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postheadericon How to dry herbs – various methods

How to dry herbs – various methods

Image by Elena Schweitzer By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) There are various ways how to dry herbs; however, the herbs should always be fresh and clean beforehand. Read on to learn about herb drying methods so you can choose the right one for you. Hanging Herbs to Dry Hanging herbs to dry at room temperature is the easiest and least expensive way for how to dry herbs. Remove the lower leaves and bundle four to six branches together, securing with string or a rubber band. Place them…

postheadericon What are the varieties of basil: types of basil for cooking

What are the varieties of basil: types of basil for cooking

Image by mazzzur By Jackie Rhoades All types of basil are members of the mint family and some basil varieties have been cultivated for more than 5,000 years. Almost all basil varieties are cultivated as culinary herbs. When talking about the different types of basil, most people are familiar with the sweet basil varieties used in Italian cuisine, but many different types of basil are used in Asian cooking as well. What are the varieties of basil? The following is a list of types of basil. A List of Basil…

postheadericon Freezing herbs – how to keep cut herbs in the freezer

Freezing herbs – how to keep cut herbs in the freezer

Image by Foodista By Heather Rhoades Storing fresh herbs is an excellent way to make the herb harvest from your garden last all year round. Freezing herbs is a great way to store your herbs, as it keeps the fresh herb flavor that can sometimes be lost when using other herb preserving methods. Keep reading to learn how to freeze fresh herbs. How to Freeze Herbs Many people are looking for how to keep cut herbs so that they can use them year round. Freezing herbs is fast and easy…

postheadericon Making herbs bigger through pinching and harvesting

Making herbs bigger through pinching and harvesting

Image by Joanna Kilen – Redesiuk By Heather Rhoades When you have an herb garden, you probably have one thing in mind: you want to have a garden filled with large, bushy plants that you can use in the kitchen and around the house. Your herb plants, on the other hand, have something else in mind. They want to grow as fast as possible and produce flowers and then seeds. So how does a gardener overcome the basic urges of an herb plant in order to fulfill their own ideas…

postheadericon Tips on how to grow dill weed plants

Tips on how to grow dill weed plants

Image by Manu By Heather Rhoades Dill is a popular herb in the kitchen, flavoring everything from pickles to fish. Gourmets know that you can’t beat fresh dill for the flavor. The best way to have the very freshest dill possible is by growing dill in your own garden. Let’s look at how to grow dill. Planting Dill Seed The best way how to grow dill is directly from seeds rather than from a transplant. Planting dill seed is easy. Dill planting is simply done by scattering the seeds in…

postheadericon How to grow mint plants in your garden

How to grow mint plants in your garden

Image by stevendepolo By Nikki Phipps (Author of The Bulb-o-licious Garden) While its aggressive nature and reputation for taking over the garden is well deserved, growing mint plants can be a rewarding experience if it’s kept under control. Let’s look at how to grow mint. Mint Plants: Herbs Worth Growing Numerous mint varieties exist and all are worth growing in the garden. While they’re most often used for flavoring dishes or as garnishes, many types of mint are also grown for their unique aromas. Some of the most commonly grown…

postheadericon How to plant chives – growing chives in your garden

How to plant chives – growing chives in your garden

Image by Acik By Heather Rhoades If there were an award for "easiest herb to grow," growing chives (Allium schoenoprasum) would win that award. Learning how to grow chives is so easy that even a child can do it, which makes this plant an excellent herb to help introduce children to herb gardening. How to Plant Chives from Divisions Divisions are the most common way how to plant chives.  Find an established clump of chives in early spring or mid fall. Gently dig the clump and pull away a smaller clump…

postheadericon Tips on how to grow sage

Tips on how to grow sage

Image by Quinn Dombrowski By Heather Rhoades Growing sage (Salvia officinalis) in your garden can be rewarding, especially when it is time to cook a delicious dinner. Wondering how to grow sage? Planting sage is easy. Choosing Edible Types of Sage Plant There are many types of sage plant and not all of them are edible. When choosing a sage plant for your herb garden, choose one such as: Garden Sage Purple Sage Tri-color Sage Golden Sage How to Grow Sage The best place for planting sage is in full…

postheadericon Information on how to harvest dill and drying dill weed and dill seeds

Information on how to harvest dill and drying dill weed and dill seeds

Image by Petras Gagilas By Bonnie L. Grant Dill weed is an essential flavoring for pickling. The feathery, fresh young leaves add a delicate flavor to fish, potatoes and sauces and yield thick stems at maturity. The plant bolts in high heat and produces umbrella-shaped flower appendages topped with hard little seeds. The herb literally grows “like a weed,” which is the genesis of the name dill weed. Learn how to harvest dill and how to store dill weed to keep the delicate flavor around all year. How to Harvest…

postheadericon How to grow basil plants

How to grow basil plants

Image by Quinn Dombrowski By Heather Rhoades Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is often referred to as the king of herbs. Basil plants are certainly one of the most popular herbs grown in the home garden. Growing basil outdoors or in a container is very easy to do if you follow these simple steps for how to grow basil. Tips for Growing Basil Choose a location with great drainage. Whether you’re growing basil outdoors in the ground or in a container, the drainage needs to be excellent. Advertisement Choose a location with…