Herbs

Is Pine Needle Tea Safe To Drink?

Q: Is pine needle tea safe to drink or just some hippie idea I clicked onto?  A: I found lots of articles online that recommend pine needle tea as a tasty “citrus’y” drink in winter. I have no idea if...

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Aphids on chives

Q: I have black aphids on my garlic chives. They can be washed off but come right back. How do I get rid of them? A: I guess you could use store-bought insecticidal soap on them, but spraying with a...

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White Balls Killed My Potted Parsley Plants

Q: I had three potted parsley plants that suddenly wilted and died. There are white balls next to the stems. They pop when pressed and a sticky liquid comes out.  A: Since no yellow, red, or pink bug guts came...

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School Garden – Resources

If you’re a teacher or parent involved in setting up a school garden, you know there’s lots more to it than digging the dirt and planting some seeds. Do you have a good garden spot? When will you plant? What...

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Lemongrass

Cymbopogon citrates taken from The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Book by Walter Reeves and Felder Rushing Tender perennial. A native of India, Lemongrass grows in clumps 4 to 6 feet high. Leaves have a fragrance resembling the scent of lemons....

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Mint

Mentha spp. taken from The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Book by Walter Reeves and Felder Rushing Mints are easily grown perennial ground covers that are valued as flavorings in teas, ice cream, candies and gum. There are many varieties, each...

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Angelica

Angelica archangelica Angelica is a tall biennial plant that acquired the name from its supposed ability to prevent or cure plague. People considered it a “guardian angel.” All parts of the plant are aromatic. Use the leaves in salads, add...

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Anise

Pimpinella anisum Many herbs, including anise, are members of the Umbelliferae family. Anise is a native of the Mediterranean area and has been used as a flavoring and as a medicinal there for centuries. It has a flavor similar to...

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Anise Hyssop

Agastache foeniculum Anise hyssop is a large perennial plant, a member of the mint family, with showy purple spikes that attract bees in abundance. The flavor and aroma are definitely licorice. The leaves are good for teas or garnishes. •...

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Basil

Ocimum basilicum A very familiar and popular herb, Basil is the basis for pesto. Many cooks consider Basil the premier culinary herb. Every gardener needs at least 1 Basil plant to have the fresh leaves to toss into casseroles, sauces...

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Caraway

Carum carvi Gardeners like caraway for the seeds, for the foliage and for the roots, which are used like parsnips. Caraway joins carrots, parsnips, angelica and anise as members of the Umbelliferae family. • More detailed information can be found...

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Chamomile, German

Chamaemelum nobile, Matricaria recutita Chamomile, sometimes called Roman chamomile, is a low-growing 4 to 6-inch tall perennial. German chamomile is a tall, erect, 3-foot annual. Both chamomiles are members of the composite (daisy) family and the flowers of both are...

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Chives

Allium schoenoprasum taken from The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Book by Walter Reeves and Felder Rushing Chives are perennial plants belonging to the Onion family that produce foot-tall clumps of hollow, upright leaves. Allowed to go to flower, they make...

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Sage

Salvia officinalis taken from The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Book by Walter Reeves and Felder Rushing Sage is a hardy, semi-woody perennial plant that makes a loose shrub about 2 feet tall. The leaves are harvested and used fresh or...

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Parsley

Petroselinum crispum taken from The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Book by Walter Reeves and Felder Rushing Virtually everyone recognizes Parsley, a frequently-appearing garnish on plates served in restaurants. Parsley leaves are also used in various dishes, soups and sauces. Cooks...

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Tarragon – Different Kinds

One of the great things about gardening is that there is such a diversity of opinion about our plants. My friend Theresa Schrum likes Northern Sea Oats because the plants are native and have attractive seedheads. I, on the other...

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Savory

Satureja hortensis, Satureja Montana taken from The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Book by Walter Reeves and Felder Rushing Both summer savory and winter savory are available to gardeners. Summer savory (S. hortensis), an annual of the mint family, is the...

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Salad Burnet

Sanguisorba minor taken from The Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Book by Walter Reeves and Felder Rushing Salad burnet is a graceful perennial plant that forms a 15inch mound of compound leaves. The leaves taste and smell like fresh cucumbers and...

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