How to Grow Mint: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

Mint (Mentha spp). Mint is a perennial herb that is hardy to Zone 5 or lower. Mint is grown for its leaves, which are used to make mint teas as well as many cooked dishes. There are several different varieties,…

How to Grow Lemongrass: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

Lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus). The bulbous stems of this aromatic tropical grass are used often in Thai and Vietnamese cooking. Lemongrass cannot tolerate frost so it is either grown as an annual outdoors or in a container that can be moved…

How to Grow Lemon Balm: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis). Lemon balm is a perennial herb hardy to Zone 5. Grown for its lemon-scented leaves, lemon balm can be used fresh in salads and vinegars or dried to make teas. Cultivation: Lemon balm is easy to…

How to Grow French Tarragon: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

French tarragon (Artemisia dracunculus var ‘Sativa’). French tarragon is a strongly aromatic perennial herb, hardy to Zone 4, and a staple in French cuisine. The French variety (var. ‘Sativa’) is considered to have a better flavour than Russian Tarragon (Artemisia…

How to Grow French Sorrel: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

French Sorrel (Rumex scutatus). Sorrel is a short-lived perennial, hardy to Zone 4. Sorrel is grown for its tart, citrusy-flavoured leaves used raw in salads or cooked like spinach, and forms the basis of the famous French sorrel soup. Cultivation:…

How to Grow Fennel: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare). Fennel, like its close relative dill, is grown for its frond-like leaves, which are harvested and used fresh (especially in fish dishes) and for its seeds, which have many uses in the kitchen. All fennel varieties are…

How to Grow Dill: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

Dill (Anethum graveolens). Dill is an annual herb grown for its fine thread-like leaves (dill-weed) and for its seeds. Both leaves and seeds are used commonly in Scandinavian cooking. Depending on the variety, dill may grow to 120 centimetres tall.…

How to Grow Cilantro/Coriander: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

Cilantro/coriander (Coriandrum sativum). Cilantro is an annual leafy herb, growing up to 30 centimetres tall. Plants are also grown for their roots and seeds, which are commonly known as coriander. The leaves are frequently used in Latin cuisine and the…

How to Grow Chervil: A Toronto Master Gardeners Guide

Chervil (Anthriscus cerefolium). Chervil is a relatively hardy annual with a delicate anise flavour, indispensable in French fines herbes. Chervil is best used fresh or frozen and does not dry well. Cultivation: Sow chervil seeds in the garden or in…