First Haircut

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Oh my . . . someone is getting quite tall. This is the Spice Basil that I took cuttings of on October 5. The easiest way to tell if your cuttings have taken root is if they are producing new growth. Yes, these are rooted. Tall, lanky plants are not healthy plants so I have pruned them down to the … Read More

Bringing the Herb Garden Indoors

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Last year I successfully overwintered cuttings from my Pest Perpetuo basil.  The basil in the India Bed that I have been tending all summer did so well despite the drought (a big THANK YOU to the ladies who kept the entire herb garden so well-watered this summer) . . . . . . that I just had to try taking cuttings … Read More

Pennsylvania Herb & Garden Festival

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I was excited to go to the Pennsylvania Herb & Garden Festival in York, PA today.  I had seen a lot of positive things about it online so I was willing to drive 2 ½ hours to attend.    Upon arrival, I was happy to see a cute display of herbs, flowers and veggies in the lobby, but upon entering the … Read More

Cleopatra Oregano, a 2015 AAS Winner

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Cleopatra Oregano

This year Rutgers Gardens, a display garden for AAS, is growing another 2015 winner: Cleopatra Oregano. Last year we grew the Dolce Fresca basil, also a 2015 winner. Cleopatra oregano is different from the usual oreganos. It’s an Origanum syriaca with a spicier flavor that has a hint of mint in it. They are also known as Lebanese oregano or Syrian … Read More