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Growing Herbs in Your Garden

Herbs are easy to grow in containers or a garden, and fresh herbs are a great way to spice up your cooking in the kitchen. Herbs to consider growing include rosemary, sage, basil, and mint. Watch this video to find out more.
Basil growing near tomatoes in a container garden.

Does Planting Basil Near Tomato Plants Repel Insects?

“I read somewhere that if you plant basil with tomatoes, it will repel insects and make the tomatoes taste better. Is there any truth to that?”

While there’s little scientific evidence, basil is thought to be a natural deterrent for several insect pests. Read on to find out more.
Pesto in bowl

Summer’s First Pesto Sauce!

My herb garden has taken off this summer, with basil leading the way. It seems like I had just planted the little green and purple basil seedlings; but pretty soon they were bushy, tall, and it was time to make the first pesto of the season! Read on to find out more.
Red flowers on bee balm herb plants

How to Grow an Herb Garden

If you're new to gardening, one of the easiest and most satisfying ways to get started is by growing herbs. Herbs are easy to grow, and it's quite satisfying to add snippets of fresh herbs to your cooking. Read on to find out how to grow herbs in your yard.
Fresh Basil Cutting Board

How to Harvest Basil from Your Garden and Use it at Home

Mid-summer is the perfect time to reap the benefits of your herb garden. Read on to learn how to harvest basil, use it and preserve it.
Mulching the backyard with a wheelbarrow filled with mulch and a shovel

August Lawn & Garden To-Do List

August is in the hottest and most sultry time of the year. The sun threatens to bake lawns, gardens, and gardeners alike. Read on how to tend your lawn.
Holding a bunch of fresh herbs

How to Air-Dry Fresh Herbs

Air-drying is the easiest and most economical way to preserve fresh herbs for use all year. If you bought a bag of fresh herbs and only used a leaf or two in a recipe, or if you've got a large end-of-season herb harvest, read on to find out how to air-dry and preserve your herbs for lasting use.
basil

How to Grow Basil

Basil is one of the easiest and most satisfying herbs to grow, for both beginning and experienced gardeners alike.
Mini greenhouse in Joe Truini's backyard

How to Make a Mini Greenhouse from a Soda Bottle

Creating a mini greenhouse is the perfect way to balance spring planting with Mother Nature's harsh temperatures. Watch this video to learn how to make one!