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Herb Gardening- Growing Fresh Herbs in the Home Garden

Herb gardening can mean a devoted culinary herb garden or a hedge of lavender. Herbs are so much a part of every garden, it is hard to categorize them. But it is wonderful to grow and use herbs throughout the landscape.
  1. Container Herb Gardening (5)
  2. Drying & Storing Herbs (5)
  3. Garden Design with Herbs (10)
  4. Herbs A to Z (26)
  5. Recipes using Fresh Herbs (35)

Windowsill Herb Garden - Growing Herb Plants Inside
Herbs can be grown indoors, but they still require lots of light and a little TLC. Here are some tips.

Kitchen Herbs - Tips for Growing a Kitchen Herb Garden
Probably the most popular herbs to grow and use are the culinary herbs. Growing culinary herbs is very similar to growing vegetables. The two most important considerations are to harvest at full flavor and to never use any fertilizer or pesticide on them that isn’t labeled for use on edible plants. Here are some more tips for growing...

Herbs for Dying
Because herb plants are natural dyes, the colors will be more variable than dyes produced from a chemical formula. But the richness and depth of color is unmatched and the surprise results are often part of the pleasure of using natural dyes. Many common dye herbs can be grown easily in the garden; plants like broom, dandelion, fennel, goldenrod,, hops and marigolds. Experiment with these tips here and see what works for you.

Herb & Spice Gallery
Not exactly sure what some of the herbs you see for sale are? About's Guide to Herbs and Spice has put together this useful gallery with suggestions on how to use them.

Cold & Flu Herbs - Herbs to Ease Your Pain
Feeling under the weather? About.com’s Guide to Herb Gardens tells us what natural remedies we can try, straight from our own herb gardens.

Deer Resistant Herbs - 5 Herbs Deer Don't Particularly Like
Is there a plant deer don’t eat? Who knows? But here are 5 herbs that are usually resistant to deer browsing. It’s worth a try.

Edible Flowers
Edible flowers are often included in herb gardens and on plates. They add beauty and unique flavors.

Pruning Woody Herbs
Some herbs, like thyme, oregano and sage, can develop woody stems as they age. This is a normal process, but it does diminish the lushness of the plant over time. If you’re growing your herbs to use, you’ll want to do some judicious pruning to improve the look and vigor of the plants.

Fragrant Herbs - The Scented Herb Garden
Scented herbs brings to mind the pleasant fragrances of lavender, sage and lemon balm. Fragrant herbs plants can be used for potpourri, oils and lotions, cooking or just to enjoy a heady whiff as you work in the garden. Often the fragrance of herbs is in their foliage, so planting your herbs where you will brush by them is an easy way of...

Tea Herbs - Growing Herbs for Tea
Perhaps the easiest way to use and enjoy the herbs you grow is to make herbal tea. Herbal tea can be made from the leaves, flowers, seeds or even the roots of herbs, whether freshly picked or dried and stored for the off-season. The trick to growing your own herbal teas is to know which herbs make great teas and when to harvest the herbs at...

Borage - Growing and Using the Herb Borage
Borage is a freely seeding, easy growing annual plant with vivid blue flowers and leaves with the flavor of cucumbers. Borage is actually a somewhat gangly plant, but you barely notice it because the star-shaped flowers are so vibrant. They’re a true blue, hanging in downward facing clusters. Even the fussy white buds are attractive. Both...

Mint - Growing and Using the Fragrant Herb Mint
Plants in the mint family are very hardy perennials with vigorous growth habits. Mint, left to its own devices, will spread quickly and become a nuisance. However, it is very popular as a flavorful herb and the plants can be grown easily. Just try to chose a spot where you won’t mind the rampant growth or grow it in a confined space.

Lemon Scented Herbs
Not every gardener can grow a lemon tree, but everyone can have lemon scent and flavor in their garden by planting some lemon scented herbs. It’s amazing how much these plants mimic the essence of lemons. They are all relatively easy to grow and care for and the leaves, the most flavorful part of these plants, can be harvested and used in just...

Rosemary plants can flourish or disappoint. If there are problems, it is usually because they dry out so quickly. Here's how to keep your rosemary plant happy.

Growing Oregano: An Oregano by Any Other Name, Would Not Taste as Sweet
Growing, harvesting and using oregano is easy, but sometimes confusing. Plants in the genus Origanum can be perennial ground covers, tender perennials or even small subshrubs. There's some confusion over what type of oregano to use in cooking, but there is no disputing the flavor when you taste it. This Plant Profile of 'Oregano' will help...

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