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Steer compost and vegetable gardens

I asked this question a couple weeks ago. Nothing is growing, although I have been watering faithfully every day. The tomato starts don't look particularly happy either, and the dill, oregano, and pepper starts have died (though the basil, sage, and cilantro look ok). [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Jun 17, 2014 - 9 answers

How does my garden grow?

Getting a very belated start on planting my garden. Raised beds, zone 8, vegetables. What seeds can I plant this late, and what kinds of starts should I get? [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on May 30, 2014 - 10 answers

How can I grow rosemary indoors?

Every time I try to grow rosemary indoors, the plants die. What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by msbrauer on May 27, 2014 - 13 answers

Have I killed these plants?

Last summer, I put a row of plants in my east window box--USDA Zone 6A in Somerville, MA. They seem "behind" others in the neighborhood. I can't find information on when they should sprout. Have I killed them or am I being impatient? Did I not let some of them seed? Most importantly, do I need to replace them? Or if not, how can I care for them as they return? More below! [more inside]
posted by Hypatia on May 15, 2014 - 6 answers

Arachno-Identifier + Bonus Herb Protection

Need an ID on this spider and (hopefully) whether I should "allow" him around my just-planted herbs. [more inside]
posted by kuanes on May 6, 2014 - 12 answers

Gardening for the overbooked

We've just started renting a house, so we can grow delicious things to eat! However, I need to unpack (and write, and cook, and teach, and...) rather than garden. I am willing to throw a certain amount of money at this problem. What should I look for at garden stores? [more inside]
posted by wintersweet on Mar 7, 2014 - 12 answers

Turn my veggie garden into flowers?

I put together a nice, deep raised garden box last summer and planted a bunch of vegetables. Most of them went bad and I don't want to do that this year. Rather than try to work a veggie garden into my life of full-time work and chasing after a 3-year-old, I'd like to plant some flowers and herbs that I can use to make bouquets to bring in the house all year long.... [more inside]
posted by amanda on Jan 1, 2014 - 9 answers

Cat used our vegetable garden as a litterbox.

Can we still eat it? The vegetables, I mean. [more inside]
posted by casarkos on Oct 16, 2013 - 17 answers

Can raw garlic cure my stomach ulcer and remove H. pylori?

I'm starting a garlic treatment for my stomach ulcer, and have some concerns about whether this will work. My doctor has prescribed antibiotics, but my naturopath has recommended raw garlic (3-4 times daily) and I want to try that approach first, along with other supporting herbs. However I'm worried about the ramifications if this fails, because stomach ulcers are pretty serious from what I hear. Am I taking a big risk of perforation, cancer, internal bleeding etc. by not taking the medication? And is it possible that the garlic could eradicate H. pylori bacteria? [more inside]
posted by TreeHugger on Oct 16, 2013 - 34 answers

I have time and tamarind paste

I would like to make worcestershire sauce in my kitchen. I have an extensive spice cabinet and I can get my hands on anything and everything else necessary. I'm willing to toast, mince, simmer, ferment, and strain for as long as it takes. [more inside]
posted by mgar on Aug 26, 2013 - 4 answers

Need Help With Ethiopian Spices Names

Hi, I have some Ethiopian spices that I wrote phonetically but I don't think I got them right. Can someone help me understand what I have here so I can look them up to see what they're used for? [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Jun 11, 2013 - 17 answers

Zaatar is my spirit catnip

What are some vegetarian uses for Zaatar? I'm not a vegetarian, but I don't eat meat that often, and almost never do at home. But I can't get enough of zaatar! Besides breads/olive oil, and sprinkled on homemade pizza, what else can I eat/make with zaatar?
posted by raztaj on Jun 7, 2013 - 27 answers

Non-gardening city dweller in search of cheap and easy access to basil.

I'd like to turn a piece of my apartment into a garden. Like, an herb garden. Probably. Help. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Mar 19, 2013 - 20 answers

How do I preserve fresh herbs for use later on?

What are the best ways to preserve an abundance of fresh herbs of any type? When our herb garden decides to produce faster than we need it to (like now!) it'd be great if I could save some for later on when its season is over. Details inside, but I'm interested in anything that has worked for you in a similar situation. [more inside]
posted by harriet vane on Jan 4, 2013 - 12 answers

Is it zombie-Thyme?

What is the mystery plant growing in what used to be my (indoor, potted) thyme? (Pics inside) [more inside]
posted by Rallon on Oct 26, 2012 - 10 answers

Can I grow herbs in an indoor wall-mounted planter?

Can I grow herbs that hang on the wall indoors and make them look nice too? [more inside]
posted by RobotVoodooPower on Oct 24, 2012 - 6 answers

How do vegetarians enjoy fresh tarragon?

I want to be in love with my bumper crop of tarragon! How do I really bring out the flavor and really make it shine? The challenge is that I don't cook a lot of meat. [more inside]
posted by BrashTech on Apr 13, 2012 - 29 answers

How do I use compost tea in my indoor garden?

How can I best use "compost tea" on my potted herbs (and what should I avoid)? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Mar 28, 2012 - 5 answers

Herbs/supplements for academic writing?

I am in the last two weeks of writing my master's thesis and I was wondering what herbs or supplements others have found useful for writing. Focus is part of it, but I also need to produce and get in the flow, so to speak. It comes sometimes, but I can never force those really productive moments. I have a cupboard full of various herbs, but no time to experiment. Wondering what has worked for other, including combinations. [more inside]
posted by cejl on Feb 17, 2012 - 17 answers

Fresh herbs for free! (but maybe not so easy as all that)

Growing an indoor herb garden. [more inside]
posted by geegollygosh on Nov 21, 2011 - 6 answers

What is the secret to making the STRONGEST ginger root tea?

What is the secret to making the STRONGEST ginger root tea? [more inside]
posted by StUdIoGeEk on Aug 9, 2011 - 16 answers

Keeping herbs alive in a city window

I have a black thumb, but I'd really like to be able to keep a few pots of herbs in my window here in NYC. Give me your best herb practices. [more inside]
posted by Ollie on Aug 6, 2011 - 15 answers

Summer recipes for fresh sage

What are your favorite summer-friendly recipes that feature fresh sage? [more inside]
posted by crackingdes on Aug 3, 2011 - 20 answers

What do I do with these herbs?

We've got sage, chives, and sweet basil growing in small pots this summer. I've got a few recipes that use one or the other of them, but I know I could be doing more. What else can I do with them? We eat pretty much anything, except we avoid starches (so pasta, potatoes, or grain ideas won't help us much). I'm open to everything from "throw some chopped chives into scrambled eggs" to more formal recipes. Ethnic foods a plus, but hardly required.
posted by DrGail on Jul 18, 2011 - 12 answers

The Nose Knows

What online perfume stores are similar to Black Phoenix Alchemist Lab? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog on Jun 14, 2011 - 13 answers

Help me make my garden tastier

I've never had a garden before. I recently bought a house in Canberra with a small established garden, mainly native Australian plants. It has a drip watering system. There isn't a lot of room, but there are a few things I have always wanted to grow, and I've got no idea whether it is possible to fit them in somehow, or where I should put them. I know I can't do anything until just before spring, but I want to start planning now. [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Jun 13, 2011 - 9 answers

From Garden to Glass

What are your favorite cocktails with fresh herbs? [more inside]
posted by gurple on May 15, 2011 - 23 answers

Non-MJ Vaping

What herbs, spices, or other materials (other than marijuana) have you vaporized for therapeutic benefits? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 6, 2011 - 2 answers

Why have a herb & spice rack if you dont use it?

My herb and spice rack never gets used. I would like to use them all up this year, if not I will probably throw them away. Since I don't have a chef's instinct, I don't know what foods they are best used for, or probably more importantly, what foods they wont work well with. [more inside]
posted by chrisdab on Apr 18, 2011 - 28 answers

Please recommend books on "mixed-use" garden design for Northern climates.

I have an old formal garden next to my 1830's house and I'd like to transform it to more of a kitchen garden with a combination of vegetables, herbs, flowers, berries and espaliered fruit trees interspersed with stone work and some wilder areas. I'm also considering chickens and will want a place for a clothes line. Do you know of a good book for designing beautiful, yet practical, gardens? [more inside]
posted by bumpcat on Apr 16, 2011 - 10 answers

‘Sel Magique, Sel Magique, wherefore art thou Sel Magique?’

Does anyone know anywhere in the UK I might be likely to buy ‘Sel Magique’ salt and herb mix? [more inside]
posted by jaffacakerhubarb on Dec 13, 2010 - 10 answers

Save me from Spider plants.

Re-starting my indoor garden: What should I do? I've had a sucessful window-herb-plant garden going for years but then everything just died at once. I want to start fresh, from seed ideally, and as soon as possible. What plants (herb or house) grow in winter (Heated but not that heated apartment) with semi-eastern exposure that don't die if I look at them funny?
posted by The Whelk on Nov 19, 2010 - 5 answers

Magic Flight Launch Box? Or a different vaporizer?

Should I get the Magic Flight Launch Box? Or a different herbal vaporizer? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 5, 2010 - 7 answers

Just because obscure herbs are fun

What are some dishes that go well with tarragon? So far I have used it in sauce bearnaise and with oven baked fish but would be interested to find out other uses for this, let's be honest, awesome herb.
posted by kitchencrush on Oct 10, 2010 - 25 answers

Plant identification: eat it, nurture it, or kill it with fire?

Please help me identify the plants - flowers, weeds, veggies, herbs - in the garden of the house we just bought. There are several plants that I don't recognize, so I'd really appreciate any clues you might have! [more inside]
posted by misskaz on Aug 7, 2010 - 18 answers

Help me produce yumminess with fresh herbs?

How can I use the small but frequent herb harvests from my Aerogarden? [more inside]
posted by oblique red on Jul 15, 2010 - 29 answers

What is this plant that was in our CSA box?

What is this plant that came in our CSA box today? The bunch is about 10-12 inches long, it smells vaguely like cilantro but without so much "soapiness", and the leaves are somewhat fennel-like. The flowers are small and pinkish to purplish.
posted by matildaben on Jun 8, 2010 - 25 answers

Protogreen thumbee needs help

I just moved into a new place. I want to start a garden on my balcony. [more inside]
posted by ysabet on Apr 21, 2010 - 11 answers

Gardening in advance

What can I do now if I won't have access to a real garden until August? [more inside]
posted by kro on Apr 3, 2010 - 6 answers

What can I grow indoors in 4-inch clay pots?

What can I grow indoors in 4-inch clay pots? [more inside]
posted by geeky on Mar 20, 2010 - 10 answers

First they came for the oregano...

Why do you have to be 18 to buy Basil plants? [more inside]
posted by IanMorr on Mar 13, 2010 - 23 answers

Good books for gardening?

What are some good introductory gardening, botany/plant biology, herb/herbal medicine, or nutrition books? [more inside]
posted by hannahelastic on Feb 24, 2010 - 11 answers

AeroGarden v. Power Plant Pro

Help me choose between AeroGarden and Power Plant Pro? Please? [more inside]
posted by valkyryn on Feb 19, 2010 - 7 answers

I need to find an herb shop in S. Ohio. Help me out!

Bulk herb shops in southern Ohio/northern Kentucky? (Kava kava, valerian, etc.) [more inside]
posted by deacon_blues on Feb 7, 2010 - 8 answers

I keep killing the recao!

I keep killing the recao! Help me grow better! [more inside]
posted by toodleydoodley on Jan 6, 2010 - 7 answers

How can I save thyme?

How can I, or rather my landlady, save some thyme that has just been brought in for the winter? [more inside]
posted by lapsangsouchong on Dec 16, 2009 - 8 answers

Thanksgiving Vodka?

Vodka That Tastes Like Fall? Since I do my Thanksgiving a week or so after everyone else, I have time to infuse a massive jug of vodka with seasonally appropriate flavors for the festivities. What infuses well and tastes like fall/thanksgiving/etc? [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Nov 24, 2009 - 21 answers

Gardening in the sink

What indoor plants or herbs can I grow in this repurposed children's sink? [more inside]
posted by bradly on Sep 14, 2009 - 5 answers

The Intoxicated Aesthete

Help Me Give The Gift Of Drunkeness: What can I infuse in these little jars? I got a case of them as a gift and I want to turn it around into another gift, little jars of infused vodka, but I have some questions, mostly about making them pretty. [more inside]
posted by The Whelk on Sep 7, 2009 - 14 answers

I love you, fresh egg

What cooking secrets take your food to the almost-pro level? [more inside]
posted by chalbe on Aug 24, 2009 - 135 answers

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