The robust, peppery flavor of Arugula adds zest to your salads. For maximum taste, harvest leaves when they are approximately 6" in height. Grow with other cool-weather greens, such as a spinach, lettuce and mustard. For fresh green from the garden, stagger planting every 2 weeks during the growing times. 40 days to maturity.
Garden tip: Arugula has uses beyond salad. It can be sautéed or cooked. Don't forget to try ...
Best grown indoors in a container. Cat grass is good for cat's digestion and may save your other house plants. Rich in vitamins, minerals and enzymes that are beneficial for your cat's fut.
Garden Tip: Water, cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot until seeds sprout; then remove plastic. Water only when dry. Allow your cat to enjoy when plants are 3" high. When grass starts turning yellow, the chlorophyll is gone, and
Catnip can be used for ornamental and culinary purposes. The leaves and shoots have been used in sauces, soups and stews. The flowers, as well as the leaves are used in herbal teas. Catnip has a minty, lemon taste. Cats love it! 75-85 days to maturity.
Garden tip: Harvest the leaves as the flowers begin to bloom. Cut off the top of the leaves, stems and flowers. They can be dried or frozen.
Chives are hardy, drought tolerant perennials. The leaves are round and hollow, similar to onions, but smaller in diameter. Excellent flavoring in salads, soups, stews, and sauteed dishes. Try growing some on a sunny kitchen windowsill! Matures in 80 days.
Gardening Tip: The leaves can be snipped when plant reaches 6" tall. Leave about 2" for new growth.
Cilantro is a very popular and easy to grow herb. The leaves are parsley-like, yet are spicier than regular parsley. These aromatic and flavorful seeds are used in potpourri and to flavor pastries, salad dressings and meats.
Garden Tip: Cut Cilantro leaves when they are 4-6" tall. Gather seeds as they ripen. May be used whole or crushed. Check out this winning recipe:
Dill is not only beautiful but is easy to grow. The seed is used as a pickling spice and the leaves are used in fresh salads or as garnishes.
Garden Tip: To harvest dill, cut leaves close to the stem early in the morning or late in the afternoon. To collect the seed, cut stem so that it can be hung and dried in a dark place. Spread paper or bag underneath to catch the seeds.
Lemon Basil has a wonderful citrus fragrance and flavor. Good in vinegar, and with fish, meats and pesto. Bring the wonderful fragrance indoors by adding the dried leaves to potpourri. To encourage a bushy plant, keep pruning. Grow indoors or out. Matures in 80-90 days.
Drying tip: Dry by tying the leafy stems into bunches and hanging upside down in a dry, warm place until dry.
Lemongrass is an elegant and beautiful choice for planters, beds, and large ornamental groupings. In the fall, the slender spires turn a stunning shade of red. This herb is also well known for its amazing aroma as its stalks are infused with a strong lemon fragrance that is brought out with even the slighest brush of the foliage. This aroma makes this plant perfect for teas and other beverages, as well as a delicious addition to soups, stir
Oregano is an important culinary herb. It's the leaves that are used in cooking, and the dried herb is often more flavorful than if it were fresh. Known to enhance Italian dishes, Oregano is also an accent in vegetable, egg, and meat dishes. Very aromatic. Matures in 80 to 90 days.
Gardening Tip: Pick the leaves as needed. Flavor is best if picked before flowering. Use fresh, dried, or frozen.
Italian Parsley has flat leaves that make this a prefered plant of gourmets. Its culinary uses include salads, soups, butters, fish, and poultry. Italian Parsley contains large quantities of vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, and magnesium. Great in window boxes and containers.
Gardening Tip: Parsley grown near roses is thought to improve the scent and health of the roses.
Best known for poultry stuffings, sage is also a delightful seasoning for meats. One of the best herbs of choice for spicing up relatively bland foods. Wonderfully aromatic, this plant can be grown indoors or out.
Garden Tip: Leaves may be picked as needed and used fresh or dried. Cut back plant after blooming for best results.
One of the most popular herbs from the garden. Sweet Basil has aromatic leaves which are used fresh or dried to liven up numerous culinary dishes. The clove-like aroma and flavor provide wonderful seasoning in tomato dishes, soups, sauces, poultry, fish and herb butter.
Garden Tip: Leaves can be preserved by hanging the foliage upside down in small bunches and air-drying in a warm, dry, well-ventilated room for about a ...
Variety is the spice of life, and this variety is truly something special. Thai Basil sports an attractive purple foliage and anise-clove aroma. A picture of versatility, it will look stunning in pots and borders and add color to any cuisine. Known as a highlight of Thai and Vietnamese cooking, Thai Basil will become one of your favorite kitchen companions.
Thyme has a strong piquant or lemony flavor. It enhances the flavor of meat, fish, and poultry. Also used in landscaping where their small mounding growth habit makes a delightful addition to most beds. Supreme when potted or in hanging baskets.
Garden tip: Leaves can be harvested for fresh use throughout the summer, but the flavor is best just before flowering. To dry, cut the stems just as the flowers start to open and