Its winter and coriander (Coriandrum sativum) is coming up in my garden. Outside of the sub-tropics, coriander is a spring/summer annual, but it quickly bolts in hot weather, so it grows better here in winter. This herbs is known by its Spanish name, cilantro, in the US (and obviously in countries that speak Spanish). Coriander […]
Lemongrass Cymbopogon citratus is a fragrant tropical grass. It can be grown in the sub-tropics and has many uses in the garden, as well as the kitchen.
I’ve had Sweet Violet (Viola Oderata) in my garden for about a year now and I’m actually not really sure how to use it. It smells lovely when it flowers and I’ve managed to keep it alive through winter and a hot dry summer. I thought this was a good opportunity to learn more myself. […]
I was surprised to find that oregano was not listed in my herb books, but then I remembered that it might be under Marjoram and I found the right sections. I have never quite understood the oregano/majoram connection, fortunately it is explained in this blog post, and now I know that I do have oregano […]
Found on every continent (other than Antarctica), this potent antibiotic lichen is easy to find, harvest, and store. Usnea is a definite must have in any medicine cabinet.
Lavender is an essential herb in any garden because it is relatively easy to grow and has so many uses. This post is about how I grow lavender (which type I grow) and how I use both dried lavender flowers and lavender essential oil around the home.