Browsing category: Growing, Storing & Using Herbs

The Peppermint I Planted Doesn’t Smell Like Peppermint

Reader question… “Last year I planted a few peppermint seeds. The plants grew well but don’t smell as pepperminty as I thought they would.”


Chives (Allium schoenoprasum)

Like many of the plants in my gardens, my collection of chives began with a tiny clump that my mother gave me many years ago. Over the years that one clump has somehow multiplied to become at least thirty large mounds of chives…


Common Sage (Salvia officinalis)

Common sage (Salvia officinalis) is a hardy perennial and an easy herb to start from seed, but the seed must be fresh or the germination rate will be very low. Seedlings should be spaced at least twenty inches apart because each seedling will grow into a large bushy plant.


My Winter Herb Garden

All I can see from my kitchen windows is snow, snow, and more snow. The winters are very long here, and spring is still several months away…


Growing & Harvesting Garlic

We still have several feet of snow on the ground here in most places, but I’m thrilled to report that there are also a few patches of bare ground just starting to show.


Tips for Using & Storing Herbs

Reader question… “I’m just starting to use herbs more in my cooking and I’m realizing that I don’t know very much about this subject.”


How To Make Your Own Italian Seasoning Mix

“I used your instructions and made garlic powder over the weekend. It turned out great and it tastes much more garlicky than my jar of store bought. I’m wondering do you make your own Italian seasoning mix and if you do if you would share your recipe.”


How I Make Garlic Powder

My family loves garlic, and I put it in everything… well, almost! We grow more garlic each year. When I run out I buy bulbs of garlic in little mesh bags, four pounds at a time (this is the least expensive way I have found to buy garlic)…


Frozen Basil That Doesn’t Turn Black

I tried a new way of freezing basil this year, and it was so easy, I ended up doing all of my basil using this method.