas at school or at home. Herbs arouse kids' curiosity and interest because they thoroughly engage the senses. What better motivator for student investigations than plants that feel cool, smell great, and can turn mere tomatoes into pizza sauce? Their life stories, it turns out, are fascinating too. After all, … Continue reading Creating Herb Gardens With Children

A Shady Subject…

Question: I have a lot of trees in my yard, which leaves very few sunny spots. Are there any herbs I can grow? Answer: Most herbs love the sun, but some do thrive in woodlands and other shady spaces. Look for herbs that have shallow roots, which help them compete with tree roots that tend … Continue reading A Shady Subject…

Plant Profile: Red Clover {Trifolium pratense}

Family: Fabaceae This all-around wellness herb and blood purifier is a key ingredient in herbal blends popularized during the early 1900's and used in cancer treatment, including Essiac, Dr. Christopher's Red Clover Combination, and the Hoxsey formula. Red clover has been an Old World symbol for luck and abundance since ancient times. And when it … Continue reading Plant Profile: Red Clover {Trifolium pratense}

That Funny Little Spring Weed: Lamb’s Quarter

Lambs quarter is one of the most common weeds in gardens, backyards, and fallow fields, following human habitation closely. If you add horse or cow manure to your garden you will have a steady supply of these tasty wild greens for most of spring and summer. Easy to recognize with its alternate, triangle-to-diamond shaped leaves … Continue reading That Funny Little Spring Weed: Lamb’s Quarter

A Living Herbal Apothecary

Whether you're an experienced farmer or completely new to the world of gardening, medicinal herbs offer a unique growing experience. In this article, you'll learn the steps you need to take to create a living herbal apothecary outside your door. If you have the land to cultivate and would like to grow your own herbs, … Continue reading A Living Herbal Apothecary

Our ‘Go To’ Herb: Parsley

Petroselinum crispum Also, Known As: Common Parsley Curly Parsley Flat-leaved Parsley Parsley Parsley (botanical name Petroselinum crispum) belongs to the family Apiaceae and is among the most well-known herbs that are extensively used for garnishing of over 2,000 years, but it is hardly ever consumed. In addition, the leaves, fruits and the root of this … Continue reading Our ‘Go To’ Herb: Parsley

Our ‘Go To’ Herb: Marjoram

Not quite oregano and not quite thyme, marjoram {Origanum majorana} is one of those herbs that sit in the spice cabinet for years - decades even -  just waiting to make an appearance in some stew or stuffing where it can finally shine. Like its cousin oregano, marjoram is a member of the mint {Lamiaceae} … Continue reading Our ‘Go To’ Herb: Marjoram