Category Archives: herbs

Cleave to me, or is it cleavers for me?

  The rain has caused many weeds to thrive, and it seems impossible to keep up with their rampant growth.   As I was admiring the tulips yesterday,  it was obvious that a sprawling weed with sticky stems and leaves was … Continue reading

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Catnip

  Whether or not a feline is a member of your family, catnip (Nepeta cataria) can be a valuable herb to add to your garden.  Its attractive gray-green foliage has slightly scalloped leaves, and is seldom bothered by insect or … Continue reading

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Violets: An Herb To Know

  It may be hard to believe, looking out the window at endless white snow, or long stretches of beige lawn and bare trees, but soon the grass will be green and flowers will begin to bloom.  If you are … Continue reading

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Chamomile for Lawns/Yawns!

    While there are two types of chamomile, generally the annual “German” (Matricaria recutita) chamomile is the most used.  It has tall (15-18”) stems of dainty white daisy flowers that are used for teas, culinary, and medicinal purposes.  If … Continue reading

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Parsley

   What cook’s garden could be complete without parsley?  Without doubt one of the most used herbs in the kitchen, parsley is not only a source of lively, fresh flavor but of valuable vitamins (A, B1, B2, C and niacin, … Continue reading

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Herbal Hot Buttered Rum

My best friend and I had a forty year-old tradition of sharing hot buttered rum to celebrate the first “real” snowfall of the season…”real” meaning enough snow to track a cat across the lawn.  Over the years, separated by geography … Continue reading

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Green Bridges

  Everyone is concerned about pollinators, and rightly so.  May I make a suggestion?  The Herb Society of America sponsors a program called “Green Bridges.”  It’s primary goal is to form “bridges” of not only safe passage for pollinators, providing … Continue reading

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