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Should I let lemon basil flower?

I'm growing some herbs in pots on my patio, and I've let things get away from me a bit: my cilantro and lemon basil are flowering. I know it's considered bad to let my cilantro flower like that, and ...
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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 rust from a steel rainwater barrel harmful to edible plants?

We are using a used steel drum barrel as a rainwater container. Someone else in our house brought it from work, and we haven't bothered replacing with a plastic one yet. Supposing that there is no ...
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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 successfully 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 should I water potted vegetables and herbs with a 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 ...
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Which herbs can be planted closely without having a negative effect on each other

I want to grow some herbs for regular use on my kitchen window sill. As herbs influence other plants growing next to them, I want to make sure they'll go well together before planting/sowing them. ...
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How to have constant supply of dill throughout summer?

I really like dill, so I would like to have a constant supply of it in my garden. However, every time I sow dill, it grows and has some leaves, eventually flowers and I am left without any of it. ...
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How should I harvest Basil leaves as to be least harmful to the plant?

I have a small basil plant similar to this one: Mine's actually a bit smaller, but well. I cut leafs off it for cooking but I try to keep the plant healthy by not using up more than can grow back. ...
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Are plants cloned from a hardened donor effectively pre-hardened?

I got a clone of a nice oregano from someone recently and this oregano had apparently managed to survive through a frosty winter outdoors in the south of Ireland. I was very impressed as I've always ...
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Herbs in glass bottle

I read this page Mason Jar Wall Planter and many people complain about the bottles not having drain holes, but many others said that simply adding some rocks at the bottom will fix it. What do you ...
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I have mislabelled a herb (thought it was chives), can anyone recognize what this is?

Reddit thinks it might be a tomato. I thought it was chives, obviously it's not, but I still think I picked it from the herb shelf, not from a vegetable shelf.
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What herbaceous plants like acid soil, blueberries and white pine mulch?

Looking for herbs to fill out a blueberry bed. The soil is somewhat sandy and acidic, lots of coffee grounds mixed in, and its topped with white pine chips and needles. What herbs would be happy here?...
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Is this parsley plant too advanced to be salvaged for use with cooking

Have a parsley plant (in its second year), and I think it has 'bolted'?, so it not really producing lush green stalks that I can use for cooking. Can I salvage it? Or is it too far gone?
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Does Arugula/rocket flowering mean the plant's crop season is over?

I sowed arugula/rocket in an outside pot 2 months ago. As it was my first sowing of rocket, it turned out to be too dense so I have thinned it out. It was growing nicely, but all of a sudden it ...
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Can I use an NPK compund fertilizer on herbs?

I have some "Low nutrient NPK compound fertilizer" which is sold as Citrus Food left over from a Calamondin tree which has sadly passed away. Can I use this fertilizer on my herbs? They are basil, ...
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What is this disease on my Basil?

I've planted Basil (from a pot) outside and it's been very wet in the last few weeks. The plant has now got these grey spots on it. What is wrong with it?
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Letting basil loose. Will it die?

I let my basil grow from seed, and I very seldom trimmed it. My aim is to understand the plant life cycle, so I did it on purpose. The plants are so arranged: Three vases sitting in a larger, long ...
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What's a suitable depth for a planter for sage and tarragon?

I have just planted a tray each of tarragon and sage seeds, and intend, once the seedlings are suitably developed, to transfer them to planters on the verandah, rather than to the main plot. What ...
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Should I just trim the leaves when I harvest my herbs?

In the past, I grew some herbs which I harvest them when I see them grow out of space. Then I just cut the whole stem, then the plant will split in 2 ways growing in a Y shape. The next time it grew ...
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How can I stop my herbs growing too tall?

I have been growing some herbs in my kitchen in individual pots and they have been growing quite successfully. However, certain herbs, like coriander, have grown to be quite tall, but not strong ...
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How often should I harvest herbs?

I have a few herbs growing hydroponically (basil, chives, cilantro) that are about 4 weeks old. Right now they are about 4-5" tall and have a health glow and smell to them. The herbs are being held ...
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Stevia Plant, aka. Sweetleaf, Sugarleaf, Sweet Herb - where to get seeds?

Stevia Plants, to be precise their leaves are being used as a natural sugar substitute in some countries like Japan, India and over South American for decades or centuries now. Especially in the ...
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What are the optimal growing conditions for chives?

I have a few questions about starting chives (Allium schoenoprasum) and keeping them happy. I understand chives can survive and grow in many conditions, but what are the best conditions? A few ...
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How can I grow herbs in my kitchen?

I am attempting to grow some herbs in my kitchen and I was wondering how frequently I should water them? Also my kitchen isn't the warmest so I am attempting to keep them near the radiator, is there ...
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Has anybody had any success using 5 gallon buckets as planters?

I've recently became interested in starting some outdoor planters this coming spring. After searching around, I found an interesting idea off of Popular Mechanics using 5 gallon drywall buckets as ...
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What light cycle should I use to grow herbs indoors?

I would like to have a small container herb garden indoors this winter, but I want to make sure my herbs do not try to flower. Currently, it's a couple of different basil plants and some rosemary, ...
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Is my woody old sage plant finished?

I have an old woody sage plant (I think it's sage) in my herb garden. It's probably several years old and no longer looks in great shape. Also, I have allowed the grass and weeds to smother its base. ...
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What are good shade-loving consumable plants for a high-rise windowsill?

At our office, we have a wonderful recreation area that gets a few hours of morning sun. The rest of the day the space is engulfed in generic flourescent light. I'm curious which herbs, vegetables ...
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How long will my basil plants live inside?

I have 2 basil plants that are in 8 inch diam. pots. They were outside but were doing poorly so around the middle of the summer I moved them inside. They are now thriving! I generally harvest a few ...
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What herbs/vegetables/greens can be grown in a balcony garden with limited sunlight?

Growing up in a house with a yard, we had a pretty decent sized garden with fruits, vegetables, and herbs galore. Since moving to "the city", I haven't had a yard, and I miss being able to grow things ...