Category Archives: Herbs

Closing Summer

It is the end of an unusually quiet summer here at NHG.  A late, hard frost wiped out much of the spring plantings as well as this year’s harvest of blueberries and asparagus.  The figs and asparagus were late and … Continue reading

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Permaculture Summer

To create your own permaculture summer: Start with a good variety of fruits, berries and herbs that pretty much take care of themselves year after year. Add to that background of growth, some tender green leaves (lettuce and spinach will … Continue reading

Posted in Asparagus, Backyard Gardening, Blackberries, Blueberries, Chives, Container Gardening, Figs, Herbs, Lettuce, Oregano, Parsley, Permaculture, Raised Bed Gardening, Spinach, Square Foot Gardening, Strawberries, Sustainable, Thyme, Urban Farming | Leave a comment

Summer Already

After an early, false spring in February that fooled blueberries and peaches into blooming followed by the rest of a perfectly normal winter that felt like it lasted forever, spring finally did come and then go in a flash and … Continue reading

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Spring Again (Maybe)

The average last frost date for this area passed on April 4th but it has been an unusual spring with early season warming trends in February that encouraged strawberries and blueberries to bloom early followed by unsurprising freezes in early … Continue reading

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Kale Chips – Sometimes a Matter of Necessity

The Scarlet Kale in my counter top hydroponic system has been growing by leaps and bounds to the point that they are overshadowing the slower paced cilantro and parsley starts. I needed to trim some leaves to let more light … Continue reading

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Autumn Recess

Autumn has arrived in North Carolina, bringing with it the final harvest of bell peppers, roma tomatoes and serrano peppers. The herb garden has brushed off the first few light freezes and stands ready to make meals fragrant and savory … Continue reading

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Living Ingredients

Although I have grown herbs indoors for each of the last 5 winters, my indoor garden has always been in a designated growing area and not particularly convenient to the kitchen.  So in a kitchen that is already small on … Continue reading

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AeroGarden – Day 18

A quick update on the AeroGarden: Day 18, I topped off the water a couple of days ago when it was time to the second application of nutrients. The basils are doing great and the mint is beginning to peek … Continue reading

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Taking The (hydroponics) Plunge

It all started so simply…I was looking for a birthday gift for a friend.  She does some gardening and is always looking to eat healthier so I went to a few of my favorite online shops and searched Gifts For … Continue reading

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Herbal Remedy

My experiment with the front yard herb garden has come to a close. On Sunday I thinned my 150+ strawberry plants that were spread over two beds down to 32 first-year runners in one bed.  Back in April I wrote … Continue reading

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Better With Basil – Pasta Maker

Late blight is wrecking havoc on North Carolina tomatoes this year, particularly the heirloom varieties.  Last year I was pulling down green tomatoes in late November and this year they were pretty much done by late August.  C’est la vie. … Continue reading

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Finally Spring – Garden Update

The average last frost date for this area has come and gone and the lowest nighttime temp forecast through the end of the month is 41.  I think spring is finally here to stay! The French Breakfast Radishes are speeding … Continue reading

Posted in Backyard Gardening, Blueberries, Collards, Container Gardening, Figs, French Breakfast Radishes, Front Yard Gardening, Herbs, Lettuce, Lollo De Vino Lettuce, Radishes, Raised Bed Gardening, Septoria Leaf Spot, Square Foot Gardening, Strawberries, Sugar Snap Peas, Sustainable, Tomatoes, Urban Farming | Leave a comment

Farmin’ the Front

For years I have been sporting an agricultural mullet – suburban-nice in the front and a garden-party in the back, but no more. Yesterday I ripped out the low growing juniper bush that was taking up half of the space … Continue reading

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Starting My Garden Early

While Punxsutawney Phil and the meteorologists work out their differing predictions for the end of winter, growers are already hard at work preparing for spring, summer and fall. January plant starts included cabbage, chili peppers, bell peppers and rosemary. Now … Continue reading

Posted in Backyard Gardening, Bell Peppers, Cabbage, Chiles, Chili Peppers, Cilantro, Collards, Herbs, Indoor growing, Oregano, Red Peppers, Rosemary, Serrano Peppers, Starting Seeds, Sustainable, Technology, Thrift, Tomatoes | Leave a comment

Winter Growing

This winter there will be a lot of focus on my indoor gardens mostly because my outdoor winter garden is a bit of a bust this year.  The collards and spinach I planted were just beginning to grow when an … Continue reading

Posted in Arugula, Basil, Cilantro, Container Gardening, Herbs, Indoor growing, Microgreens, Mustard, Organic, Red Cabbage, Technology, Thrift, Urban Farming | Leave a comment