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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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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 a Mediterranean Herb Box Garden for Greek Cooking

Taramasalata, Tzatziki, Moussaka, Avgolemono…if you know these dishes and don’t think I just swore at you in another language, then prepare to be inspired. Having an herb garden makes it easy to spice and dress up your dishes all season long, and that’s why the savviest of gardeners plan theirs according to the types of dishes they love to make at home. If you’re Greek or love Greek recipes, then creating a Mediterranean herb box garden is just natural!

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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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Why is My Cilantro Bolting? (And 7 Ways to Stop It)

Cilantro shares a long history with humanity. Seeds of the herb were scattered in the tomb of King Tutankhamun. They were found in caves inhabited 8,000 years ago in Israel. The herb appears in ancient texts from Greece and Rome. And while a lot has changed, I’d be willing to bet that if we could […]

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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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How to Bring Dying Herbs Back to Life

It’s a sad sight. You leave town for a day or two or just get caught up in life, and by the time you look at your garden, all you see are dying herbs. They’re wilting, formerly lush leaves now withered and drooping toward the ground. They’re sitting in your favorite pot, soil hard as […]

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How to Plant a BBQ Herb Garden Perfect for Grilling

I’ll be the first to say that it’s kind of hard to go wrong with a BBQ of any kind. There’s just something about cooking and eating outdoors that feels so relaxed. But the right ingredients can turn a good BBQ into an unforgettable experience. And a BBQ herb garden is just the thing to […]

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How to Prune Herbs for Healthier Plants

If you have herbs in your garden, you might have given some thought to how to prune herbs, so they grow nice and healthy. The good news? It’s pretty darn easy. The bad news? Well, there isn’t really much in the way of bad news. However, there are a few tips that will help you […]

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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 […]