Posts in category "Herbs"

Gardening with Herbs in Chicago for the Year of the Herb

Gardening with Herbs in Chicago for the Year of the Herb
2012 is the Year of the Herb in Chicago. The candidates for this year’s One Seed Chicago election were all herbs. This year’s One Seed Chicago winner will be announced at the Green & Growing Fair at the Garfield Park Conservatory on April 28th. Several groups and community gardens will be growing and celebrating this... Read more »

Urban Foraging Feverfew

Urban Foraging Feverfew
Ever since reading Grow Your Own Drugs earlier this year I’ve been looking around the neighborhood for useful plants and herbs. Feverfew derives from Latin word febrifugia, meaning “fever reducer.” It has been used in European folk medicine for centuries to alleviate fevers headaches, stomach problems and skin conditions. In ethnic neighborhoods in Chicago it... Read more »

Vegetables and Herbs for a Sunny Garden

Last year when I visited the organic rooftop farm at Uncommon Ground on Devon the farm manager at the time mentioned that growing on the roof posed several challenges. The rooftop farm is exposed to full sun and it gets very hot up there. This year, while planning the garden on the back porch I... Read more »
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Pinching Basil Flowers in Herb Garden

Once basil flowers the leaves tend to taste a little bitter. If you’re growing basil in your herb garden on way to extend the plant is to deadhead the flowers. To do this simply pinch off the blooms with your thumb and index finger. If your basil has started flowering and you want to collect... Read more »