herbs

My Garden: From Folly to Fabulous

October 14, 2013
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Four years ago, Bonny McKeough of Chatham, Ontario, embarked on an ambitious mission to grow the perfect herb garden, one styled after the distinguished Kew Royal Botanic Gardens in London. Starting with a 2-acre grass-covered lot, some basic design plans, and a shovel and wheelbarrow, she carved out a 60x160-foot formal garden framed by an artistic latticework of grass paths.

Herbal Household Helpers

September 30, 2012
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Garden expert Trisha Shirey of Lake Austin Spa Resort shares recipes from the herb garden. 

Herbal Scouring Powder

A gentle and fragrant way to clean in the kitchen and bath.

½ cup baking soda

½ cup borax powder

¼ dried herbs, ground in a mortar and pestle

(Suggested herbs: basil, bay laurel, chamomile, lavender, peppermint, spearmint, scented geraniums, thyme)

Art & Botany: Infographic Posters & Produce

September 06, 2012
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Engravings of rare orchids, paintings of fern varieties, photograveures of seeds—botanic art has long been characterized by an aesthetic that is accurate and precise. This week, Art & Botany features a modern sort of scientific illustration: the infographic. 

Photo by: Jason Dewey

An ugly frame does grave injustice to a work of art. And an overgrown, unwelcoming garden is no fitting frame for a home, especially one with the character of Annachiara Danieli’s cedar-shake, Hamptons-vernacular farmhouse, the oldest parts of which date back to 1770.

Gardening Advice: Windowsil Herb Garden

October 03, 2001
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Q: My windowsill herb and salad greens garden is infested with tiny bugs that lay white eggs on the undersides of the leaves. Insecticidal soap causes the leaves to turn brown and fall. Is there another herb-safe remedy? Paul Girard, Baltimore, Md.