Herbs & spices

Growing Ginger

Growing Ginger

Growing ginger – The ginger (Zingiber officinale) plant is an herbaceous perennial native to the tropical regions of Asia and India. The root has been used both in Asian cooking and in Chinese medicine for many centuries. Ginger is also grown in Jamaica and West Africa. In the United States, ginger is cultivated in Hawaii.

Ginger is a member of the Ginger plant family Zingiberaceae and is related to turmeric and cardamom. It should not be confused with the wild ginger (Asarum canadense) that is native to North America. Although not related botanically, the roots of the wild ginger have a similar pungent flavor and can be used to cook.

Growing Hops In The Garden

Growing Hops In The Garden

Growing Hops In The Garden – The hop is a hardy, perennial plant that is easily grown at home. The hop (humulus lupulus) is a good plant to grow in a container provided that a wall can offer it some support. A vigorous perennial climber, it will cover a trellis in summer or grow over a pergola. The leaves are most attractive and the variety ‘Aureus’ with its golden leaves is the one most commonly grown.


It is best to buy female plants rather than attempt to grow hops from seed as technically they are dioecious which means that the male and female plants are separate.

Bergamot Plant

Bergamot Plant

Bergamot (Bee Balm, Monarda didyma) is a native perennial plant of North America, formerly used as a tea drunk by the Oswego Indians. Bergamot was supposed to have antidepressant qualities and an infusion was used to treat colds.

The plant is a good addition to any container or herbaceous border for it is attractive with deep red flowers that act as a focal point in any color scheme although it can be invasive and, if grown in a container, is best confined within a pot plunged in the soil.

Bergamot has a dark green, pointed leaves – some varieties have reddish veined leaves. Bergamot required a fertile, moisture retentive soil and morning sun or partial shade for successful growth.

Natural Healing Herbs

Natural Healing Herbs

Natural healing herbs for anxiety can prevent and eliminate the pain and suffering caused by anxiety and panic attacks without the side effects commonly experienced with anxiety drugs.

Passion flower and lemon balm have been clinically proven as safe and effective herbs for anxiety. When used in combination passion flower and lemon balm are even more effective for anxiety relief. There is a synergy or interaction relationship between these two herbs that enhances effectiveness and the natural healing process. Although natural healing herbs like passion flower and lemon balm are still used more prevalently in the United Kingdom and Europe, they are gaining momentum and increased popularity in the United States.

Growing Clove Pink

Growing Clove Pink

It is a good idea to grow some clove pink (Dianthus caryophyllus) at the front of a container if you have a sunny site and enough room. Single, semidouble, or double flowers in white and shades of pink, rose, red, yellow, and orange; many have rich, spicy fragrance. Clove pink has a greyish-green to blue-green slender leaves and intensely sweetly scented bright pinkish-purple flowers that attracts butterflies. The clove pinks (or Wild Carnation) are most attractive perennial flowers, deliciously scented, especially the old-fashioned varieties, and the flowers of the clove pink D. caryophyllus can be used to make cordials, flavor drinks and decorate soups and salads.

Avoiding Common Pitfalls of Maintaining a Herb Garden

Avoiding Common Pitfalls of Maintaining a Herb Garden

Herb gardening has become a popular past time for both novice and seasoned gardeners. Property curated herb gardens can be used to create medicinal treatments, all natural beauty products, or seasoning for cooking. No matter what the reason may be for growing herbs, nurturing and maintaining this type of garden can sometimes be a challenge. Knowing some of the most common mistakes that gardeners face with their herbs can help you be aware of the typical pitfalls and challenges that may surprise you along the way, and help you create a healthy, thriving herb garden to call your own.

Developing a Plan

A successful herb garden is a well planned out garden. One of the biggest mistakes that gardeners make is that they don’t start their garden with a plan. Determine the type of herb garden you want to have and make certain you have the right location for it in place to grow your herbs. These herb gardens need to get around four-six hours of sun every day.