For centuries, herbs have added flavour to our food, colour to our landscapes and provided remedies for our ailments. Since the beginning of time, humans have learned, adapted and invented with herbs. Indeed, herb gardening is still one of the most natural and healthy ways to spend time.
Whether you’re growing herbs for culinary use, medical treatments or DIY projects, you can count on Sweet Valley Herbs. We’ll provide you with high quality, premium herbs and technical support to ensure you have the tools you need for a successful herb gardening experience!
The Ultimate Guide to Growing Herbs Indoors
Bring the outdoors in by growing herb plants in your home! You’ll have fresh flavour and fragrance at your fingertips, as well as the added beauty of living plant decor! Follow our helpful guide to growing herbs indoors and grow herbs like a pro on your windowsill, kitchen counter and even in your bedroom!
How to Start an Herb Garden
Herbs can share in any landscaping theme, from the simplest planting at the kitchen doorstep, to elaborate formal designs. Start an herb garden so you can enjoy beautiful fresh herbs in your own yard!
How to Grow and Harvest Basil
Basil is considered the king of herbs, and it is one of the most popular herbs for the home and garden. Learn how to grow basil and harvest it throughout the summer for use in your kitchen!
Rosemary officinalis is considered a triple threat herb for good reason! It’s ornamental, it’s fragrant, and most importantly, it is delicious! Sweet Valley carries several varieties and we’re here to explain the differences between them.
How To Dry Your Herbs
Herbs can be harvested and preserved for use throughout the year when fresh herbs are unavailable. We’ll explain how to dry your herbs so you can continue to use them in your cooking even during the winter.
Why is My Fennel Not Producing Bulbs?
If your fennel is not producing bulbs, the most likely reason is that you have the wrong variety. There are two types of fennel: leaf-producing and bulb-producing, and knowing your varieties can save you confusion later on.
Flat-Leaf Parsley and Curly Parsley: What’s The Difference?
Parsley is used by chefs around the world to add flavour and colour to a variety of cuisines and dishes. Learn the difference between flat-leaf parsley and curly parsley and how to best use them to their strengths in the kitchen.
Lemon Verbena – A Happy Sunny Herb
Lemon Verbena is considered the strongest lemon-scented herb and it’s a must have in your culinary herb garden. Its fresh scent is intoxicating and it’s delightful in teas and summer drinks or served with fish and chicken.
How to Grow Cilantro
Cilantro is a relatively easy herb to grow, but many gardeners find that it bolts and goes to seed quite quickly. Here are a couple of tips on how to grow cilantro so it lasts longer.
Growing Lavender in Containers
Lavender is a flowering plant that’s easily identified by its sweet floral scent. It’s often used in cosmetics, candles, as a stress reliever and even in cooking. Here’s what you need to know if you’re planning on growing lavender in containers.
Tips for Repotting Herbs
Whether in small containers from the garden centre or larger pots around the home, herbs will eventually need to be transplanted to allow them more space to grow. Here are some tips for repotting herbs around your home.
What is the Difference Between Genovese Basil and Nufar Basil?
Basil is a must have for the culinary herb garden. If you’re trying to tell the difference between Genovese Basil and Nufar Basil, here are some ways you can tell them apart and decide which variety is right for you.
Our Best Lavender Varieties
If you have never grown lavender, it is rather easy. Choose from one of our best lavender varieties and ensure it has well-drained soil and full sun. Then sit back and reap the rewards of this amazingly fragrant and beautiful herb!
How to Overwinter Rosemary
Rosemary is a perennial in many regions, but in the Maritimes, freezing winter temperatures will kill your plants. If you expected your rosemary to come back in the spring, but were disappointed, here’s some tips for how to overwinter rosemary.
When overwintering herbs, it’s important to leave enough growth to sustain your perennial herbs through the cold winter months. For tender herbs, consider bringing them inside to enjoy in cooking all year.
How to Dry Your Lavender
Learn how to dry your lavender to preserve its beauty and essence long after the growing season is over. This relaxing herb can be added to many body products, candles and potpourris for a calming scent throughout your home.
How to Harvest Herbs
Grow a home herb garden and harvest herbs all season long. Our simple guide to cutting herbs will help you enjoy their freshness and aroma in your cooking and DIY projects.
How to Freeze Herbs
The freshness and flavour of herbs can be preserved by freezing them. Here’s how to freeze herbs whole or chopped, so you have them on hand for cooking when fresh herbs are not available. The flavours of herbs can also be captured in herbal butters or vinegars.
Stevia, Sweeter than Sugar
Use Stevia as a healthy alternative to sugar! It’s known as the herb that is sweeter than sugar, and while it can be challenging to learn to cook with it, the health benefits of learning to do so are well worth the extra effort! Here’s a few tips on how to grow your own Stevia.
What is Vietnamese Coriander?
Vietnamese Coriander is one of those herbs that gives Vietnamese cuisine its unique flavour. It has a clear lemon taste with a hint of pepper. And contrary to its name, this herb never goes to seed – it just produces leaves that are excellent in salads, meat and soups.
Mint – Controlling an Invasive Specie
Every year we hear complaints about how mint is an invasive specie. But it’s too special an herb to write off completely! Here’s some ways you can manage the spread of this plant so you can get back to enjoying fresh mint in your cooking, desserts and drinks!
How to Store Fresh Herbs
Do you find that your fresh herbs from the grocery store are often less than fresh? They are usually days old by the time they are transported and stocked in the store, and have lost nutrients and flavour. Here’s some ways you can still store fresh herbs year round.