How to Grow Spilanthes

How to Grow Spilanthes

Spilanthes acmella is an intriguing garden herb with unusual common names like buzz buttons, eyeball plant, and electric daisy. This herb is also known as Acmella oleoracea.  It’s actually very easy to grow Spilanthes and impress your friends and neighbors, and it’s a useful addition…

What I Learned from Growing 4 Delightful Types of Tulsi

What I Learned from Growing 4 Delightful Types of Tulsi

Growing tulsi can be a rewarding project for the home herbalist because this adaptogenic herb is easy to grow and yields abundantly.  It’s a beautiful plant as part of the landscape, and you’ll also be able to enjoy the incredible fragrance whenever you work in…

How to Plant Tea Bushes in a Fall Garden

How to Plant Tea Bushes in a Fall Garden

I ordered seven tea (Camelia sinensis) plants this past spring. It’s part of an experiment here at June Apple to see if white tea might be a viable crop for us. I thought it would be fun to share this particular work in progress because…

The Best Time to Harvest Yarrow

The Best Time to Harvest Yarrow

When is the best time to harvest yarrow? Like waiting on strawberries to be ripe, judging the best time to harvest yarrow means you’ll need to check your plants periodically and evaluate what stage they have reached. Here’s how to tell the best time to…

Tips and Tasks for Your Fall Herb Garden

Tips and Tasks for Your Fall Herb Garden

​Herb gardening is all about timing and cycles. We have a zone 7 garden, and late summer and fall can be a bit of a slump in terms of harvesting. Generally, herbs harvested for their leaves are best harvested right before blooming. If you have…

3 Adaptogens That Will Thrive in Your Herb Garden

3 Adaptogens That Will Thrive in Your Herb Garden

Adaptogens have a reputation as being exotic and difficult to procure, but there are actually several that are simple and rewarding to grow at home.  Jiaogulan, tulsi (aka holy basil), and eleuthero are three adaptogens that typically do very well in a home garden. Let’s…

Growing and Identifying Herbal Trees and Shrubs

Growing and Identifying Herbal Trees and Shrubs

Herbal trees and shrubs really stand out as being easy to grow once they are established and they make useful additions around your yard or homestead. Of course, trees and shrubs do require more planning to incorporate into your home landscape and they need more…

Five Versatile Herbs For Your Perennial Garden

Five Versatile Herbs For Your Perennial Garden

Perennial herbs are some of the easiest to grow because they will reliably appear in the garden year after year with very little upkeep. I’ve picked out five of my favorites to share with you today. Besides being hardy and versatile, these plants will grow…

5 Annual Herbs to Grow from Seed

5 Annual Herbs to Grow from Seed

 Annual herbs are herbs that complete their life cycle in only one year, unlike perennials plants that may live for years. They are usually easy to start from seeds and it’s also often easy to save seed without having to worry about any special techniques…

5 Herbs That Grow Almost Everywhere

5 Herbs That Grow Almost Everywhere

I always reserve a small corner of my garden for “weeds”. Not just any weeds, of course, but there are quite a few that I am always happy to see – things like violets, cleavers, plantain, dandelion, and nettles. Most of these will grow anywhere…