Herb Growing Guide
Northern NJ USDA Plant Hardiness Is Zone 6

Growing your own herbs for the medicine cabinet can be tremendously rewarding and provide an important means to a life of self-sufficiency. Similarly, growing your own culinary herbs for use in the kitchen is a simple way to add pizzazz to your diet.

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Dandelion Growing
How To Grow And Harvest Dandelions
Most gardeners consider dandelions a weed and are looking for information on how to remove it from their garden. But, once you get to know a little more about this nutritious plant, you may find yourself also wondering how to grow and harvest dandelion plants for yourself.  

Why You Should Be Growing Dandelion Greens
While dandelions can be a nuisance in the lawn, they are also a surprising source of nutrients. Dandelion greens contain vitamin C, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, thiamin, riboflavin, beta carotene and fiber. It is also touted as being beneficial to your liver, kidneys, blood and digestion. Not to mention that it supposedly helps with acne, weight-loss, blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It is nearly a perfect food.  

How To Grow Dandelions
At a very basic level, you don’t need to do much to grow dandelions. Chances are there is a whole yard full of them near where you live, perhaps even right outside your door. But it is likely that the dandelion plants growing in your lawn are Common Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale subsp. vulgare). This is the most common variety of dandelion, but there are thousands of varieties and cultivars to be found around the world.  

Harvesting Dandelions
Dandelions can be harvested either as a “head” by removing the entire plant when mature (starting to flower) at harvest or as a leaf, which means that you would remove only some of the young leaves. Another benefit of growing dandelions is the fact that it is a perennial. Never harvest dandelions from a location that is near a road or has been treated with pesticides or other chemicals.