Gardening

Everything You Need to Know About Growing Rosemary — Herb Gardening 101

When I think of rosemary, I imagine the rolling hillsides in the south of France, peppered with wild rosemary bushes. I just want to pour myself a glass of rosé, sit poolside, and take in its resinous aroma. Rosemary is not only about aesthetics, though — it adds a flavorful finishing touch to many a savory dish, like grilled lamb, roasted chicken, or toasty focaccia.

Rosemary is easy to grow, evergreen in many climates, and it thrives in containers. There's no excuse why you shouldn't be growing some of your own.

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Which Creates More Greenhouse Gases: Conventional or Organic Farming? — Food News

Unfortunately, the answer might surprise you. A recent study published in Agriculture and Human Values points to organic farming actually having higher greenhouse gas emissions than conventional farming.

But don't write off organics just because of this piece of news.

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The Easiest Way to Preserve Parsley — Herb Gardening 101

I once read that parsley's flavor is the "summation of all things green." I'd say that's a fitting description of this classic, lively, summer herb. Parsley is one of those herbs that produces exponentially, provided the proper growing situation. If you're growing some in your garden, you most likely have a lot of it on hand. Lucky for you, there's a time-saving way to preserve it. No chopping required.

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Everything You Need to Know About Growing Parsley — Herb Gardening 101

Flat-leaf parsley, growing alongside one of its great companion plants, tomatoes.

Growing up, kale was simply the "green stuff" that lined the beds of pale, nutrient-deficient iceberg lettuce at the salad bar. Talk about the ultimate irony. Now, kale is an almost daily component of my diet. The only dandelions or purslane I touched, as a child, were the so-called "weeds" I was told to pull up from my front yard. Today, those two make routine appearances in my salads and smoothies.

And parsley? Those too were just frilly leaves, sitting atop my entrée, that I flicked aside so I could enjoy the main course. Today, parsley is the most-used herb in my home kitchen. I'm here to tell you why you should be growing it in your garden and how easy it is to do.

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7 Planted Centerpieces for Your Table — Set the Table

I love having flowers on the table when I'm hosting friends for dinner, but during the summer, the heat makes it so our cut flowers don't last more than a couple of days before wilting in the heat. That's why I love planted centerpieces for our summer dinner parties instead. Luckily, we have a plant-filled apartment and can just repurpose a few succulents to serve as table decoration.

If you're looking for something a little more permanent for your table, here are seven ideas to try out.

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Everything You Need to Know About Growing Basil — Herb Gardening 101

Note the difference between spicy globe basil, here on the left, and sweet basil.
(Image credit: Jayme Henderson)

Basil is my can’t-live-without-it herb. Its aroma simply exudes summer. I generously sprinkle it over caprese salads, add it whole-leaf into spicy Thai soups, muddle it into Bloody Marys, and make sweet basil syrup for my sliced summer strawberries. And don’t even get me started about how liberally I toss freshly chopped basil on my pizza; I know I'm not alone here.

Many times, an established basil plant is less expensive than those packages of basil you find in the grocery store. So stop purchasing those packages of so-called "fresh" basil and pick up a basil plant. Here’s everything you need to know to start growing your own.

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