More stories

  • in ,

    How to Grow Costmary

    How to grow costmary: costmary leaves

    Costmary is a perennial herb sometimes called mint geranium. But costmary is neither mint nor a geranium though its leaves have a spearmint flavor. Costmary makes an attractive, fragrant hedge in the herb garden or perennial border. Its leaves can be used fresh or dried to flavor green and fruit salads and make tea. Get […] More

  • in ,

    How to Grow Shiso

    How to grow shiso: green shiso

    Shiso–Perilla frutescens var. cripa–is a member of the mint family. It strongly resembles a large basil plant. Shiso leaves have the tangy flavor of cumin, mint, nutmeg, and anise combined. There are two main types: green and red. Green shiso can be added to salads and is used wrapped sushi or chopped into hot and […] More

  • in ,

    How to Grow Anise Hyssop

    How to grow anise hyssop

    Anise hyssop is a small perennial herb native to the middle of North America. Anise hyssop has a flavor similar to anise and belongs to the same botanical family as hyssop, but it is not a cross between the two. Its licorice-flavored leaves and seeds can be used in teas, salads, and cooking. Get to […] More

  • in ,

    How to Grow Stevia

    How to grow stevia: stevia leaves

    Stevia is a tropical perennial herb grown as an annual. The sugary tasting leaves of stevia are 30 to 40 times sweeter than granulated sugar—and they have no calories. The leaves can be used fresh, dried, or ground as a sugar substitute to sweeten desserts, fruit, and drinks. Get to Know Stevia Botanical name and […] More

  • in ,

    How to Grow Lemon Verbena

    How to grow lemon verbena; lemon verbena in the kitchen

    Lemon verbena is a semi-tropical plant. Its leaves have an intensely lemony fragrance and flavor. Leaves can be used in herbal teas and added to fruit salads, vegetables, and desserts. Dried leaves will remain fragrant for several years. Add a touch of lemon verbena to foods, then taste, then add more if needed—use a light […] More

  • in ,

    How to Grow Chamomile

    How to grow chamomile: chamomile garden

    Chamomile flowers are used to make tea. Chamomile tea has a fresh, clean flavor that is immediately soothing. There are two different chamomile plants—Roman chamomile and German chamomile. Roman chamomile has a fragrance and flavor similar to that of freshly cut hay. German chamomile has a scent and flavor similar to apples. For many, German […] More

  • in ,

    How to Grow Mizuna

    How to grow mizuna

      Mizuna is an Asian leafy green well suited for salads or salad mixes such as mesclun. Mizuna can also be used in stir-fries and soups and added to other dishes at the end of cooking. Mizuna is similar to mustard greens though milder flavored—a bit peppery, tangy, and with a light cabbage flavor. Mizuna […] More

  • in

    Growing Backyard Grapes

    Grapes for Backyard Growing

    Growing backyard grapes is not difficult, but success depends upon choosing the right variety for your climate, training the vine, and pruning regularly. Grapes require a cold spell during the winter (but not a killing freeze), warmth in spring for flowering and fruit set, and heat and sunshine in summer to ripen the fruit. There […] More

  • in

    Pepper Growing Success Tips

    1. Peppers prefer deep, aged-compost–rich soil. If your soil is heavy with clay, grow peppers in a raised bed, adding loam and sand. 2. Growing peppers in your native soil: add at least 2 inches of aged compost across the planting bed and sprinkle with 5-10-10 organic fertilizer, then turn the soil to at least […] More

  • in ,

    Easy to Grow Blueberries

    Blueberries are easy to grow in a home garden and yield abundant sweet, delicious, and colorful berries. Plant blueberries in compost-rich soil that is well-draining. Blueberries like acidic soil with a pH between 4.5 and 4.8. Lots of organic compost should make the soil just right, but you can add pelletized sulfur to the soil […] More