St John’s Wort

Growing and Cultivating St John’s Wort Named after its time of bloom – June 24, the birthday of John the Baptist – St. John’s wort has yellow flowers with distinctive oval-shaped, elongated petals, as well as a rich history of being used as medicine dating back to ancient Greece. Theorized by scientists to be native to Europe, the western United States and parts of Africa and Asia, St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) possesses impressive antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties and is thus used for a variety…

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Plantain

Plantain Growing Tips and Health Benefits Plantain (Plantago major) is a weed that you may have thrown out many times from your garden. This is an abundantly growing plant found all over North America. It has oval, ribbed short-stemmed leaves, with spiky flowers. The plant grows in clumps. A very persistent plant, it has been seen to grow in cracks in walls, on fences, and virtually anywhere it is uninterrupted. Most people throw out weeds on the first instance of appearance, but you should know…

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Basil

Cultivation and Medicinal Benefits of Basil If you love Italian food, you’ll be very familiar with the taste and scent of basil, but there’s much more to this pungent herb than pasta sauces and pesto. In medieval times, basil was considered quite a dangerous herb to handle, being related to scorpions and the legendary basilisk; one herbalist of the time reported that “being laid to rot in horse dung, it will breed venomous beasts,” while the famous botanist Nicholas Culpepper glossed over its qualities in…

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growing herbs

Soil and Space: Designing The Perfect Herb Garden Getting started with an herb garden doesn’t require much effort, especially if you’ve already had some practice with gardening. In the long run, you will need good quality soil to keep your herbs growing strong. The healthier your soil is, the more productive and hardy your herb garden will be. How do you get good soil for your herb garden? We’ll show you how. First, know that good soil needs a mix of clay (to retain water),…

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