Category Archives: Herbs

Propagating Rosemary

I like my large 2 1/2' to 3' rosemary plants in large clay pots on the patio.  I purchased my last few rosemary plants from the produce section of a grocery store at $2.99 or so each.  This is too expensive to keep doing, so I decided to try to grow my own rosemary plants from cuttings because I realized this is how nursery rosemary plats are grown - from cuttings not from seeds.   I do have a packet of rosemary seeds and intend to sprout them at some point in the future. I took several 3-4" Read more [...]

Lavender Seedlings

I love to start plants from both seeds and cuttings.  While I have a large lavender plant to take cuttings from when I try to root them, I also have started many lavender seeds.  (Most of them died because at the time I couldn't keep the seedlings moist).  This nifty, roomy 6 place tray is from the recycle shelf at a big box store - I have gotten quite a few nice trays and pots from the recycle center - recycled them right into my green house!!.  Note that this potting container is sitting in Read more [...]

Stevia – 2nd Year

I bought this Stevia plant last spring.  It grew well last season.  I trimmed it down last fall and was able to keep it in the store room during the winter.  It didn't get bright light, but it didn't freeze either.  This sprint it really re-sprouted and this is how it looks now.  Lots of stems. It wilts too easily in the sun so I suspect that it is root bound.  I am going to plant it in a bigger pot.  For now, I am not going to put it in the ground because it will freeze - probably to death. I Read more [...]

One More ‘Return from Death’ Story, Basil This Time

I let basil growing in my smallest raised bed dry out during the heat of the summer.  The box didn't have much organic matter in the soil, just mostly sand.  As such, nothing in that bed grew very well.  OK, the plants dried out, leaves dropped off and all that was left was the stems.   A week of rain came.  The basil recovered.  You can see the brown stems and green shoots growing out from 2 sides of the old branch.  Look at all those beautiful green leaves - they went into several batches Read more [...]

Growing Stevia

I purchased one Stevia plant from Walmart this spring.   Last year I purchased a Stevia plant from Lowes and it grew poorly and had thin stems.  This plant has many stems growing from the first 3 main stems.  The stems are thick.  I am very pleased with how this plant has grown - especially since I am growing it in a 1 gallon pot that dries out every day.  I have let this plant get stressed and dry, but it is still growing very well.  Look at the clusters of small off-shoot branches that just Read more [...]

Basil – It’s Time To Make Pesto

I normally grow maybe 5 dozen basil plants so that we have plenty of basil to make pesto with. This year, however, with the move, I only have a few dozen plants and those plants haven't done great.   This is a Globe Basil plant in a pot.  It has small leaves and does grow in a round globe shape.  This plant is going to seed.   I try to pinch the blooms to that the plant continues to bush out.  These Globe Basil plants just have too many blooms to get them all pinched.  Although the leaves Read more [...]

Mint

A nice pot of mint. I never could start the stuff from seed and get it to grow to any good size, so I just buy the stuff. I am now, however, trying to root a few stems of mint that broke off when a dead limb fell off of the tree the pot is growing under and landed on the mint. Some of the branches have started blooming.  I want to try to root some more.  I really need to find a spot around the garden and stick it in the ground and hope it will spread in this poor soil. Read more [...]

Basil And Squash Overview

The plants on the left side of the pic of the first bed are Basil. I start Basil from seed each year, with occasionally buying a pack of another variety of basil. Most of the seeds that I started from last year are 'regular' Basil. This year I bought a pack of Globe Basil seeds - those plants grow somewhat slower, but are very interesting. They do indeed grow in a round ball and the leaves are smaller. Hopefully they won't cross with my 'regular Basil' for next year. Under the raised cattle panel, Read more [...]

Basil Seedlings

Everything is running late this spring because of the move.  These Basil seedlings popped up in just a few days.  I should have started them over a month ago, but it is difficult for me to start seedlings without my greenhouse.  I used tweezers to plant 2 seeds in each hole of the seed starting tray. The 2 rows on the left are one variety, but I just didn't bother with writing down which rows were which cultivar.  There are actually 3 groups of seeds - two are new from seed packets this year Read more [...]

The Squash Row

This little beauty has plenty of blooms.  This is what a happy squash plant looks like. This year I inter-planted over 3 dozen basil seedlings in and throughout the garden. You can see a few of the first planted basil popping above the squash. Today, the last day of July, these large, beautiful squash are all gone and only the basil are left. They are now enormous - all at least 2 feet tall and bushy from having their seed heads pinched out regularly for a month. Read more [...]