Category: Herb Gardening

Herbs for Tea Making

Growing Herbs Herbs for tea making are as easy to grow as other herbs as the end use is different but the growing conditions are the same, good soil, warmth, light and moisture. For beginners, you only need to start off with a few plants of mint, a patch of chamomile and 4-6 lemon balm …

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How to Grow a Year-Round Italian Herb Garden

Italian cuisine is among the most celebrated around the world, and one of the secrets to Italian cooking is the use of fresh herbs. That’s right – you can be a great Italian chef if you have these fresh herbs handy anytime, and what else is easier if you have your very own Italian herb …

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Spa in the Garden: Growing Fragrant Plants

The use of aromatic herbs and plants for medicinal purpose dates back to the early Egyptian era. Romans and Greeks also constructed aromatic gardens in the early years for their timeless beauty and fragrance. Aromatherapy is quite effective and popular to date and people do not mind spending money for the therapeutic effects of fragrant …

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Growing Mint: How to Handle Mint Rust Disease

Mint is a strong resilient plant that is quite able to look after itself providing you don’t over-water it. However, if you are growing mint regularly the chances are that at some stage your mint will be affected by the mint rust fungus. You’ll be able to recognize the mint rust fungus (called Puccinia menthae by the …

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Now Remember Rosemary

Mad Ophelia tells us: “There’s Rosemary, that’s for remembrance”. In Shakespeare’s day it was common knowledge that rosemary helped one remember. Today, as then, herbalists agree: “For weyknesse of ye brayne, sethe rosemaria in wyne and keep ye heed warme”. The leaves of this tough, evergreen shrub, are valued for both medicinal and culinary uses. …

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Bringing the Herb Garden Home for Health and Happiness

For thousands of years, people have grown plants for culinary and medicinal uses. These days, outside of certain communities, it is less common to have an herb garden, and many people don’t know the difference between lemon balm and lemongrass. But rest assured; this guide to the must-haves in any herb garden will help stave …

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Rosemary Care Tips: How to Plant, Harvest, Propagate and Enjoy This Wonderful Herb

Rosemary is a beautiful and highly aromatic herbal plant, with needle-shaped, almost pine-like leaves and pretty purplish-blue flowers. The herb originates from the Mediterranean, with a beautiful Latin name meaning “Dew from the Sea”. Indeed, wild Rosemary can be found along the sea cliffs in Spain, Italy and Greece. Rosemary Care As you can imagine, …

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Types of Sage and Its Traditional Uses

Latin Name: Artemisia tridentataBotanical Family: Compositae (daisy family) Latin Name: Salvia spp.Botanical Family: Labiatae (mint family) The ancient Romans associated sage with immortality, longevity, and strong mental capacities. The Latin verb sapere, from which the common name derives, means both “to have a good taste” and “to have good sense,” thus linking the plant with wisdom. Artemis, the …

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Growing Herbs: Fennel

Fennel The ancient Greek word for fennel is “marathon”, based on the Greek victory over the Persians in 470 BC at Marathon, a battle that was fought in a field of fennel. Fennel is mentioned as early as 3500 years ago in the Ebers Papyrus, an ancient Egyptian medical manuscript for the treatment of flatulence. …

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Marvelous Mint: Planting, Harvesting, and Usage

Mint or Mentha is much more than a plant grown to brew tea. The aromatic fresh green leaves can be used in the kitchen to spice up a fruit salad, sherbet, and ice cream. There are numerous other reasons to grow mint. The list includes the following: The rich nectar and pollen attracts beneficial insects …

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