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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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Which herbs can be grown as perennials?

What are some herbs that are perennials, i.e. they return and grow the next season? I'd like to keep a garden of herbs around for cooking.
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How do I help my kitchen window herb garden thrive?

For the last couple of years, I've been nursing along a sort of kitchen window herb garden consisting of cilantro, parsley, basil and chives. What I've done is bought live herb plants at our local ...
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Is it OK to plant flowering plants near my herb garden?

I have mint, tarragon, sweet basil etc. Beside is another plot for different kinds of roses and daises. Then the roses started to lose leaves or have bites on the leaves. Do the herbs attract insects ...
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Why is my basil doing poorly after I split it a month ago?

About a month ago I split my basil plant in half since I wanted to give some basil to a friend. I had never split a plant before. During the summer and fall months I kept my plants outside on my ...
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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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Caring for & maintaining thyme

We have some thyme in our perennial bed and after seeing that it is quite frost hardy I'm realizing I don't know much about this plant. Specifically, I'm interested in how best to keep harvesting ...
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Why should I leave my coriander seeds on the plant to dry before harvesting?

I want to harvest the seeds from a Coriander/Cilantro plant. I would like to pick them now, but investigation on the internet suggests that I should let them dry on the plant. Why? The plant has ...
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Is there a tarragon lookalike OR can tarragon be flavorless?

I grew some tarragon this year, but didn't have the opportunity to use it until a couple weeks ago. However during harvest I didn't get the licorice smell, so I crushed it and still no smell. I chewed ...
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How to prepare herbs for winter?

I've got tomato, basil, rosemary, thyme and peppermint plants. I've read that the rosemary and peppermint are perennials. How do I prepare my [plants that should live until next year]? We had our ...
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Can indoor mint grow all-year round?

I'm growing mint in a flowerpot, and it's been growing fine all summer but now it seems to be fading a bit, some leaves turning yellow/brown and falling off. Is that simply because I didn't water it ...
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Why are my chives turning brown on the tips of their leaves?

I grow chives in a pot. In the last few weeks, it grew dramatically. However, in the last days I noticed that the tips of the leaves turned brown. What could it be? Some type of disease? Lack of ...
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Can I use ladybugs on herbs while treating trees in the same garden with imidacloprid?

I have a smallish garden. With several sections, unconnected by soil. In one section I am growing trees that are being dosed with systemic imidacloprid. Near by, but in pots, I am growing some herbs ...
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Will scallions grow after using them?

We buy scallions from the market and consume everything but the bottom parts of the plant (I guess it's like white bulb part?). Is there a chance that it will still grow even after refrigeration? ...
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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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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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How to preserve dried herbs from fungus/bacteria or even insect attack?

My garden produces a lot of herbs, like mint, sage, rosemary, lavender, etc. I use to wash them, after gathering, and dry them in the shadow to preserve (as much as possible) their scent, color and ...
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Will a homemade insecticide affect the taste of herbs or other edible plants?

I'm thinking about using a homemade insecticide like a small amount of dish soap/coffee/Aloe vera mixed with water for my Stevia plant which the insects seem to like. I'm worried though that what I ...
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Is it time to thin these cilantro seedlings?

I planted 2 cilantro seeds in the same bed a few weeks ago... now I've got 3 distinct seedlings coming up in close proximity. I want to grow the cilantro for culinary use and planted multiple seeds ...
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What's going on with my bay leaf? Burnt looking leaves?

I purchased a bay leaf plant and noticed that some of the leaves are appearing burnt. I haven't repotted the plant yet. It's sitting in a nice sunny spot and I've been watering it. I also noticed ...
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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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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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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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Why has my mint plant gone all woody/sparse/stringy?

I grew my mint plant in a pot to contain the roots, and that has worked well for 3-4 months. However, the plant is not really producing fresh leaves now. Is there anything I can do?
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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My flat leaf parsley has stunted growth and pale red leaves. What could be wrong?

My flat leaf parsley is not looking very healthy; the growth seems stunted, and the leaves are starting to turn a pale red. What should I do to revive it?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...