Lemon Balm - A Perennial
I have a question... lemon balm is allegedly expensive because of the low amount of volatile oils in the leaves. But, if you've ever grown it, you know that it's not a subtle fragrance if you brush up against it. If the oil content is so low, how come it puts off such a strong fragrance?
Matt not that this is really an answer or necessarily complete but the "fragrance" is also associated not only with oil content but also with volatility of the oil. Ex. is bay leaves ( laura nobilis) has probably a higher concentration than Lemon Balm but it's not as volatile so therefor our olfactory receptor sites do not pick up the fragrance due to less of the oil in nose than with Lemon Balm. If Bay has an oil content of 100, volatility of 10, and Balm is oil content of 30, yet volatility of 90 one will "smell"the Balm but not the Bay. Hope that makes sense.
Container Herb Gardening Tips Using Organic Potting Soil and Organic Mulch Video
Tips on why and how to container garden your herbs. Climate control using containers is possible because one can control the herbs that need shade versus sun or partial sun. With containers more different varieties of herbs can be grown in smaller spaces and organically. The herbs shown here are all from organic sources and grown in a certified organic farm coming from Non GMO stock available at the Wake Forest HerbFest. The HerbFest is now over 20 years old, with 16 consecutive years in Wake Forest, N.C. as of 2015.
Cardoon or Cardune Is Herb & Vegetable
Cardoon is known as a showplace focal plant in landscape design. Beautiful blue hair like artichoke type blossoms which can be dried and used as centerpiece in floral arrangements. Also an edible with the leaves and stalk being eaten. In Europe fields of this gorgeous plant can be seen. A perennial plant ( Zone 7 and below) , going dormant in winter, re-emerging in spring and self seeding. Often used as the center focal plant in many U.S. gardens. Available at Wake Forest HerbFest most years.
Organic, Local, Non GMO HerbFest Strawberry Plants
Toscany Strawberry Plants
Toscana, or Tuscany as it is widely known, is celebrated as the birthplace of the Italian renaissance. And it's in that spirit that we are offering an enlightened strawberry perfect for intimate dimensions. (Italy is also famous for fitting a lot of style into limited space.) Toscana produces attractive rose flowers and a luscious fruit in a plant perfectly sized for patios, balconies or smaller beds and gardens. 2011 Fleuro Star Award.
Rainbow Treasure Strawberries
Very show-super eye catcher in a large pot or basket! Rainbow Treasure is an ornamental edible with beautiful spring blooms of white, pink and rose, followed by juicy-sweet, scented berries. With a creeping habit, it makes a great groundcover but also looks beautiful when grown in containers on your deck. Biennial – 2 year life, comes back next year.
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