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A rosemary plant I purchased
in December 2010 at a Whole Foods Market sat on my porch
(we live in Rochester, NY; very cold winter!) It is now
April and I am cleaning my porch. The rosemary plant is
still very aromatic, and the leaves are very dry.
However, the soil was still moist. Will this plant
recover? I cut it back severely so I hope I did not harm
it. Also, is the dried portion of the plant usable for
cooking purposes? Thanks very much!
I know how cold it gets up there, I lived in Buffalo for
a year. Lucky you the plant survived. It may recover;
use a reflective window light for 4 hours per day for a
week and then use a stronger sun for the same amount of
time. Do not over water. You may certainly use the dried
aromatic leaves for seasoning.
Hello, I am curious if you can
cut branches off a ginko tree and spray them clean with
the hose and just hang the branches indoors to dry the
leaves then just pull the leaves off once dry it seems
that if it is possible it would be much easier than
pulling, washing,towel drying then air drying. I also
read that you could dry the leaves in the oven at 180
degrees Fahrenheit or even in the microwave. What is the
best method of drying to preserve the nutrients? Thank
you for your time.
Never use the oven or the microwave. You may dry them by
hanging them upside down and it should be okay. The
best way to preserve the active parts is to make an
extract or tincture.
i did plant an herb garden this spring, all is very
pleasing to me with one exemption: how to grow dill,
how deep to pant the seedlings ..how much water and how
much sun, ??
what soil condition is needed for growing dill???
would love to hear from you .. in the hope of helping
in my dilemma.
Rather than go into lengthy explanations I am sending
you a site which will definitely help.
an easy plant to grow. Just remember not too much sun
nor too much water.
I'm planning on
growing medicinal ecinachia, are there different
varieties with different medicinal potencies or is
there a better one to grow or is there just one to grow?
ANSWER: Great question!
Echinacea is related to the daisy.
There are 9 species:
a.. Echinacea angustifolia - Narrow-leaf Coneflower
b.. Echinacea atrorubens - Topeka Purple Coneflower
c.. Echinacea laevigata - Smooth Coneflower, Smooth
d.. Echinacea pallida - Pale Purple Coneflower
e.. Echinacea paradoxa - Yellow Coneflower, Bush's
f.. Echinacea purpurea - Purple Coneflower, Eastern
g.. Echinacea sanguinea - Sanguine purple Coneflower
h.. Echinacea simulata - Wavyleaf Purple Coneflower
i.. Echinacea tennesseensis - Tennessee Coneflower
Of these Echinacea Purpurea is the most studied, best
known and the one we
Two others are: Echinacea Agustifolia and Echinacea
QUESTION: What should
you do when your herbs start seeding or flowering out?
flowering the plant dies. Depending on what herbs you
are growing and for what uses, you can either
top the flowers and let them dry or begin using them.
Here's a great link for you: