Lavender Planting Guide

Lavender is a flowering plant, grown in many gardens, and used as an herb, a medicinal and a fragrance as it gives off a euphoric aroma that has kept it popular for centuries. It has its origins in the Mediterranean regions. For medicinal purpose and in aromatherapy ,lavender provides herbal relief for both headaches and … Read more

Anise Hyssop Planting Guide

A perennial flowering plant with culinary and medicinal properties. Although it is known as Anise Hyssop, it is only remotely related to Hyssop and even more distantly to Anise. It is in the Mint Family. Anise Hyssop has an aesthetic landscaping value, its attractive blue-lavender spiked flowers are long lasting and attract bees, butterflies, and … Read more

Catnip How to Grow Catnip

Nepeta cataria. Full Sun ~ Part. Shade pH: 6.0 to 7.5 Catnip also known as catmint is in the Mint family and has many of the same attributes as other types of Mint. Euphoric and Medicinal Properties of Catnip Catnip contains an active ingredient “nepetalactone” a plant terpenoid that has an affect on the central … Read more

How to Grow Cilantro and Coriander

Green coriander or cilantro growing in the garden.

Cilantro is a versatile spice, in the culinary world, it is used in dishes as diverse as oriental, where it is called Chinese parsley, to Latino, American and Italian. Cilantro actually produces two spices coriander seed and cilantro leaves. Cilantro grows fast in the cooler days of spring and fall, the drawback to this is … Read more

Bee Balm – Growing Bee Balm

Bee Balm is an attractive perennial flowering plant. It is attractive in the sense that it is appealing to the eye, and serves well as aesthetic eye candy. It is also attractive to bees, butterflies, and humming birds. For this reason it is frequently suggested as a companion for many other garden plants. The biggest … Read more

How to Grow Your Own Anise Plants at Home

Anise plant (Pimpinella anisum) with white flowers.

Pimpinella anisum Herb – Culinary USDA Zones 4 to 9 Soil pH 6.3 to 6.7 Full Sun Annual Both the leaves and seeds are used , but The seeds are the most commonly used part of the anise plant. The seeds are in tiny teardrop shaped fruits called aniseed or anise stars . Anise Plant … Read more

Angelica Herb Planting and Growing Guide

Angelica plant in bloom with huge green blossom clusters.

Archangelica officinalis    Herb – Culinary / Medicinal USDA Zones 4 to 9    Soil pH 4.5 to 7.0    Biennial    Partial Shade Angelica herb is a European immigrant, closely related to carrots and parsley and has been a medicinal and flavoring agent for centuries, it is used to flavor Gin and Vermouth, as well to make teas and season culinary delights. It is neither a … Read more

Lovage Planting and Growing Guide

Lovage plant growing in a herb garden.

Lovage is an old world herb, it was once grown widely in the British Isles as an herb and for its medicinal qualities. All parts of the plant are useful. The root, harvested in early Autumn is used as a vegetable. Lovage root contains furanocoumarins – excessive use can lead to photosensitivity. The leaves which … Read more

Articles About Oregano

Growing and Caring for Oregano Plants, Varieties of Oregano. Trouble Shooting Oregano. Health Benefits of Oregano. Growing Oregano Tips on Growing Oregano Growing Your Own Oregano. Oregano can be grown throughout most of North America but its hardiness varies from variety to variety. Some varieties are hardy as far North as zone 3 & 4. … Read more

Mint Extract Recipes

Mint extract is basically the bottled essence of the mint leaves. It is used as a flavoring agent in multiple mint recipes from drinks and desserts to candies or simply dripped into a cup of coffee. Most extract recipes call for the use of alcohol in one form or another as does this recipe. However … Read more