Mint (Mentha spp.) is an aromatic, perennial herb of the Lamiaceae family. A vigorous grower and spreader, mint has enjoyed a long history of use in cuisine, traditional medicine, and aromatherapy. Its name is derived from a story in Greek Mythology. Minthe was a beautiful and lonely water nymph who fell in love with Hades, the god of the dead and king of the underworld. When his wife, Queen Persephone, discovered their affair, she transformed Minthe into a mint plant in revenge. … [Read more...] about How to Grow Mint Plants Indoors
The heat and humidity of summer makes many things grow bushy and tall. If you have a garden, you'll find that this also applies to the abundance of greens you never planted, the wild ones that try to take over your space as they outgrow the squashes and carrots that you sowed early in the season. Many people refer to them as weeds, we harvest them as food and medicine. Not only do weeds, or herbs, enrich our diets, they are also a great way to raise the standard of everyday dinners - … [Read more...] about 3 Common Garden Weeds To Harvest & Enjoy
Drying fresh herbs at home has many benefits, and it’s so easy there’s really no reason not to! Drying your own herbs is certainly more cost effective than buying them at the grocery store, but there are other benefits too. Drying your herbs is a great way to use the plant most effectively, as most herbs produce more than we can eat in a single season. It’s also comforting to know that the herbs you’re cooking with were grown with love and in excellent conditions. Drying your herbs … [Read more...] about How to Dry Fresh Herbs at Home – Two Ways!
Have you ever bought a beautiful little basil seedling from your local nursery, only to have it quickly turn scraggly, tall, woody, and sparse? For many years we struggled with the same issue. We’d try time and time again to grow basil, excited to add it to our soups, salads, and Italian dishes, only to have it fail over and over again. It wasn’t until I received one simple tip from a friend that I was suddenly able to grow big, bushy, beautiful basil plants. It turns … [Read more...] about How to Prune Basil for Big, Bushy Basil Plants (With Photos)