Category Archives: Herbs

Planting Garlic

PLANTING GARLIC by Karla Basallaje. Garlic (Allium Sativum), is in the amaryllis family and is native to central Asia. There are two types of garlic, the hardneck variety (the bolting type) and the softneck variety (the non-bolting type). Bolting refers to the production of a flower stalk and bulbil, in this case. Garlic is considered by many, as an easy crop to grow; however, it is best to remember the basics: know your soil, your climate and location. Choose a sunny spot to grow your garlic, most growers… Read More →


Garlic by Diana Sidebottom Extra, Extra, Read All About It. This just in from the AP network. The clinical trial of a mouthwash containing 2.5% fresh garlic shows good antimicrobial activity for killing germs and bacteria, although the majority of the participants reported an unpleasant aftertaste and halitosis. Seriously? Garlic Mouthwash? I would like to know who funded that clinical trial to see if they have any extra money laying around for (the most ridiculous thing you can think of) trial because I’m going to sign up! Garlic… Read More →

Growing Herbs

Growing Herbs by Diane Sidebottom Do you love herbs? Do you REALLY love herbs? Were you meant to grow Mint? Is there Dill in your will? Do you have a tattoo of your Basil or Rue? Have you penned a rhyme about Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme? Do you really love herbs? Chances are you love them more than you realize. Human fascination with herbs began thousands of years ago. Neolithic man used herbs for food, healing and shamanic rituals. Some were believed to have magical powers and… Read More →

Growing Herbs

Growing Herbs by Byron Chitwood According to Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary,  1: a herb is a seed producing  annual, biennial or perennial that does not develop persistent woody tissue but dies down at the end of a growing season.      2: a plant or plant part valued for its medicinal, savory or aromatic qualities.  For this article, we will stick with the savory and aromatic qualities. There are many different herbs, so many in fact that if they were all listed by name in this article, the list would… Read More →

How to Grow Herbs in Texas

How to grow herbs in Texas.  Aggie Horticulture has a number of resources on it.  Click on the link below and you will go straight to a brochure on how to grow herbs in Texas. Growing Herbs in Texas


Garlic by Pat Abramson Nearly half of the 1,000-plus research papers on garlic published in this century found their way into print in the last 20 years.  Garlic has been scientifically proven to reduce the incidence of heart attacks, atherosclerosis, and high blood pressure.  It is said to enhance one’s immune system and help with colds, as well.  An average clove of garlic (almond size) contains substances equivalent to 100,000 units of penicillin:  about 1/5th the average dose, without penicillin’s side effects. Garlic belongs to the “allium sativum”… Read More →


Herbs by Pat Abramson An herb is any plant that has more than one use, according to the Herb Society of America.  The list includes, surprisingly, certain trees, shrubs, ferns, mosses and fungi!   Many gardeners are delighted to learn they have more herbs in their landscape than they ever thought.  Salvias, hackberry and pine trees, garlic, altheas, hibiscus and daylilies are all considered herbs. Herbs add flavor and zest to creative cooking.  Herbs enhance flower beds and are useful in rock gardens as borders or accent plants.  Because… Read More →


Garlic by Byron Chitwood. The fall planting season is about over.  However, there is still time left to plant spinach, radishes, onion sets if you can find them and garlic.  Garlic is one of the easiest things to grow and a lot of it can be grown in small spaces.  Garlic can be grown the year around in mild climates like we have here in north central Texas. Obtain some seed garlic which is garlic that has not been sprayed for prevention of sprouting.  Maybe you know of… Read More →