Does your gardening hobby leave you with a glut of fresh herbs? We explain how to preserve your extras by drying them to save and share with others.

Chamille White

Pandemic times led to an emergence of hobbies and crafts from home, and many folks found interest in gardening once more. Since being relegated so long to staying at home, many green-gilled gardeners found ways to grow things rather than buy them. What happens when you have way more herbs than you can use right now before they lose peak flavor?

Believe it or not, people once relied mainly on what they could raise and grow from home. Subsistence farming remains the case in many parts of the world today, quite frankly. …

Want the dirt on how to level up your green thumb? Save the planet by composting, and watch your neighbors grow green with envy at your tasty tomatoes!

By melGreenFR

Today I want to talk dirty to you. One of the filthiest things to discuss involves digging up some dirt on this situation. Previously, we discussed all different kinds. From silty to sandy, the top suggestion to amend and improve your soil called for adding organic compost. But what on Earth is “organic compost”?

Ideally, our soils should teem with orgies of microbial activity and once-living materials in various states of decomposition. The tried and true way to enrich this natural process involves compost amendments. …

a savory, tangy garnish

Also known as “rush leeks,” chives are native to both the Old and New World — the only one of the alliums. Bulbous blossoms make them a great choice to attract pollinators. Both leaves and flowers are edible.


Find this perennial flowering April and May in its southern habitable zone or June more northward. Like their allium cousins, chives get their characteristic scent and pest-repellant qualities from sulfur concentrations.

Scientific name: Allium schoenoprasum

Tastes: mild, acidic, savory, sharp, tangy

Uses: garnish, seasoning, or sauce for omelets, fish, potatoes, soup, salads, and more!

adds a lemony bite

Also called Chinese parsley and dhania, many refer to its leaves as cilantro and seeds as coriander. This annual herb is found in Latin American, Mediterranean, and Southwest Asian cuisine.

By Franz Eugen Köhler

Find it growing wild from Southern Europe to Western Asia. Plant early and late season crops as cilantro bolts during warm months. Nearly 1 in 4 have a gene that causes cilantro to taste like soap rather than its characteristic lemony-tart flavor.

Essential to any garden, healthy soil acts as the structure from which we grow fruits, flowers, and vegetables. Please take a look as we identify the components and types of soil and learn to improve yours.

Photo by Gabriel Jimenez on Unsplash

The health of your soil determines the health of your garden or farm. Without considering its needs, the yield and quality of your harvest diminish. Like any living organism, your soil needs consistent monitoring and maintenance to ensure productivity not only now but in years to come. Today we learn precisely what soil is, what types of soil exist, and how to improve your soil to produce lush, healthy plants.

What is soil?

When farmers or gardeners talk about soil, they refer to the top organic layer of the Earth’s land surface and its topsoil directly beneath. Land surfaces are not soil if…

Take a look as we sit down with a local hemp producer and community gardener, Jacob Seals, to discuss reproducing plants from clones.

A friend and fellow gardener, Jacob Seals, and I spoke about what to cover for this week’s gardening piece. He suggested that we cover the topic of plant propagation — particularly with plant cuttings. A skill like cloning plants would be handy information for other folks who garden or farm — especially novices who may have only heard of the concept in passing. Believe it or not, the cloning process costs little and is not too technical. Keep scrolling as we laser focus on cloning plants by taking cuttings (with pictures).

By Firn

Jacob knows his stuff regarding plant propagation, as he…

JM Heatherly

Born and raised in Tennessee. Broad range of discussion from gardening to direct action, spirituality to poetry. Finding gems to polish for you.

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