Herbs

Consider Herbal Groundcovers

August 21, 2011 lawanda Newspaper Columns

When you hear the word “groundcover,” what is your immediate thought? Something to plant where grass won’t grow, maybe in a part of the yard you never visit or don’t want to mow? Boring, right? Things are about to change! Consider planting an herbal ground cover – suitable for those areas mentioned above, as well […]

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Horseradish is 2011 Herb of the Year

June 5, 2011 lawanda Newspaper Columns

The International Herb Association has named horseradish its 2011 Herb of the Year. Wait – don’t stop reading because you don’t like horseradish – you’ll be surprised at the ways it can be used. More about that later. Horseradish is easy to grow. Typically, you’ll buy roots and plant them in early spring. It grows […]

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Grow your own poultry seasoning

November 17, 2010 lawanda Newspaper Columns

Have you ever wondered exactly what’s in that little container of poultry seasoning that you dutifully sprinkle onto the chicken, turkey or duck you are cooking?  I have to confess I never thought about it until a year ago when I had a mallard already in the slow cooker and nothing came out when I […]

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Dill is the 2010 Herb of the Year

March 3, 2010 lawanda Newspaper Columns

The International Herb Association has chosen dill as its 2010 Herb of the Year. Dill is easy to grow and beautiful to look at, and finds a place in herb, vegetable and flower gardens.        Dill is a cool season plant, which means it is best planted from seed in early spring.  .  It is […]

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Chamomile

August 18, 2009 lawanda Newspaper Columns

      Have you seen those little white daisy-like flowers growing in the gravel at the very edges of country roads?  That is the herb chamomile.  You can grow a taller, prettier version in your garden. There are a few different types of chamomile with many different common names, but for simplicity here, we’ll talk about […]

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Bay Laurel: 2009 Herb of the Year

February 18, 2009 lawanda Newspaper Columns

      The International Herb Association has designated bay laurel as its 2009 Herb of the Year.  Do you have a dusty 10-year-old jar of bay leaves in your spice cabinet?  This is bay laurel, or Laurus nobilis.       The Latin laurus means “laurel” and nobilis means “renowned.”  The word laureate comes from laurus and means […]

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Growing sprouts

October 31, 2008 lawanda Newspaper Columns

      It was late summer and I just wanted to grow something, anything.  It was too late to plant seeds outdoors.  I’d been thinking about growing alfalfa sprouts for years, but thought it was too complicated.  It turns out it is easy, fun and best of all, fast.       Sprouts can be grown on your […]

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Flax in the garden

August 20, 2008 lawanda Newspaper Columns

      It’s hard to have missed the news articles over the past several years on the many health benefits of flaxseed oil.  The omega-3 fatty acids in flaxseed oil help lower cholesterol and blood pressure.  Other parts of the plant are also useful – the fibers are used to make linen cloth, high quality paper […]

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Chives

June 18, 2008 lawanda Newspaper Columns

      Chives have a place in your garden, whether you have an herb or vegetable garden, or just a flower bed.  They are truly the easiest herb to grow and they are perennial, coming back year after year.       Chives are one of the first plants to poke through the soil in spring.  They grow […]

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Mint is easy to grow, but keep it in bounds

April 16, 2008 lawanda Newspaper Columns

      Mint is an easy herb to grow and it comes in many different flavors along with the traditional peppermint and spearmint.  There are mint plants flavored with chocolate, orange, apple, pineapple, basil, lavender, lemon, banana and more.       Some varieties are hardier than others, but all grow well in our climate.  A few, like […]

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