Harvesting Herbs – 5 Tips

By Marilyn Zink Harvesting herbs is one of the great pleasures of growing a herb garden. When you are harvesting herbs you are realizing the ‘fruit’ of your labour. The harvest of the herbs fresh leaves is the plant’s ‘fruit.’ You need to follow a few guidelines to harvest herbs correctly. This will depend on…



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Flowering Herbs for Beauty and More

By Marilyn Zink Would you love to grow flowering herbs? If you love to grow flowers and herbs, growing flowering herbs that are useful as well as beautiful will make an excellent addition to your garden. One flowering herb that is stunning in the garden and has a wonderful healing history is echinacea, also know…



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Tips for Harvesting Lavender

By Marilyn Zink I harvested lavender today and am looking forward to preserving it for later use. While it’s getting late for lavender, my plants still have plenty of healthy blooms. Harvesting lavender involves pruning the stems at the base and trimming them free of leaves near the bottom of the stem. Keep the stems…



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Giving Back to the Earth with Herbs

By Marilyn Zink Monday was Earth Day so I wanted to give back to the earth by spending time with the things I love most about it. These ‘things’ are the wondrous plants the earth produces every spring – in particular the herbs I love so much. I took a close look at the herbs…



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Harvesting and Pruning Lavender

For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad. ~ Edwin Way Teale By Chris Carruthers Cowichan Valley Lavender  It is such joy to grow lavender. It is a relatively unfussy plant requiring a little care and yet gives back so much…



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Many Types of Lovely Lavender

By Marilyn Zink This past weekend I had the joy of attending the Cowichan Valley Lavender Festival at the Cowichan Valley Lavender Labyrinth. Chris Carruthers and his wife have done a lovely job with their three-year-old farm producing 23 different types of lavender. Yes! There are that many types. These are derived from three main…



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How to Use Chocolate Mint

By Marilyn Zink I recently started growing chocolate mint in my garden. Mint is a great herb to grow for many reasons and now with new flavour varieties like chocolate mint, it has even more versatility. Now I have to admit that I’ve never been a fan of mint tea. I haven’t really liked the…



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Make an Herbal Easter Basket

By Marilyn Zink Ever wanted to make something different for Easter? Now you can, with an Herbal Easter Basket. This is a simple, fun craft that can be made to keep or give away as an Easter gift. It is also inexpensive yet still makes a wonderful centrepiece. It’s something children will enjoy making too.…



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Culinary Herbs and More in the Garden

  Growing culinary herbs is where many people start when planting their herb garden. But why stop at the basics of parsley, sage, oregano, rosemary, thyme and peppermint? (just to break up an old song). There are many different types of culinary herbs. One could plant culinary salad herbs which include plants like arugula for…



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The Joys of Lovely Lavender

Many people appreciate lavender (Lavandula angustifolia, or Lavandula x intermedia) for its fragrance.  Lavender, through the millennia has been known to offer many benefits for us.The first recorded cultivation and use of lavender occurred over three thousand years ago.  The ancient Egyptians held it in high regard, using it to produce soothing and healing ointments,…



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