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10 Must Have Herbs For Your Vegetable Garden

10 Must Have Herbs For Your Vegetable Garden

I love herbs!

They smell delicious and make a wonderful addition to recipes. The flowers they produce are loved by all sorts of pollinators, like honey bees, bumble bees, butterflies, hover flies, lace wings and many others. They make great companion plants to many vegetables, by either deterring pests, attracting pollinators or both.

Whether you have room for a vegetable garden, or not, there’s always room to add a pot of herbs. Even if you don’t have outdoor space, a pot of herbs will grow wonderfully next to a sunny window.

Check out my list of top 10 “must have” herbs for your vegetable garden.

Included at the end of this post is a recipe that you can download for free. In it, I not only provide the recipe, but also the step-by-step techniques to make it.


Flower of the Month: Pasque Flower


Pasque flower, or Pulsatilla vulgaris is a member of the Ranunculaceae family. Ranunculus (my favourite spring flower) is also a member of this family. You can find more information on the Ranunculus flower here.

Pulsatilla vulgaris is a herbaceous perennial flower, that dies back every winter and regrows new stems in the spring.


How to Force Rhubarb (Plus Bonus Recipe)

How to Force Rhubarb

I have recently made the most amazing discovery and I’m so excited to share it with you!

Rhubarb has been growing in my garden for over 5 years. I have added several plants since then and have about 7 plants in total. Every year, I’ve had to wait until well into May, in order to harvest it.

However, I’ve found an easy way to speed up its growth. This method produces rhubarb that is a delight to the senses and it’s flavour is sweeter and more tasty than traditionally grown rhubarb.

How would you like to get a head start on your rhubarb plants?

Here’s what I’ve done in order to speed up my rhubarb’s growth. The result is a sweet and tender harvest, unlike any sold in stores or farmers markets. By following this approach, you too will be able to harvest a surprising and delightful rhubarb, that will make you the envy of all your gardening friends and neighbours.


How and Why You Should Prune Pepper Plants

I’ve been growing my vegetables and flowers on top of a fenced-in concrete patio for the past three years. It’s a pretty big learning curve, because I haven’t quite figured out my growing zone yet. I live in zone 6b, but the concrete slab under my patio garden heats things up to similar temperatures as Arizona in summer! Trying to keep everything alive and productive is half of the fun.

Speaking of productive plants, let’s talk about helping pepper plants produce better.

What is the best way to increase productivity in peppers?

How do you fix a leggy pepper plant so it gets bushier and produces a better harvest?


How and Why You Should Chit Your Potatoes

Every year that I garden, I try to find new and easier ways to do things. One of my more recent discoveries is Potato Chitting!

For many gardeners in North America, potato chitting is an unknown concept. The word “chitting” itself, is new for most people. However, potato chitting is an old fashioned gardening term, that has been practiced for generations.

There are many reasons why you should consider chitting your potatoes. I will tell you why you should do it and show you how easy it is!