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Arbor Gate's Picks
of the Month


Texas Tarragon

Got a spot where you’d like to grow something hardy but edible? How about Texas tarragon, the South’s answer to the less hardy French tarragon. Texas tarragon (Tagetes lucida) is a tough... Read More >

Growing Hens and Chicks

The last year or so has seen a revival of interest in growing succulents in containers and garden beds. They come in a wide variety of shapes, making them fun to collect... Read More >

Which Basil is For You?

Chances are you want to grow fresh, flavorful basil in your garden this spring. But then you go down to your favorite garden shop (Arbor Gate, of course) and discover there are... Read More >

Fight That Cough with Herbs

New Year's Day brings the promise of a clean slate on our calendar. Three hundred sixty five day to fill with challenges, triumphs, and fun times with friends. Unfortunately New Year's Day... Read More >

Ann McCormick Herb 'n Cowgirl
My New Year’s Gardening Resolutions By Ann McCormick

On New Year's Day, I take some time alone to do a bit of thinking about my gardens. Last year was tough for my herbs. Certainly the weather was bad, but were... Read More >

Ann McCormick Herb 'n Cowgirl
My New Year’s Gardening Resolutions: Part 2 By Ann McCormick

As I wrote last month, I've made three resolutions for my 2007 garden. First, improve my watering habits. Second, find and use economical mulch. These two are fairly simple. But my third... Read More >

Ann McCormick Herb 'n Cowgirl
Roses in The Kitchen

By Ann McCormick We're all familiar with the luscious scent of roses, but what about the taste? You may never have cooked with essence of rose, but your great-great grandmother certainly did.... Read More >

Ann McCormick Herb 'n Cowgirl
Four Texas Native Herbs

By Ann McCormick Here in Texas we are surrounded by wide-open spaces filled with native herbs, whose fragrance, beauty, and utility make them worthy of cultivation. Let me introduce you to a... Read More >

Ann McCormick Herb 'n Cowgirl
The Delights of Scented Geraniums

By Ann McCormick Scented geraniums are a perfect match for American gardens. Their fragrant foliage comes in many scents: rose, lemon, apple, and more. As a bonus, the leaves are just as... Read More >

Ann McCormick Herb 'n Cowgirl
Salad Herbs

By Ann McCormick Ah, the delights of summer. Time for picnics, barbecues, and pool parties. To complement these outdoor activities, we naturally reach for salad. A bowl filled with crisp lettuce and... Read More >

Ann McCormick Herb 'n Cowgirl
When Basil Explodes

By Ann McCormick I can always spot a basil enthusiast. They're the ones in early spring you find at the checkout line with enough basil plants to start a small commercial farm.... Read More >

Ann McCormick Herb 'n Cowgirl
Lemon Balm Lemonade

By Ann McCormick Summer brings families outdoors in a big way. Our homes become alive with backyard barbecues, children running through the lawn sprinklers and everyone getting drinks from a pitcher of... Read More >