Category Archives: All About Herbs

Information about herbs from Sue Baltes, owner of Herb-N-Garden at 170-B Worth Street, Asheboro, NC.

Tarragon’s many uses

Sue Baltes
Sue Baltes

Tarragon has been used in the Middle East since at least the 13th century. Arab physicians back then would have people chew on tarragon before administering unpleasant tasting medicines.
To see why, try chewing on a teaspoon of fresh tarragon leaves or a half teaspoon of dried ones. At first you’ll notice tarragon’s anise-camphor taste, but you’ll soon realize that your tongue has become slightly numb — the perfect state to not taste a bitter medicine.

Today, physicians and researchers have explored further into tarragon to discover that it contains rutin, which is believed to prevent cancer, as well as help regulate blood pressure levels. It is also a good source of potassium, which has been shown to prevent high blood pressure.

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Humans can eat catnip, too

HAVE YOU HAD YOUR CATNIP TODAY?  Cinderella allowed Sue Baltes to take her photo. Photo: Sue Baltes

It’s an old farm custom to plant catnip at the perimeter of a field of grain to keep the rats away. If you have catnip growing, cats will be there, and if cats are around, rats and mice will stay clear of the area.

When I heard this, I thought about us small garden folks and thought, “Should I plant catnip near my vegetable garden to lure cats?” Continue reading Humans can eat catnip, too

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Time for Dill … and Dilly Bread!

Sue Baltes
Sue Baltes

April has to be one of the most glorious months for us gardeners and plant lovers; keeping our eyes and ears out for the weatherman and hoping there are no more frosts after April 15.

Remember, the ground needs to be warm before planting in beds or in the ground to get a good root system going. Also remember, we can get those balmy 75-80 degrees days and still have those chilly nights that can harm tender young plants. Continue reading Time for Dill … and Dilly Bread!

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April’s here: get ready to plant

Sue Baltes
Sue Baltes

April showers bring May flowers and it is also the prime time for perennial herbs! These already established plants from last year will be popping up vigorously, and the lush new growth on the woody-stemmed herbs will warm your heart after each April shower. Now is the time to buy potted perennial herbs and place them in a protected area for a few days to adjust to their new environment. Plant them with the roots intact, disturbing the root systems as little as possible. Continue reading April’s here: get ready to plant

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Cozy Chamomile: Better Than Counting Sheep

Sue Baltes
Sue Baltes

Chamomile tea has been part of my life for as long as I can remember.

As a small child, my mother would give me a cup of tea after a long day to help calm me down when I was a little stressed out. Later, as I became a teenager, it was my drink of choice before a test in school. As I became a young adult and started my life in the workforce, this tea served to soothe anxieties of all sorts that seemed so uncontrollable at the time.

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Savory: Love potion or diarrhea treatment?

Sue Baltes
Sue Baltes

When deciding what to write about this week, I felt maybe some folks would like to hear about the herb that was chosen by the National Herb Society as the Herb of the Year for 2015.

It is one that is not very familiar to me, and I’ve actually not had one customer ask for it in the shop so far. That made me wonder: “What is so special about Savory that it would be chosen an Herb of the Year?” Continue reading Savory: Love potion or diarrhea treatment?

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Thyme in a bottle

Sue Baltes
Sue Baltes

A timeless beautiful song came to mind as I began writing my article for Asheboro Hub: ìTime in a Bottle.î Any of us who were around during that era can feel transported back to a simpler and easier time just by remembering that wonderful song.

The 1970s produced so many unbelievably talented musicians and song writers and that song was written by the late Jim Croce. Like so many, he was gone too soon. Jim died in a tragic plane crash at the age of 30 in September of 1973, but his song has remained frozen in time and has become one of the most beloved love songs ever written. Continue reading Thyme in a bottle

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