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8 French Cooking Herbs to Grow to Make Herbs de Provence

I promise this isn’t a fan-girl post about my undying love for Julia Child, but we’ve got to start somewhere! Around the 1960s, Julia Child brought French cooking into the homes of many Americans through her cookbooks and then later, television shows. Ms. Child frequently featured recipes calling for herbs de Provence, a description for a collection of herbs featured in Southern French and Mediterranean cuisine.

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10 Edible Flowers to Plant with Herbs

I feel like one of the best kept secrets in gardening is around edible flowers. Edible flowers don’t just look pretty on your plate, they taste delightful, and they bring pollinators to your garden. When you choose edible flowers to plant with herbs, the results will make your garden a work of art. Vivid oranges and bright yellow marigolds catch the eye in a sea of green herbs. Delicate purple chive blossoms lend an air of royal sophistication to your nearby thyme. 

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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 Saffron and Saffron Substitutes

If you’ve bought saffron at the grocery store any time in the last decade, there’s a good chance you’ve thought about how to grow saffron. There’s no way around it; saffron is pricey. In fact, it’s long been considered the most expensive spice in the world.  The red, thread-like spice is actually the stigma from […]

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How to Make Cute Herb Stakes for Your Garden

It starts innocently enough. A seed-starter tray sitting in a sunny spot on your counter. Until you realize that you forgot to label them and now have to wait until the seedlings sprout to play Guess That Herb. I’ve been there, my friend. I’ve also been in my garden, mid-season, pacing around in circles looking for the chives that I know I planted earlier that spring.

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9 Heat-Tolerant Herbs That Grow Well in Hot Climates

I’m not gonna lie; it’s darn hot as I’m writing this. The heat index is over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and my parsley is looking at me like, “C’mon, woman! Where’s that AC?” My heat-tolerant herbs, however, are having a party. They’ve got the beach ball out, there’s some Stevie Wonder on the hi-fi, and I’m pretty sure the sunflowers are dancing.

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What to Do About Basil Leaves Turning Yellow

Basil is one of those wonderful herbs that makes life better. Pick a few basil leaves off the plant or chop them in your kitchen, and your nose is happy right away. Basil is also relatively easy to grow. But I’ll admit, I’ve had my share of issues with the plant, too. Rabbits have decimated my basil, some unknown pest has chewed holes in the leaves, and I’ve watched my verdant green basil leaves turning yellow.

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How to Stop Invasive Herbs from Spreading

Invasive herbs? I know that’s not how I usually think of invasive species. When I think of invasive species, it’s usually things like boa constrictors in the Everglades, carp in the Great Lakes, or perhaps kudzu in the southeastern U.S. Or murder hornets. Murder hornets are definitely invasive.  As it turns out, though, some herbs […]

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How to Select the Best Herbs to Plant in Spring Gardens

I love deciding which herbs to plant in spring. I know many of them like spending warm summer days outdoors, but the way to get there is to start them in the spring. For many herbs, this means planting them inside several weeks before the last frost. Some herbs, however, are perfectly fine with that […]

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How to Save an Overwatered Basil Plant

It may not look like an overwatered basil plant. It’s wilty and drab. The leaves look yellow or brown. It certainly looks like it could use a tall drink of water. As a good plant parent, you grab the watering canister and drench the soil. That should do the trick, right? Give it an hour […]