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can be quite floppy without support. It prefers a light, dry to normal soil and is very easily grown from seed. It will also freely self-sow.


n Chamomile packs a big punch for its size and is a small perennial herb with small daisy like flowers and dark ferny foliage. It is beautiful when grown in pots or with other plants. It is a deter- rent to cabbage worms and also makes a good companion plant for onions and leeks. Chamomile’s anti-fungal property also helps to prevent the “damping off” of nearby plants in the garden.


n Cilantro is a member of the Parsley fam- ily. It is most often utilized in Mexican, Latin, Thai and Indian cuisine. There is no “in between” with cilantro—you either love it or hate it! Cilantro seed is known as the spice coriander and is used heavily in Indian cuisine. Both cilantro and coriander have strong anti-inflammatory properties.


n Dill is most often associated with Scandinavian fare. It makes an excellent culinary compliment for salmon and other fish, ribbon sliced sautéed zucchi- ni and cucumber salad. It is notoriously


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easy to grow from seed. It’s lovely color and striking chartreuse blooms makes it a striking standout in the garden, on the table or in a flower arrangement. Dill seed is also widely used in a variety of dishes like potato salad, coleslaw and is a major ingredient in Old Bay®


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n Fennel has one of the most distinc- tive flavors of all the culinary herbs. It was one of my favorites right out of my grandmother’s garden. It is easily grown from seed and will self-sow. This is one of the most memorable herbs in any garden for its lovely ferny aspara- gus like fronds and its delicate anise flavor. It is commonly used in liquors, candies and pastries.


n Garlic, Chives and Onions are known to repel rose beetles and act as a deter- rent for aphids. The ornamental varieties of onions are striking, particularly when planted in groups. Grow them liberally around your roses to keep aphids and other destroyers at bay! Allow some of your garlic, chives and onions to go to seed and you will be amazed at the lovely flowers they produce. Cut them and they will come again.


n Lavender is iconic in the South of France, where it permeates the coun- tryside of Provence. It can be easily propagated from cuttings to create low hedges. Lavender will thrive on a little bit of neglect and prefers a


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