How to Grow Guide Category: How to Grow Herbs

How to Grow Mexican Tarragon

This fast-growing member of the marigold family can be started indoors or by direct sowing in the garden. Learn more about how to grow Mexican tarragon in the useful guidelines below. Latin Tagetes lucida Family: Asteraceae Difficulty Easy Season & Zone Season: Warm season Exposure: Full sun Zone: 8-10. Timing Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before…

How to Grow Liquorice

Liquorice Seeds
2 Nov

The roots of this shrub have been harvested for centuries as a medicine and flavouring for sweets. Liquorice is easy to grow and manage once it is established, but it should probably be left to grow for three years before the first harvest. Find out more about how to grow liquorice from seed in the…

How to Grow Cumin

Cumin Seeds for Organic Growing
2 Nov

Cumin is used in nearly all cuisines of the world. It is commercially grown in North Africa and West Asia, but if it’s given a head start and a warm summer, it will be productive in gardens as cool as Zone 4. Before it produces its strongly aromatic seeds, its flowers will attract a host…

How to Grow Caraway

Caraway Seeds
1 Nov

Grow caraway for its intensely scented seeds or as a parsnip-like root vegetable. It will manage in partial shade, but grow in full sun if harvesting the seeds is the intent. Caraway will thrive in nearly any reasonable soil, but if grown as a root crop, take some time to cultivate deeply as you would…

How to Grow Horseradish

Horseradish Seeds
11 Oct

Horseradish belongs in the perennial food garden. Once the plants are established, they can be harvested at any time of the year, and the flavour is particularly good in winter, when cold temperatures bring out a sweetness in the roots. Here’s our guide to how to grow horseradish from seeds: Latin Armoracia rusticana Family: Brassicaceae…

How to Grow Culantro

Culantro Sawtooth Herb Seeds
8 Nov

Learn how to grow culantro in the home herb garden for a never-ending supply of sharply flavoured leaves. This herb is so widely used around the world that it goes by many names: Shado beni, chardon béni, bandhaniya, samat, alcapate, cilantro de monte, cinlantro habanero, Mexican coriander, sneki wiwiri, and so on. You might find…

How to Grow Shiso

How to Grow Shiso from Seed
15 Nov

How to grow Shiso from seed. Shiso is a strongly flavoured member of the mint family. Its leaves have a tangy flavour of cumin, mint, nutmeg, and anise combined. In stature it resembles a large basil plant, and the cultivation is very similar to growing basil. Latin Perilla frutescens var. crispa Family: Lamiaceae Difficulty Easy…

How to Grow Lemongrass

Lemon Grass Seeds
15 Nov

Lemongrass is a tropical grass that thrives in summer heat. It is well suited to container growing, and ideal for greenhouse cultivation. It can be grown as a perennial in our climate, but care must be taken to control moisture in the soil over winter, and to provide protection from frost. It is somewhat challenging…

How to Grow Thyme

11 Sep

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…

How to Grow Stevia

Stevia Seeds for Organic Growing
11 Sep

Stevia is a genus in the sunflower family with about 240 known species. Sweetleaf is Stevia rebaudiana, which is native to South America. The greatest challenge with Stevia is germination. How to Grow Stevia from seeds ? Sweetleaf is famously difficult crop from seed. Once plants are established, they will grow well in hot weather, and…

How to Grow Savory

11 Sep

Summer savory is a half hardy annual. Winter savory is perennial. Both are well suited to container growing. All savories prefer full sun and well-drained, rather poor soil. Summer savory wants a warm, protected spot in the herb garden, while winter savory is less fussy. Do not feed with liquid fertilizer. Pick leaves as needed,…

How to Grow Sage

10 Sep

It’s nice to have one big, reliable sage bush at the corner of the garden. One plant usually provides enough herb for most families, and its flowers are strongly attractive to wild and domesticated bees. Even hummingbirds will stop for a sip. Propagating by cuttings is easier with sage than growing from seed, but both…