How to Plant and Grow Chives

Chives growing in a herb garden.

Chives are bulb plants, a perennial related to the Lilly, onions and garlic. They are also referred to as Garlic chives and Chinese chives. The Onion chive has tubular leaves and pink flowers and a taste similar to mild onions. Chinese or Garlic chives have a garlic-like flavor with flat leaves and white flowers. They … Read more

Mint Planting Guide

Herb – Culinary / Medicinal USDA Zones 3 to 10 Depend. on Variety Soil pH 6.0 to 7.0 Full Sun Perennial Mints are a pungent aromatic perennial herb. Most varieties of mint will spread rampantly. If left unchecked they form a lush ground cover and a net of underground stems. Mint sends out runners that … Read more

Garlic Planting and Growing Guide

Freshly harvested garlic bulbs drying in the outdoors.

Most of our Garlic is grown in China, free of the regulatory constraints of the USDA, it is treated with bleaches and chlorine to give it a whiter color and with chemicals and preservatives long since banned in the US and most Western countries because of their adverse side effects not only to the ecology … Read more

Dill Planting and Growing Guide

A pair of woman's hands picks dill weed.

Dill is a biennial herb / spice, with feathery green leaves, it produces attractive yellow-green flowers in both spring and fall. Dill is used most commonly for Pickling, such as “Dill Pickles” – but is also used in other culinary delights such as soups and stews. Biennial USDA Zones 3 – 11 Seed Depth 1/4 inch … Read more

Best Herbs to Grow Indoors

Basil and thyme plants growing in white pots on a window sill.

Many common herbs for culinary purposes, aromatherapy and medicinal purposes can easily be grown indoors year round. The convenience of having fresh herbs available, as needed and on demand, right in their own home is a wonderful thing. Some herbs fare better than others in indoor environments . Basil, for instance is rather difficult to … Read more

Garlic Companion Planting Guide

Garlic is an awesome companion plant, it accumulates sulfur, a naturally occurring fungicide which will help in the garden with disease prevention. Garlic also is helpful in pest suppression, it discourages aphids, flea beetle, Japanese beetle, fungus gnats, codling moths, cabbage loopers, ants, snails and spider mites as well as vampires and members of the … Read more

Garlic Growing Problems: Cause, Prevention, Treatment

Garlic bulbs pulled from the garden showing the effects of fungal disease.

Garlic accumulates a naturally occurring fungicide sulfur, which also is helpful in pest suppression, it discourages many common garden pests. Unfortunately you repel some of the bugs some of the time and all of the bugs some of the time but you can’t repel all the bugs all the time. There are insects and fungal … Read more

Garlic Inter Planted with Fruit Trees

Garlic has strong anti fungal properties and is effective against many issues that plague fruit trees. Planted near the base of apple trees, garlic protects against apple scab. Planted near the base of peach trees it protects from leaf curls. Many of the same issues that affect Apples and Peaches also hamper pear and cherry trees so naturally garlic is … Read more

How to Grow Chives Indoors

Close up of green chives growing in a terracotta pot.

Fresh herbs year round, growing right in your own kitchen are the kitchen gardeners dream and it is not an overly difficult project. Chives are a common herb that can be grown indoors, but there are a few caveats and tips to be aware of. Common sense dictates that you start with a suitable container[s] … Read more