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Growing Garlic

We love growing garlic in our gardens. It adds some beauty, medicinal value, edible bulbs (as well as the scapes), plus it makes a great companion plant! Garlic has a strong, pungent smell, and many garden pests really don’t like it – thank you secondary metabolites! Plants that do better with garlic near or around …

Botany: Leaf Arrangement

Let’s continue our overview of some botanical basics. Last time I talked about leaf venation and this time I’m going to talk a little about leaf arrangement. Alternate: This is when you see a leaf on the left side of a stem, then a little bit up there’s a leaf on the right side of …

Botanical Names

Daisy, dandelion, viola, mullein; these are names that many of us are familiar with and use in everyday language! So what’s the big deal with learning botanical names that sound unfamiliar and are difficult to remember? Common names can cause confusion when communicating with others, especially when discussing edibility and medicinal qualities of an herb, …