Dill gives bland foods a bunch of flavour: home pickled veggies, pan-fried fish, potato salad. The herb is a fairly forgiving plant once it gets out of the seedling phase. You want to place dill in full sunlight. Ideally, the soil should be somewhere in the 5.5-6.5 ph range, moist and well-drained. Dill plants can […]

Growing Chives in Canada

Chives are one of those herbs that springs up early and bounces back after each cutting. They can be substituted for garlic and onions (in marinades, roasted veggies, salad dressings, sour cream dip or cream cheese/butter spreads), but I find they’re mostly useful for freshly flavouring mashed and baked potatoes. Chives need little to no […]

Summertime Drinks: A Canadian Mint Julep

Whisky is a great drink. But whisky straight is best reserved for the fall and winter months to warm the soul. In the hot weather, sometimes a cocktail is more enjoyable. A mint julep is a simple classic cocktail that’s easy to make in the summer time: Find a mint plant. Mint is impossible to […]

Lemon balm

Lemon balm is a great starter herb since it’s unkillable, much like mint. I’d recommend planting it in less productive parts of your land (or in pots) and away from any other plants that might get crowded out. If the lemon balm spreads, just harvest it right away in the unwanted areas. The lemon balm […]

Herbs for Beginners: Mint, Lemonbalm, Basil, Parsley, Cilantro

Herbs are expensive to buy, often a dollar or two for a small bunch. You can cut that cost out with your garden path in the summer and indoor herb garden in the winter. Mint is one of the first herbs you should start planting: fast growing, essentially unkillable and has a few different uses. […]