Does Basil Keep Flies Away?

Fresh basil in a pot on a dark background.

Many herbaceous plants with strong aromatic essential oils are known to repel the smaller flies such as gnats, some varieties of lavender repels mosquitoes, some varieties of mint repels ants and Basil may repel flies. There are a gazillion varieties of basil, it’s a fragrant herbaceous plant that is grown by multiple cultures Internationally. In … Read more

Dill Companion Plants: What to Plant with Dill?

Young, bright green dill plant in the foreground with curly kale and garlic sprouts in the background.

Companion Planting is the placement of various crops in close physical proximity to one another so as to symbiotically compliment each others health, vigor, growth and the flavor of their produce. It also naturally involves separating plants whose development is antagonistic to each other. It is believed , but not proven, that young dill actually … Read more

20 of Best Basil Varieties to Grow at Home

Top down view of several different types of basil growing in a herb garden.

There are over 50 varieties of Basil as well as some plants that are not true basil but are grown as such due to similar characteristics. Some varieties have a hint of citrus, while others have a cinnamon or a licorice-anise flavor. Some have purple leaves but most are green. Basil is used by many … Read more

The Best Varieties of Dill to Grow at Home

Mature dill plants growing in a garden.

Dill is a useful herb, best known as a pickling spice such as in dill pickles, but it also serves well as a seasoning primarily for fish and poultry and in soups and stews. In the garden it has some companion planting vocations. Dill is dill – right ? Well maybe all dill isn’t alike. … Read more

How to Harvest, Dry, and Store Dill Weed and Seeds

Fresh dill weed and dried seeds on a wooden spoon.

Dill is most commonly revered as a flavoring agent for pickles. Ever had a dill pickle – of course you have. The fine downy like feathery foliage is also used as a seasoning for fish, assorted vegetables and is used in many sauces that you might never suspect contained dill. In warmer weather dill weed … Read more

How to Grow Dill in Pots and Containers

Dill grows on the windowsill of the house in a flower box.

Dill is actually related to carrots and like carrots it produces a rather large central tap root. When planting dill keep this in mind, the depth of the container should be suitable for hosting a large root, at least a foot deep preferably a tad more. Dill is also an annual, grown for a single … Read more

The Best Varieties of Chives to Plant in the Home Garden

A bed of chives in bloom with purple flowers.

The word “chive” comes from the French word “cive” which originated during the Roman era from the Latin word “cepa” meaning onion. There are several primary varieties of chives, the most common being ‘common’ or onion chives followed by garlic chives. 1. Common Chives aka Onion Chives (Allium schoenoprasum) Common chives taste similar to their … Read more

How to Use Chives as Companion Plants

Purple flowering chive plants in foreground and bean trellis in the background.

Chives are highly beneficial to other plants in your vegetable garden. Their aesthetically appealing flowers attract pollinating insects while the sulfur based oils that flow through the plant act as a repellant to many harmful insects. When planted near carrot and related root crops it has been proven to result in larger and longer carrot … Read more

Does Oregano Oil Function as an Antibiotic?

A bottle of oregano essential oil with freshly harvested blooming oregano next to it.

Oregano is a common seasoning / herb. It has been used in the culinary arts for Centuries, but it also has multiple medicinal uses that modern science has been verifying. Its not something big pharmaceutical conglomerates want to become public knowledge but oregano actually works better as an antibiotic than many of the commercial antibiotics. … Read more

Habek Mint: Planting and Growing Guide

Habek Mint (Mentha longifolia) grows among grasses in the wild

Habek Mint aka Bible Mint hales from the Middle East it is believed by some to be the mint plant referred to in several Biblical passages Matthew 23:23 and Luke 11:42. Perennial in suitable zones USDA zones 5 to 11. In zones 3 to 6 it is best grown as an annual or potted and … Read more