Plant ginger indoors from store

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Plant ginger indoors from store-bought nursery pot. Allow to set up roots.

**Tip:** Do not be tempted to use larger pot than purchased. Ginger requires deep potting and is vulnerable to overwatering.

**Planting:** When roots are well established and top half of stem has died back to wood, cut it back to about 2 inches, then dig plant out and replant in new pot. It is now ready for repotting.

Ginger can grow large in a sunny area, but is best kept in a shady area. Plant in spring as soon as weather warms.

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## _Hibiscus_

Hibiscus is often used as an accent plant for gardens and patios, and its flowers look fantastic when interspersed among other plants. Many hibiscus species have pink flowers, but hibiscus is the name of the genus, and the most common variety is _H. sabdariffa_. The flowers are so large that many people don't realize the plant is in the rose family, making the common name of "hibiscus" very apt.


Hibiscus can be grown from a plug or from cuttings taken in late winter, but the biggest advantage is that they are readily available in stores as seedlings.

**How to grow:** They do best in well-drained soil with occasional water and grow in full sun or light shade. They do not transplant well, and in my experience will not bloom until the third year.

**Planting:** Hibiscus likes to be started in spring as seedlings, but plants can be purchased and grown in early summer. I have noticed that hibiscus leaves appear to wilt when they receive too much water, so do not let the roots dry out in summer.

## _**Lavender**_

Lavender is a common garden plant, so it is likely you will find a plant already in your garden. It is a popular shade plant for adding fragrance to your garden, but in most parts of the country it needs to be planted in full sun to bloom well. The plant has a very long blooming period, extending from late spring until frost, so it is a great plant to have as part of your perennial garden.


Lavender can be started from seed in spring or from potting mix as a rooted cutting. It is best planted in spring in the center of the garden, but it can also be moved in fall and replanted.

**How to grow:** This hardy, perennial plant prefers full sun, but will adapt to partial shade. Plants in very hot climates or in places where there is a lot of shade may require winter pruning. Plants should be cut back every spring to about 1 inch above ground level to control growth. If the foliage is becoming leggy, pinch out the tips of the new growth. Lavender also needs some supplemental water in summer. Soil should be kept consistently moist but never soggy.

As a child I spent many hours tending my mother's lavender bushes. My mother, a great gardener, never watered lavender, but instead simply encouraged them to spread. As they grew, they were allowed to spread across the hills in our yard. Over the years, I have had my own patch of lavender bushes, and they are one of my favorite fragrant plants.

**How to use:** Lavender is commonly used to add a fragrant scent to your laundry, as an attractive cut flower, and as a spice. Both the leaves and the flowers are used to make a fragrant oil.

### **_Heal-All_**

The leaves and the flowers of this species of echinacea are used in herbal medicine.

**Preparation tip:** Both the leaves and the flowers of this herb have a strong antibacterial effect. To make an infusion, steep the leaves and flowers in cool water overnight. Strain before using the tea.

**How to grow:** This herb can be grown in either full sun or in partial shade.

**How to use:** A tea of the leaves and flowers will help soothe many cold-related symptoms and can be used as a cold remedy. The best time to take echinacea is during the winter.

The herb has been used to support immunity, treat diarrhea, and soothe many cold symptoms. In Europe it is used as a blood builder and to treat anemia. For the most part, it has been used as a tonic, supporting general wellness and immune function.

Called _echinacea purpurea_ , this species of echinacea comes from the wild in many different places. It is easy to grow from seed. You can also find it wild, especially in the Rocky Mountains.

### **_Hawthorn_** **_(Crataegus)_**

Hawthorn is a perennial woody vine that will reach 3 to 5 feet high and will sprawl in such a way that it covers your entire yard. Hawthorn leaves can be used like a green and tasty leafy salad. Hawthorn berries can be added to your pie or a fruit salad.

**Preparation tip:** The leaves can be dried and used as a spice or as a tea. Make your own dried leaves by taking the leaves and hanging them upside down. Change the leaves every few weeks.

The bark can be used as a tea or as an herbal tincture.

**How to grow:** You can grow it from seed or plant a small cutting. Hawthorn is easily confused with the deadly poison ivy. It grows well in full sun and a good amount of water. It does need plenty of water. It's a great choice for a low-maintenance plant in your landscape.

**Caution:** This plant can be toxic if taken in large quantities. Don't use it to treat a fever that is worse than 104 degrees.

The leaves can be toxic. Read the label on the product you buy.

**Food:** This plant is often considered to be a blood purifier. Some people see its benefits as beneficial to their overall health.

**Traditional uses:** Hawthorn is used medicinally to treat various blood disorders, including blood-related diseases such as anemia and malaria. It is also used to boost the immune system and to treat skin ailments. Hawthorn is a blood purifier.

**Modern uses:** It is widely used as an astringent, an expectorant, and a general tonic. Hawthorn helps to regulate the balance of your hormones. It also helps to treat certain types of cancer, including breast, colon, ovarian, and prostate cancers.

**Safety first:** Hawthorn is considered a generally safe herb. However, if you have any issues with blood thinners or other medications, you should avoid it.

This plant is extremely beneficial for the skin. It improves the health of the skin and reduces the appearance of wrinkles.

Hawthorn tea

### Burdock _,_ Arctium lappa

**Family:** Asteraceae (Aster Family)

**Categories:** Herbs, Bitters, Vegetables

**Perennial grown as:** Bulb

**Seed or plant:** Bulbs

**Growing instructions:** Plant your bulbs in autumn and early spring.

**Amount to plant:

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