Category: Herbs

Using Your Herbs

Many gardeners include herbs in the landscape for their appearance and the intoxicating scents they release. But don’t forget to use your herbs for cooking or on your salads and other fresh vegetables. Here are some flavoring ideas. Rosemary can be used for flavoring meats, especially wild game. It’s also excellent in breads, vinegar, butters … […]

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Growing Herbs in the Shade

Harvests from a herb garden can certainly be a grand addition when cooking. Growing herb plants also adds color, form, foliage, and scent to the landscape. The Mediterranean region, with its bright sun, is the natural habitat of many common herbs. So it’s not surprising that most herbs grow best in a sunny, well-drained site … […]

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Rosemary

  “ARP” ROSEMARY, AN ALL-WEATHER HERB Newcomers to the area may not be aware that Arp, a small town in Smith County, has lent its name to a particularly hardy strain of herbgarden favorite, rosemary. Though northeast Texas generally has relatively mild winters, long-time residents recall a particularly harsh winter in the early 1980s. Temperatures … […]

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Potpourri Garden

Herbs are grown for many reasons besides culinary purposes. If one has ever had a desire to make their own potpourri, a small herb garden can be designed and filled with fragrance and the necessary flowers and foliage. Roses are an essential part of this garden because their petals form the base of most mixtures. … […]

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Parsley

Parsley is an herb native to Southern Europe that is easy to grow. Like other herbs, it requires well drained soil that receives six hours of full sun. It is actually a biennial plant in our area and, if left all winter, it will flower at the beginning of its second year and set seeds … […]

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Ornamental Herbs

As cold weather curtails our gardening activities, many of us are busy thinking of new plants to add to our landscapes when the days get warm again. Why not try adding an herb bed next year or tucking some ornamental herbs among your other plants? Herbs have seasoned our foods and been used – and … […]

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Mints

Mints grow easily in moist, rich soils almost anywhere in the world. They prefer some shade, but will grow amply in full sun. To grow mint plants from seed, sow 1/8″ deep, barely covering with fine soil, and keep moist. Seeds will germinate in ten to twenty days. Mints are slow to develop during the … […]

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Medicinal Herbs

Many gardeners have already established an herb garden for culinary use; and, in many cases, this same garden may also be used for medicinal purposes. Through the ages, herbs have been thought to have medicinal value for human aliments. Folklore as well as science abounds on this topic. Garlic chives are not only old favorites … […]

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Lemongrass

Lemongrass is a tender perennial that will occupy more than one place in your life. It is an ornamental grass with two-to-three foot, spiky leaves that have a wonderful scent of lemon. Be sure to give it plenty of growing room – a small clump can easily increase to two feet wide or more in … […]

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Lavender

Lavender is one of the world’s most popular herbs. Botanically, lavender is known as Lavandula. It has been around for centuries. Its name derives from the Latin lavar “to wash,” indicating its use for both bathing the human body and washing clothes. The words laundress and laundry derive from the verb lavandre. Most lavenders are … […]

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