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Herbs - Lavender

Back to gallery of herbs Lavender ( Lavandula vera ) Description Lavender is a many-branched, somewhat woody, perennial plant growing 1 ½ to 3 feet tall. The narrow leaves are about 2 inches long and have a pleasing gray-green color. The small lavender flowers are borne on long-stemmed, slender...

Herbs - Fennel

Back to gallery of herbs Fennel (Foeniculum dulce) Description Fennel is a perennial (but usually grown as an annual) that grows to about 3 to 4 feet in height. The leaves are finely divided into thread-like segments and are light green in color. Culture Fennel grows easily from seed planted in the...

Herbs - Common Problems

Back to herb gardening Abiotic Problems 1. Bolting Photo: Howard F. Schwartz, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org Flowering cilantro Bolting is defined as flowering and going to seed prematurely, usually due to unsuitable climatic conditions at certain stages of growth. Cilantro/Coriander is...

Tips on Cooking with Fresh Herbs

Back to gallery of herbs Cooking with herbs is an art. Although there are no set rules for using them, it’s the interest, imagination, and experimentation of the cook that makes food prepared with fresh herbs more tasty and appetizing. Herbs are used to enhance flavors; food can become exciting and...

Herbs - Herbs in Containers/Indoor Herb Gardening

Herbs in containers on a deck Back to herb gardening Herbs in Containers Growing herbs in containers is the perfect solution for the gardener with little space or time to devote to a larger garden. Many herbs are suited to be grown in this manner. Well-draining containers and potting mixture is the...

Herbs - Harvesting/Preserving

Back to herb gardening Harvesting Also see information in Gallery of Herbs Fresh leaves may be picked as soon as the plant has enough foliage to maintain growth. Harvest up to three-quarters of the current season’s growth each time. Harvest herbs before they flower, otherwise leaf production will...

Herbs - General Culture and Care/Sowing Herb Seeds/Overwintering

Photo: Kent Phillips Back to herb gardening Overwintering Culinary herbs Are probably the most useful to gardeners, having a wide range of uses in cooking and baking. These herbs, because of their strong flavors, are generally used in small quantities to add flavor and interest to food. Herb types...

2017 Year of Small Fruits

Strawberry, currant, blackberry, blueberry, grape, and raspberry are some of the small fruits that fit into smaller spaces and are easier to grow than apple, pear, and peach trees. Small fruits will have pest problems but, with good care, you can usually produce delicious, healthy fruit without...

Home Fruit Preventative Spray Schedule and Management of Common Problems

Back to fruits The link below will take you to the Virginia Tech Home Fruit Disease and Insect Management Guide. The close proximity to Maryland, the similar disease and insect problems experienced by fruit growers in both regions and the timely information should provide guidance in managing fruit...

Herbs - Dill

Back to gallery of herbs Photo: Susan Levi-Goerlich Dill ( Anethum graveolens ) Description Dill, a popular annual, has bluish-green stems that contrast with finely divided, yellow-green, plume-like leaves and yellowish flowers. Dill grows about 2 to 3 feet tall. Bees are attracted to the flowers...

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