My journey as a gardener began because I fell in love with the aroma of an Herbes de Provence while on a vacation in France. So, in my early 20’s, I set out to grow my own ingredients to make that lovely mix at home.
Now, 20+ years later, I garden on about 1.5 acres. I grow hundreds of different plants for food, beauty, and ecological diversity. However, because herbs and spices literally and metaphorically opened the garden gate for me, I created this special page to share experiences with these life-changing plants with you.
I hope this information will connect you with all the fragrant, flavorful cultures around the world as you grow your garden and your gardening skills.
How to Grow Exotic Spices for Self-Sufficiency At Home
Harvesting, Preserving, and Propagating Spring Herbs
2-Minute-Super Simple Dried Herb Processing and Preservation Solution (on Pinterest)
How to Plan an All-Purpose Herb Garden
How to Create an Exotic Edible Landscape in Your Greenhouse
Seed Stratification: A Comprehensive Guide to This Seed Germination Trick
20 Easy-to-Grow Spices You Can Grow at Home
12 Underused Herbs Every Smart Gardener Should Know and Grow
Why You Should Have a Herb Spiral and How to Build It in 4 Steps
How to Propagate New Plants with Minimal Work Using Layering
Many Benefits of Mints and Their Surprising Versatility for Gardeners
Herbs and Spices by Plant
Annatto, Achiote, or Lipstick Tree
Cilantro and Coriander
Fenugreek: Growing Fenugreek: Plant Varieties, How-to Guide, Problems, and Harvesting
Garlic: Growing, Harvesting, and Curing Garlic (with video)
Ginger: Growing and Harvesting Ginger at Home (with video)
Gochu: How to Grow Gochu (Korean Chili Peppers) for Gochujang, Fermented Food Fight Over Kimchi
Horseradish: Growing Horseradish: How to Plant, Grow, and Harvest Horseradish
Mustard: Growing and Harvesting Mustard for Spice
Poppies: Growing Poppies for Decorative Seed Pods, Spice, and Beauty
Saffron: Growing, Harvesting, and Curing Saffron at Home (with video) and also Growing Saffron: A Complete Guide to Planting and Taking Care of Saffron at Home (on Morning Chores)
Sesame: The Secrets of Sesame (with video)
Plus… I also wrote a whole book on growing spices with help from herbalist Lindsey Feldpausch, RH and illustrator Greta Moore!