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What are the best conditions for basil?

What are the best conditions for basil to grow? I live in the UK and it never seems to last that long. Recently I've been putting the plants in the shade and drenching them in water, which seems to be ...
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What is the best way to prevent animals from eating my garden without a fence?

We have a raised bed garden that does well for the most part. For aesthetic purposes, my wife will not let me put a fence around the garden. Most of the veggies and herbs do well and do not get ...
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How do I get rid of white flies on my basil?

I've recently noticed that my basil and other herb plants are infested by tiny white flies. They spread out like snow-flakes when I spray the plants with water, and there are scary looking number of ...
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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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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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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 are some herbs and spices that are easy to grow indoors?

I currently grow Rosemary on my windowsill. What are some other herbs and spices that are easy to grow (and useful)? I live in South Carolina, USA. Plants are indoors = 65-75F all year.
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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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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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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 to get rid of insects on basil while leaving the leaves safe to eat?

With reference to this question: Insect infestation on my pepper plant, what do I do? I have these insects in my indoor "kitchen window sill" basil and they do seem to be chewing it fast enough to ...
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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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What type of potting soil is most suitable for indoor herbs?

I've tried a few times to grow potted herbs in my apartment with varying success, and I suspect it is related to the potting soil. I have basil and rosemary that are thriving in pots filled with ...
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What are some good companion veggies/flowers/herbs to scare off beetles?

I've had the biggest problems with Asian Stink Bugs (an invasive species that is terrorizing the Midatlantic USA region) and Asparagus Beetles. Oddly enough the asparagus beetles (right pic) are ...
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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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What are some good herbs to grow (pair) with tomatoes?

I have 3 tomato plants in pots right now. One of them is in a large pot and I recently planted some basil in the pot, partly for some extra basil, and partly because I have heard that basil and ...
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Why does my cilantro have thin leaves? Why is my parsley not growing? When will they be ready for harvest?

My cilantro (planted outside, full sun from about 11am to 6pm) doesn't have the broad leaves that I see when I buy it in the store. I planted it in May. When should I expect it ready for harvesting? ...
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“Softening” plants before they go inside?

I've just been reading some Q's here and through that, learnt about the need to harden plants before moving them outside. I'm planning to do the reverse soon, and move a small basil plant from ...
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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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Saving basil plant after it has been sitting in trash?

So I foolishly tried to help my basil plant grow by composting in the pot it was growing in. Needless to say this made the plant sick and yellowish and the leaves that have turned yellow have a bad ...
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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 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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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 do I encourage lemongrass to produce a strong stalk for culinary use?

I am growing some lemongrass (in a pot) and it's doing very well so far: over the past month, it went from a stump, to about 20-30cm high, with long thin leaves. My question is: what the best way to ...
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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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What are the proper conditions and watering habits for rosemary?

I have tried twice now to start Rosemary from seed and failed both times. Last year I planted them in a self watering window box with a number of other herbs. It never really came up well and never ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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How should I propagate a serpentina plant?

I have this serpentina plant from the Philippines. I'd like to use it to grow some more. How do I propagate it? Do I need cuttings or does it have seeds? If it has seeds, how do I find them?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?