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Growing Dill – Planting, Storing and Harvesting Dill Weed

The flavor dried dill just can’t compete with that of the fresh herb. Let’s check out some tips for growing dill. Fresh dill is a very popular kitchen herb. It is highly aromatic and really easy to grow. Fresh herbs are something that I grow year round, both indoors and outside, either in pots or …

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Growing Tarragon – Planting, Using, Harvesting Tips – French Tarragon

Tarragon is a perennial herb with an anise-licorice flavor that is often used in French cuisine. Follow these tips for growing tarragon in your kitchen herb garden. What is tarragon? French Tarragon, artemesia dracunulus, is also known as estragon.  It is a member of the asteraceae (sunflower) family.  Tarragon is a type of perennial herb …

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Vegetable Garden on a Deck – 11 Tips for Growing Vegetables on a Patio

If you don’t have a big yard with room for a large vegetable garden, try growing a vegetable garden on a deck.  Vegetable gardening is one of the great pleasures of the summer months for many gardeners. But for many of us, space does not allow a full outside garden or even raised garden beds. …

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20 Seed Starting Tips – When to Sow – How to Transplant + Printable

These 20 seed starting tips will help you to get your garden going early this year. With seeds, it’s never too early to get gardening! The holidays have come and gone and most of us are hunkering down for the colder months of the year.  But wait – now is the perfect time to think …

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Sage Plant Care – How to Plant, Grow and Harvest Garden Sage

These tips for sage plant care will help you get the most out of this popular garden herb plant. Garden sage is a culinary herb that is often used around the holidays to flavor your stuffing, but I use it all year round as a flavor component for chicken dishes. Sage is not just for …

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List of Perennial Herbs and How to Use Them in Cooking

Growing herbs can be expensive, particularly if the plants that you choose are annuals that will only grow for one year. Try choosing from this list of perennial herbs instead. They will give long lasting value, year after year. Hands down, the best value for your dollar is a perennial plant.  I’ve noticed that many …

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Starting Seeds Indoors with Jiffy Peat Pellets – How to Grow Seeds in Peat Pots

Get a head start on spring gardening by starting seeds indoors with Jiffy Peat Pellets. These handy peat pots have the perfect soil for seedlings and they can be transplanted right into the ground as soon as the weather is warm enough. This step by step tutorial features a Jiffy Peat Pellet Greenhouse with perennial, …

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Growing Cilantro – How to Grow, Harvest and Use Fresh Cilantro

Growing Cilantro is quite easy as long as you take care to keep it away from the hottest heat. Love it or hate it, cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) is still one of the most popular herbs for kitchen gardens . Cilantro is a staple of Mexican and Asian cooking. It makes a great garnish and is best served …

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Growing Chives – How to Plant, Grow and Harvest Fresh Chives

Chives are a perennial herb found throughout the world. They are a very versatile herb that can be grown in herb garden beds, in patio containers and flower pots.  This popular herb is a member of the lily family. Growing chives is very easy to do. These tips will show you how to plant, grow …

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Growing Chervil – How to Grow Chervil Herb (And Some Substitutes!)

Chervil is a delicate herb that comes from the carrot family.  Close cousins are dill, parsley and fennel. If you like to cook French cuisine, growing chervil is a good idea, since the fresh herb is hard to find at local grocery stores and Farmer’s Markets. Chervil is a native of Southeastern Europe, southern Russia …

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Herbs to Grow Indoors – 10 Best Herbs for Sunny Windowsills

Which herbs should choose for your indoor garden?  Here are my top 10 picks for herbs to grow indoors. There is nothing quite like the taste of fresh herbs to really add a boost to your home made recipes.  Many gardeners enjoy growing herbs outside during the summer months, but winter temperatures will kill them …

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Growing Herbs Indoors – How to Grow Herb Plants Inside

I love growing herbs in my garden but most of them die off in the winter months.  Since I use herbs for cooking all the time, my answer is growing herbs indoors during the winter. Some herbs are annuals and need to be planted each year, and others are perennials and will continue growing year after …

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Pruning Rosemary – How and When to Prune Rosemary Plants

Growing herbs is a great way to add an edible element to your garden. Rosemary is normally quite easy to control if you keep it in a pot, but if you have it growing freely in the garden, it can easily get woody and shabby looking. This is when these tips for pruning rosemary are helpful. …

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Mosquito Repelling Plants – Keep Those Bugs Away!

With summer comes lots of outdoor living.  Sadly, that can mean lots of mosquitoes. I don’t like to use chemical products but, thankfully, Mother Nature has the perfect answer – Mosquito Repelling Plants! We can grow annuals, perennials and herbs that will keep the bugs away naturally. With all the hype about West Nile Virus, …

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Get into the Gardening Spirit with Plant Something Day

Do you remember those days from years ago when May baskets were added to a friend’s doorway on May Day, the First of May?  I remember those days, fondly, and it saddens me that the day is not really celebrated any longer. But not to fear, there are still lots of days to celebrate a …

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30 Tips for a Great Vegetable Garden Harvest Plus 6 Garden Recipes

Follow my 30 tips for a great vegetable garden harvest, and you will be bringing in baskets of fresh vegetables all summer long this year. Do you have a great vegetable harvest, or is yours just so so this year? Summer is that time of the year when vegetables are starting to really show up in …

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Fresh Herbs – Annual, Perennial or Biennial – Which is Yours?

There is nothing quite like the flavor of fresh herbs for cooking.  Growing herbs is something that many cooks try their hand at, to have them on hand all the time. Do you know whether the one you are growing is an annual,  \perennial or biennial? This can sometimes be confusing and the answer is not …

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Growing Oregano – From The Planter to Italian Dishes

If you love the flavor of garden fresh taste in your recipes, be sure to try growing herbs. Oregano is a herb used in many international dishes, but is best known for use in Italian recipes.   Most people who cook will have used the dried version of oregano, but growing oregano is easy.  Oregano is …

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Growing Basil – Learn how to grow it easily – Annual

There is nothing quite like growing herbs to add a farm fresh flavor to all your recipes. And if the plant is easy to grow, even better! Every kitchen gardener should try their hand at  growing basil. If you are into vegetable gardening, it’s a great herb plant to add into your crops, too. Basil is …

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DIY Wooden Spoon Herb Plant Markers

Growing herbs adds a ton of flavor to all your recipes, but keeping track of what is growing can be challenging. These wooden spoon herb plant markers are both functional and decorative. Herb Identification might seem easy but those tiny seedlings have a frustrating way of looking the same! I have a large group of herbs …

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