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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.


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 to Grow and Use Red Kuri Squash

How to Grow and Use Red Kuri Squash

I love winter squash! My favourite way to eat it is in soup. I’ve made soup from numerous squash varieties and they all turned out really well! It’s difficult to mess them up.

Some have a taste of their own, while others easily adapt to the seasonings used. I find squash to be a very easy vegetable to work with. It is especially satisfying on a cold Fall or Winter’s day.

Every year, I aim to discover a new squash variety and this year “Red Kuri” squash came in first place!


How to Make Garlic Scape Compound Butter

How to Make Garlic Scape Compound Butter

If you’ve read my post on Garlic Scape Pesto you’ll see how much I enjoy working with and eating garlic scapes.

Pesto is a dish that most people think about when deciding on what to do with this ingredient. It’s easy to make and the result is fantastic! Such a versatile ingredient to add to pasta, roasted chicken, steak and it may even be eaten raw. This has been my go-to recipe when I think of garlic scapes.

However, last year we had a bumper crop of garlic scapes. I couldn’t make enough pesto and I still had an abundance to work with.

After some exploring, I decided to try my hand at Garlic Scape Butter. The result is one that freezes well and may be used in countless ways.


Garlic Scape Pesto in 3 Easy Steps

Garlic Scape Pesto in 3 Easy Steps

Garlic is one of the oldest documented herbs in history.

It was prescribed in ancient medical texts from Egypt, Greece, Rome, China and India, for the treatment of diseases and maintenance of good health. Well preserved garlic cloves were found in the tomb of King Tutankhamen and in ancient Greek temples.

A member of the Allium family, garlic is a close relative of onions, shallots, leeks and chives.

Most of us know and use garlic for its cloves.

However, have you tasted green garlic or garlic scapes?