Herbs

Good Herbs To Plant

Q: What are good herbs I can plant?  A: Any time is a great time to plant herbs! Some are annuals, like basil and parsley, which are best planted each spring. Others, like rosemary, oregano and thyme, are perennials, which...

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Good Herbs To Plant

Q: What are good herbs I can plant?  A: Any time is a great time to plant herbs! Some are annuals, like basil and parsley, which are best planted each spring. Others, like rosemary, oregano and thyme, are perennials, which...

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Great videos on how our food grows

Wondering how to conduct another day of at-home schooling? If you are looking for a fun activity for kids (and adults!) these short videos explain how common foods are grown. Watch them with the kids…or assign one for a child...

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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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Italian Parsley Plant With Black And Green Caterpillars

Q: I found several black and green striped caterpillars on my Italian parsley plant. A: They are swallowtail butterfly caterpillars, sometimes called parsley worms. The butterflies laid their eggs on your plant back in July. Unless you desperately depend on...

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Basil Leaf Spot – Identification

Q: This week I noticed black spots on the leaves of my basil. Today, I saw these weird dots/bumps on the stems. Are they eggs of a bug or maybe a plant disease? A: At first I thought the brown...

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Rosemary – Yellow Leaves

Q: My rosemary has many yellow leaves.  A: The first thing I would check for is spider mites. My neighbor’s rosemary plant is “eat up with ’em”! Clip off an eight-inch long branch and slap it onto a piece of...

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Rosemary – Spider Mite Infestatiom

Q: My rosemary has many yellow leaves. A: The first thing I would check for is spider mites. My neighbor’s rosemary plant is “eat up with ’em”! Clip off an eight-inch long branch and slap it onto a piece of...

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Fennel – Brown Thing on Stem

Q: What is this? I saw it in my garden on a fennel plant. It was coming out of the stem. A: The brown tuft is just new leaves emerging from the top of your bronze fennel plant. Eventually you’ll...

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Garlic Chives – Killing

Q: Many years ago in a momentary lapse of reason I planted garlic chives in my herb garden. Now I am finding garlic chives popping up all over my new landscape and they are no longer welcome. What can I...

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Growing Ginger

Q: Will ginger grow in Decatur? A: Ginger lily (butterfly ginger), Hedychium coronarium, is a beautiful, fragrant perennial that graces many Southern gardens. It’s usually winter-hardy if covered lightly with mulch. This plant is not the same as edible ginger,...

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Bedstraw – Identification and Control

Q: I have a pesky weed which I don’t have any idea what it is. It feels “sticky” to the touch. I have dug up this weed and made sure no roots were left but it still came back to...

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Rosemary – Cold Weather

Q: I have two young rosemary bushes outdoors. Should I put them in pots and bring them in the house during the winter? A: There’s no need to bring rosemary indoors. It’s one of the hardiest herbs you can grow....

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Rosemary – Bacterial Gall on Stems

Q: A scaly growth is infecting my three-year old rosemary bush. It seems to be on the older stems. A: I think it’s a bacterial gall. It’s not uncommon to see bacterial galls like this on trees and shrubs. It’s...

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Basil – Leaves Being Eaten

Q: The leaves on my basil plant have been eaten by something. There are holes in the middle of most leaves. A: The holes could be caused by slugs, snails or caterpillars. To differentiate, put a saucer-ful of beer near...

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Cinnamon Persimmon ( Hyakume) – Description and Recipe

Q: What can you tell me about cinnamon persimmons? A: The ‘Hyakume’ Asian persimmon is sometimes called Cinnamon Persimmon or Brown Sugar Persimmon. It is said to be one of the sweetest persimmons. It sometimes has flecks of brown in...

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