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Spice & Herb Gardening

How Much Water Does Basil Need?

How much water does basil need? I feel like I ask myself this every darn time I grow it (which is as much as possible, in case you’re wondering). I’ve had more than a few happy-looking basil plants turn wilty and depressed in just an hour or so. Basil has the ultimate “sad puppy look” down pat. 

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10 Healthy Herbs to Grow to Reach Your New Year’s Goals

What goals do you have for the coming months or the entire year? One of mine is to try new varieties of herbs, fruits, and vegetables, whether in my garden or from a local farm. I also vow to keep my indoor herb garden alive and healthy, though sometimes there are toddlers or dogs who […]

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How to Grow Herbs in Mason Jars

I love cooking with fresh herbs. There’s nothing like the smell of chopped basil or the aroma of crushed thyme to get me in the zone to cook. That’s easy enough to do in the summer when my herbs are growing faster than Jack’s magical beanstalk, but since I live in New England, the herb garden is pretty much done by mid-autumn. What’s a cook to do? Bring the garden indoors and grow herbs in Mason jars. 

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The Best Mulch for an Herb Garden You Can Make or Buy

There’s nothing like the fragrance of fresh herbs in the kitchen. I love the way they flavor a meal and add color to sauces. And I love how easy they are to grow. You can grow herbs like basil in a sunny windowsill, rosemary will stay fresh outdoors well into the colder months of the year, and I’m pretty sure mint would even grow on the moon. But can you help your herbs grow even better and stronger? Should you use mulch for an herb garden? 

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How to Store Fresh-Cut Basil Leaves

If you planted basil this year, it probably seemed like it took a month to establish, then all of a sudden you’re in pesto heaven. But how much pesto can one person really make, right?

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How to Make Homemade Spice Mixes for Gifts

Not gonna lie here. I love getting and giving homemade spice mixes for gifts. For the cook in your life, they’re the perfect gift. A spice mix is thoughtful, and it shows that you spent time and energy making something that reflects you as a person and as a cook or gardener.  And, yeah, there […]

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How to Create an Aquaponic Herb Garden with Mason Jars

Imagine a stranger came up to you holding a bag of fish from the pet store and said, “Hey, you! Did you know you can grow a garden using live fish?” It’d be a little unsettling. But now imagine it’s me, your trusted gardening friend Amanda grinning at you while holding a bag of betta fish saying the same thing. I’m not selling this, am I? But it’s true!

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How to Grow Herbs For Tea in Your Kitchen

I love the feeling of my hands around a warm cup of herbal tea. I love the aroma, and I love the way a hot cup of tea reminds me to pause for a moment, take some deep breaths, and enjoy the world around me. Fellow tea drinkers, have I romanticized this too much, or just enough?

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3 Ideas for a Whimsical Kids Herb Garden

No matter the weather, my daughter wants to be outside all day long, running, jumping, and usually getting quite dirty. As a toddler, she is a total sponge and loves to watch what I do in the yard and then practice it herself. When it comes to gardening tasks, it’s definitely a “monkey see, monkey do” situation. Choosing to plant a kids’ herb garden was a no-brainer for me, especially after I saw these adorable kid gardening gloves.

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How to Prevent Powdery Mildew on Rosemary Naturally

I love rosemary. It’s easy to grow. It’s hardy. And it tastes great in so many dishes. But I also regularly end up with powdery mildew on rosemary plants – especially when I bring them indoors.  Even though this seems to happen more frequently indoors, it’s not unheard of to end up with powdery mildew […]