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How to Grow Thyme

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How to Grow Thyme

Thyme, like other woody-stemmed herbs, tends to grow very slowly, and benefits from an early start if grown from seed. Unlike basil and other annual herbs, you shouldn’t count on harvesting thyme in the first (or even the second) year, except for very light picking of leaves. Follow along with this handy How to Grow Thyme from seed Guide and grow a kitchen garden. Latin English or Common Thyme: Thymus vulgaris & Creeping Thyme: T. serpyllum Family: Lamiaceae Difficulty Challenging and slow going Season & Zone Season: spring through fall Exposure: full sun Zone: hardy to Zone 4 Timing Sow indoors late February to mid-April. Transplant out late April...

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How to Grow Borage

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How to Grow Borage

In mild climates, borage will bloom continuously nearly all year, so it’s a wonderful choice for attracting native pollinators – particularly bumblebees. The leaves and flowers are edible with a flavour reminiscent of cucumbers. Borage is an excellent all around companion plant. Borage deters tomato hornworm and cabbage worms, and is particularly good planted near tomatoes and strawberries. Very attractive to pollinators, and excellent for the soil and compost. Borage is deer-proof. Follow along with this handy How to Grow Borage Guide. Latin Borago officinalis Family: Boraginaceae Difficulty Easy Season & Zone Season: Cool season Exposure: Full sun to partial shade Zone: 2-12...

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How to Grow Chives

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How to Grow Chives

Chives have been in use as a culinary herb in China since around 3,000 BC. It was Marco Polo who returned westward with the notion that they made good eating, but chives were not popular in European gardens until the 16th century. Follow along with this handy How to Grow Chives from seed guide and grow some kitchen spice this spring.! Latin Allium schoenoprasum & A. tuberosum Family: Alliaceae Difficulty Easy Season & Zone Season: Cool season Exposure: Full sun Zone: 3-12 Timing Start indoors February to May, and transplant or direct sow once the soil has warmed in late spring. Optimal soil...

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How to Grow Marjoram

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How to Grow Marjoram

Marjoram is the milder cousin of oregano, with a very similar flavour profile but gentler impact. Sprinkle some freshly cut marjoram over an omelette or baguette for a savoury treat. Follow this handy How to Grow Marjoram from seed guide and grow some flavour. Latin Origanum majorana. Lamiaceae family. Difficulty Easy Season & Zone Exposure: Full sun Zone: Hardy to Zone 5 Starting Start indoors in plug trays from February to April. Starting indoors is more reliable than direct sowing. Use bottom heat to maintain a constant soil temperature of 15°C (60°F) for best results. Seeds should germinate in 7...

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How to Grow Parsley

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How to Grow Parsley

No organic kitchen garden is complete without parsley. Both curly and flat-leaf parsley are loaded with flavour and productive over a long period in your organic herb garden. Parsley is cold hardy and can even be harvested for much of the winter. Grow parsley in a deeply dug bed. Add a generous amount of rotted manure or finished compost to the bed several weeks in advance, or the previous fall. For summer crops, aim to grow plants in a place where they will receive some shade during the day.  Follow along with this handy How to Grow Parsley Guide and grow kitchen flavour....

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