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The mint plant I found is too tall, how should I prune it?

I found a mint plant in a friend's yard. It's very tall. There are three individual stalks. One is nearly two feet tall, the other two a bit under half that. The big one is fully flowered. The large ...
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How can I ensure my perennial herbs survive in an above ground planter (1.5' x 5') year round?

Never been much of a gardener, so 10 years ago I bought a house with a mostly asphalt backyard. So, different season of life now, my wife and I are starting a small garden of mostly food bearing ...
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Is my mint plant dying or diseased?

About a week ago I decided to propagate a healthy stalk of mint that I had bought from the grocery store. The roots appear to be healthy and full, but two of the leaves appear to be abnormal. One of ...
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Can herbs steal each others flavor?

I made oswego tea for the first time tonight and my wife thought I had given her oregano tea. It was too much of a coincidence to guess that I think. She had no idea I made tea out of bee balm and the ...
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Will my basil plant regrow without leaves?

I received a potted basil plant a bit over a year ago as thanks for some computer work. Not knowing how exactly to grow it, I kind of let it overgrow, including not nipping it in the bud at first. It ...
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What is this plant I was told to be a sort of Mentha?

The leaves are from the south of Russia (somewhere around Anapa, Krasnodar Krai) and I was told this was a sort of Mentha. I doubt that, given the leaves are so large. It does have a smell, but, ...
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How can I discourage my chives from flowering?

I have several chive plants in the garden. In the past, I've been able to use the chives before they started to bloom, but this year the plants are only 4inches tall and are already covered with buds. ...
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Is late April too late to plant herbs from seed in the US Pacific Northwest?

I am trying to plant an herb garden in the Puget Sound region (USDA Zone 7b) of Washington state. I wanted to get some perennial herbs going from seed, but I am wondering if it is too late now? (late ...
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Should I periodically restart my lemon grass?

This year my lemon grass is not doing so well. I blame the weather. It's been quite variable last summer and there have been relatively big temperature swings. We're in autumn now. Next summer should ...
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Can leaves absorb light from below as easily as from above?

I'm considering trying to improve my indoor herb growing. It seems that under certain conditions, one could easily run strings of LED lights at the soil surface, which would allow for the plants to ...
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Should I let my basil leaves age?

Is it okay to let the basil leaves "age"? Like the leaves at the lower part of the stem. I pinch back my basil plant at the top, so the leaves at the bottom doesn't get touched and grow larger. I have ...
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What is the name of this plant, is it edible, and how can I care for it?

I took a little bunch, but it in water and planted it when I saw the roots. the original plant was low, close to the floor. I kind of like it going up. This plant smells really nice. It's super ...
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Is there anything wrong with allowing moss to grow around herbs?

I've started up a pot of Basil sprouts indoors under a lamp, and it seems like some moss is beginning to grow around them. Is there anything wrong with having moss in the same pot? Any problems with ...
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Is this young plant a rosemary?

Since the last rain, this plant has been making its way in our garden. It looks like a rosemary, it is growing a couple feet from an old rosemary bush, and its tender leaves kinda taste like one. ...
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What is this bushy, yellow-flowering plant?

Can you help me identify this plant? It is between a foot and two tall. It has a scent I can't really place. It doesn't seem strong enough for a mint.
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What is this bushy, lemony, red-flowering herb?

Can you help me identify this plant? It is about a foot tall. It has a slightly lemony smell. I don't think it's a mint.
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How can I tell the difference between etiolation and a sunburn?

I'm attempting to grow plants from seed during the winter, by using a desk lamp and a timer to simulate 12 hour days. Since I know sprouts require a lot of light, I placed the desk lamp such that the ...
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Can I grow Basil indoors this winter?

My room temperature is 20-21 °C (68°F) and I plan to put it in front of the window facing east, where the sun rises. But usually where I live there is little actual sunlight: it is usually ...
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What is this pest on my hydroponic basil and how can I remove it?

Here are some snapshots of hydroponic basil growing in Thailand. Within a week I've had some pest, it looks like some tiny dark-red arachnids, spinning web on young leaves and crawling mostly on the ...
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How can I control mint rust?

Sharing knowledge here: Since I live in the San Francisco Fog Belt, I suffer from a variety of soil-borne funguses, including mint rust. In fact, mint rust is so severe that in the past I've had to ...
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How to acclimate a store bought plant to a home-outdoors?

I recently bought chives from a fruit and vegetables store that had them imported from somewhere in Europe. It wasn't exposed to sunlight at the place. I brought it home, cleaned it up, repotted into ...
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Why do many of my parsley leaves have white tips?

I'm not sure if this is normal? Not every leaf has this but lots of them do
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Why aren't my potted herbs healthy, and water runs dark out of the parsley container?

I am growing spearmint and flat-leaved parsley in two 10” round containers. I water the plants a couple of times a week, and every 2 weeks or so water them thoroughly until the water drains out the ...
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Late summer vegetable garden in SoCal?

I would like to start a vegetable garden now (late summer). Which vegetables will do best with fall weather approaching? I am in southern California. Also I would like to plant some herbs, which ones ...
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Do herbs grown in containers need to be repotted?

I'm trying to grow some herbs (basil, coriander, and chives) in pots on my kitchen windowsill. This seems to work pretty well for a while, but usually they die after a little bit (well, the basil ...
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Can I save this basil?

I'm very new to this field, and these plants are all I have so far. A few days ago I bought them from IKEA and left them in the kitchen. My bad, I know and I apologize for it. Now I'd like to save ...
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Starting growing herbs inside, is there anything I should worry about?

I plan on starting growing some herbs (for exemple parsley) inside. I'm worried about 2 things: Bugs: I think that having potted herbs inside will attract bugs in my appartment. Am I worried about ...
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What is this sweet smelling herb-like plant?

I have some mysterious, herb-like plant growing in my backyard. Any idea what it is? The closest match I can find is Italian parsley, but the leaf shape is wrong. I tried crushing one leaf and ...
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Is Aloysia with brown spots drinkable?

The leaves of the my Aloysia plant developed brown spots. Initially I thought they were tiny insects, so I washed the leaves and indeed some of the spots were removed, but other spots could not be ...
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Depth of containers for indoor gardens

I am growing an indoor garden in my basement apartment on a racking system I built. I have two shelves 2' deep, 4' long and 2' high with two 4' T5 flouresants for light. The question I have is for ...
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How do I grow Amaranth successfully without it becoming invasive?

So I found a really pretty herb called Amaranth. It turns out it's edible and super healthy. Sadly I'm not sure how to grow it and what I can and can't grow near it. And I am talking about the edible ...
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Does anybody know this plant's Latin name?

As far as I know, this plant belongs to a temperate herbaceous species, it lives outdoors in the Netherlands. Does anybody know its Latin name?
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Seeds not germinating

I have planted a couple herbs 2 - 3 weeks ago and this is the result. It seems the wild rocket has pretty much all come up, the others had similar number of seeds planted but not making a show. 2x ...
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How to save my plants after fertilizer overdose

Yesterday we accidentally put too much fertilizer into our pots. Today the leaves start to turn brown. Is there any way to save them? Some details: We have two pots - one with basil, one with ...
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Common causes of burnt tips on herbs

What are common causes of these burnt tips? Over/under fertilization? Too much/little light? Nutrient deficiency? This is Korean shiso/perilla growing in a deep water culture. I've also seen it on ...
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What combination of herbs are good to plant in the same window box?

My brother-in-law gave me basil, rosemary and mint. I planted it in my window box and the basil and rosemary seem to be doing well. The mint dried up right away. I removed most of the dried leaves. ...
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Can plants be grown succesfully from the seeds in a kitchen cupboard?

In my kitchen cupboard I have the usual herbs and spices (e.g. coriander seeds, cardamom, dried chilies, celery seeds etc. - your typical collection of Schwartz jars) and I want to know if it's ...
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Where and when to pinch back for bushy basil

I've read that "pinching back" or pruning basil plant (ocimum basilicum) will produce a bushier, less leggy, plant. Where on the plant do you cut? When do you cut? How often? Does age of plant ...
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Discolouration on Bay laurus leaves

I have recently purchased a Standard Kitchen Bay Laurus nobilis, once I got home I noticed some discolouration (black spots) on the leaves. Is this a disease? do I need to remove the affected leaves ...
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Is it a problem that the stems of my mint cuttings are curling?

As a minor gardening project in my apartment I've been growing mint, for its robustness and pairing with alcohol. In my attempt to clone the plant I have and fill another pot, all four of the ...
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How do I grow cilantro in USDA Zone 6?

I live in Ridgefield, Connecticut (USDA hardiness zone 6a), and would like to grow cilantro. The local grocery stores sells it in larges bunches for $4, but I only need a little at a time. I'm happy ...
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Should I worry about cross-pollination from the sterile comfrey cultivar, “Bocking 14”?

I am looking at growing some comfrey, Bocking 14 maybe, but I see that this is a sterile hybrid to prevent the weed from growing out of control. My concern is: I save most seeds from what I grow, ...
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How often to water vegetables / herbs with garden hose?

My vegetables and herbs are all in pots outside in full sun. I don't have a drip system. I just water my plants by hand with the hose on the mist setting. How do I get the 1" per week amount of ...
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What nutrient solution is best for hydroponic basil?

What hydroponic nutrient solution is best for growing basil? I'd prefer to know what characteristics to look for rather than a particular brand or product.
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Would a forsythia at edge of kitchen garden cause problems?

We have a rather small garden and would like to start growing some vegetables and herbs. We already reserved a part of our garden for this, but at the edge of this part there currently is a forsythia ...
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My aloysia has some kind of rash

I have some herbs growing in a couple of pots on my balcony. Today I noticed that the aloysia leaves are all covered in this stuff, it looks as if somebody emptied an ashtray on it. It mostly on the ...
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Which kinds of herbs can be grown in flower pots?

I don't have a terrace garden, so I was wondering which kind of herbs can be grown in "flower pots"? My balcony gets abundant sunlight in summers and zero sunlight in winters. The herbs I wish to ...
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End of the Season Mint

Well I have two parent mint plants and both of them lost all of their leaves and sprouted up about 50 new sprouts that are growing great, but the original parent plants still don't have leaves. Should ...
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Is it better to pick herbs from the top or bottom of the plant?

I have a basil plant in my garden that has plenty of leaves. Should I pick the leaves/stems from the bottom of the tree or the top? Does this apply to most herbs like cilantro or parsley?
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Can anyone give advice related to growing an Ayurvedic Herb Garden?

I'm currently growing a few herbs and spices in pots on my terrace using Natural/Organic gardening techniques. Turmeric, Basil (Tulsi), Lemon-Grass, Omum are few herbs. I'd like to transition to ...