Cooks realize that most recipes will require herbs and spices as ingredients to flavor dishes. Instead of relying on herbs and spices purchased from the grocery store, gardeners can grow, harvest, and preserve their own.
Herbs make a great addition to a garden, but they can also be grown indoors as year-round houseplants or just during the winter months to protect tender herbs such as rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) or basil (Ocimum basilicum).
Herbs are some of the easiest plants to grow because they tolerate a variety of soil types and have relatively few insect and disease pests.
Ideas from Garden in the Park. This fact sheet discusses the following topics: the bed, the design, shopping list, and useful tools.
Compost is a term for organic matter that has decomposed into a form that plants can use. Compost can be used in potting mixes or mixed in with garden soil. It has many benefits for your plants and recycles materials that may otherwise be thrown into landfills. Though composting bins are available for purchase, methods described in this fact sheet rely on materials from your garden, kitchen, and, if needed, a few items from your garden center.
Rhubarb (Rheum rhabarbarum) is an ideal edible plant for the home garden. The deliciously tart stalks can be expensive at the grocery store, but when grown as a herbaceous perennial, rhubarb is inexpensive, needs very little care, is bothered by few pests and diseases and is very long-lived.
Quality: Select only disease-free, preferably vine-ripened, firm fruit for canning. Do not can tomatoes from dead or frost-killed vines. Green tomatoes are more acidic than ripened fruit and can be canned safely with any of the following recommendations.
This fact sheet describes the history of this devastating disease as well as how to identify and manage late blight on tomatoes and potatoes in the home garden.
Courtesy of Penn State Extension Master Gardeners of Allegheny county. Include: Lavender shortbread, honey bee cookies, cinnamon basil & lime icebox cookies, and rhubarb cookies.
Find information and an application about how to certify your garden pollinator friendly.
link to a .pdf for conserving native bees
This publication includes information about plants that provide food for pollinators.
An overview of growing and using garlic including 6 recipes.
Listing of flower garden plants (and some choice woody plants) that are categorized by type of garden and resistance to deer.
The deer are coming, the deer are coming. . . and they are staying to dine on your landscape and garden plants. Find out how to co-exist with deer by planting what they least like to eat. Presented by Linda Wiles, Monroe County Cooperative Extension. Part of the wildlife damage series recorded webinars.
An article describing different ways to ward off deer.
Ohio State's guide to gardening in deer country.
An article by Sandy Feather on the common spring bulbs that are best to thwart deer.
Questions and Answers with Sandy Feather: How to protect your plants and property from rutting deer.
A look into the cost vs. benefits of various deer repellents commonly used by homeowners including cost per gallon.
Sandy Feather's article regarding the disease that is killing basil and what varieties are more resistant.
Information on control of nuisance animals.