Herbs

Persimmon – Remove Bad Taste (Astringency)

Q: Is it possible to remove the bad taste of an unripe persimmon? A: Maybe – but I’ll let you do the taste test after trying these methods, particularly the one that involves burning dung 🙂 Taken from a Perdue University...

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Herbs – Growing Indoors

Q: I would like to grow some herbs indoors. The only spots I have are a south eastern facing window that receives good morning sun only. What herbs, if any, would work in those areas. I have an 18 inch...

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Neem – Grow in Georgia

Q: Can we can grow ‘Neem’ plant here? If so, how and where can we get this plant? I am also curious if ‘Sandalwood’ ‘Teak’ and ‘Rosewood’ are grown anywhere in U.S. I come from southern state of Karnataka in...

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Rosemary – Old Plants

Q: I have some rosemary that has been in the ground about five years and it is huge and beautiful. I noticed this year it started flowering and the limbs that flowered died. What should I do? Is this normal?...

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Thyme- Gravel Walkway

Q: I have a stone walkway going from my driveway to my pool gate with sand and gravel between the rocks. I’ve heard that thyme makes a good green mat between the rocks and holds the sand and gravel. What...

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Aphids – On Onion, Garlic and Chives

Q: Could you tell me what are the little black bugs that are all over my green onions? A: Chives, garlic and onions are famous for attracting aphids in spring. The best controls are organic: blast them off with a...

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Chives- Insect Control

Q: My chives are covered with small, dark gray insects. My husband thinks they are aphids. How can I control insects on edible plants? A: Any herb gardener who grows chives knows to look out for the dark invaders known...

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Ginger and turmeric – Cultivation

Q: What is the best way to cultivate ginger and turmeric in a home garden? Can we simply break off the little conical ends and plant them with the pointed ends up in loose soil? Do they need much watering...

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Ginger and Turmeric – Cultivation

Q: What is the best way to cultivate ginger and turmeric in a home garden? Can we simply break off the little conical ends and plant them with the pointed ends up in loose soil? Do they need much watering...

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Bay leaf – Roaches

Q: If I plant a bay leaf plant next to my kitchen window, do you think it will it help to repel roaches from the area? A: I’m not aware of any scientific research that shows that bay leaves repel...

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Rosemary – Pruning

Q: When is a good time to prune rosemary? How much? A: You can prune just about any time but early April would be “best”. Try to leave a few inches of greenery on each stem you shorten. If you...

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Houttuynia plants – Ivy

Q: Several years ago I planted six houttuynia plants at the bottom of a slope that also contained English ivy. Now the houttuynia is taller than the ivy and stinks like the dickens. Is there something I could spray on...

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Patchouli – Overwintering

Q: I am attempting to overwinter a patchouli plant indoors. Last summer it was a huge, gorgeous outdoor plant. I’ve moved it inside to a window where it gets pretty good light but the leaves continue to turn yellow. A:...

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Catesby’s Trillium – Identification

Q: We found this in the woods behind our home. Can you identify it? A: Catesby’s trillium and must be a fairly old plant as they usually only put out one stalk with a flower and leaves. –Theresa Schrum Nodding...

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Vegetable and Herb Garden – Available Seeds

Q: I am tackling a large new vegetable and herb garden. I want your opinion on the different varieties of seeds available, particularly heirloom seeds. A: You can find heirloom vegetable seed locally and online, but remember that there are...

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Herbs – Cutting Back

Q: I’ve heard I should cut my herbs back, before they set seeds, but there are so many bees in the flowers. I hate to take away the attraction. Is there a happy medium? A: Herbs such as mint, oregano,...

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Tuscan Blue Rosemary – Surviving in the Cold

Q: I purchased a potted Tuscan Blue rosemary last winter and kept it inside until spring. I planted it outside in full sun. Now that cooler weather is here, I am concerned about how it will take colder temperatures. A:...

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Patchouli Plant – Protecting in the Winter

Q: I am attempting to over-winter a patchouli plant indoors. Last summer it was a huge, gorgeous outdoor plant. I’ve moved it inside to a window where it gets pretty good light but the leaves continue to turn yellow. A:...

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