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Fenugreek: The Forgotten Herb

By Jill Henderson - - Show Me Oz - -

Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum) is an ancient herb from the Legume family of plants, Fabaceae.  It is sometimes called Foenugreek, bird’s foot, Greek hayseed or goat’s horn.  Not…


Added by Jill H on June 5, 2012 at 7:30am — No Comments

Herbal Tea: Just Plain Good

Kersti Nebelsiek Wikimedia Commons By Jill Henderson - Show Me Oz

Mention the word tea, and most thoughts turn to a strong hot cup of Earl Gray or a tall glass of sweet iced pekoe. But these days tea is more than black—it is green, or herbal, or something akin to hot chocolate. Regardless of how you have thought of it in the past, one thing is certain: tea is medicinal. And now, with the…


Added by Jill H on May 10, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Pokeweed: Good Green or Toxic Weed?

B y Jill Henderson - - - Show Me Oz

Spring in the Ozarks wouldn’t be the same without gathering and preparing at least one pot of poke. At our house, this leafy perennial ranks right up there with other spring edibles such as asparagus. This week I was planning on writing an article on how to…


Added by Jill H on April 13, 2012 at 7:26am — 2 Comments

Essential Herbs: Lemon Balm

By Jill Henderson

Lemon balm is one of my favorite herbs for many reasons. To start, it is by far one of the easiest herbs to grow and it’s beautiful to look at, as well. I particularly like the way lemon balm attracts beneficial insects and butterflies to my garden. Occasionally, even the hummingbirds…


Added by Jill H on February 2, 2012 at 9:16am — No Comments

Moving Herbs Indoors

by Jill Henderson

Now that summer has come to an end and the cool sunny days of

fall are upon us, it is time to think about preparing the garden for a long…


Added by Jill H on September 27, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Keeping Herbs Fresh

By Jill Henderson

Fresh herbs are wonderful to have around the kitchen, but you can’t always use them all at once. In cases like this, it is easy to preserve their fresh-picked flavor either by keeping them in the refrigerator or by freezing them immediately. Herbs that are going to be used in the near term can be kept in the refrigerator for…


Added by Jill H on August 11, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Wild Walk: Monarda

There is nothing quite as enchanting as a chance encounter with a wild patch of flowering monarda. The electric colors of their shaggy, upright flowers light up the shady places they prefer; dazzling the unprepared eye. Once familiar with the sweet oregano-like scent of this delicately…


Added by Jill H on July 25, 2011 at 9:58am — No Comments

Harvesting Culinary Herbs: Part I

By Jill Henderson

Now that the weather has warmed and the cool chill of spring nights has faded into a sweet memory the herbs in the garden have exploded into a miniature jungle of green leaves and small, but lovely flowers.  Amid the…


Added by Jill H on June 28, 2011 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Harvesting Culinary Herbs: Part II

 By Jill Henderson

Harvest and storage methods are critical components of utilizing herbs or other plant material for culinary or medicinal purposes. Gathering, drying and storing herbs correctly can make a considerable difference in the quality and quantity of essential oils and other chemical constituents in the herb,…


Added by Jill H on June 21, 2011 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

MSU Plant Sale

I've added an event to the calendar for the plant sale at MSU's Karls Hall for this Thursday and Friday, open to anyone who wants to come and get some great plants for the garden! I've just received the updated (tentative) list of plants available:

Vegetables (Hybrids & Heirlooms)

Birdhouse Gourd


Broccoli 'deCicco'

Broccoli 'Green Sprouting Calabese'

Brussels Sprouts 'Catskill'

Cabbage 'Danish Roundhead'

Cabbage 'Ferry's Round…


Added by Cathleen Vought on May 2, 2011 at 2:16pm — No Comments

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