Chayote, Sechium edule

Chayote is also known as the Vegetable Pear and the Mirliton. This vegetable is a member of the cucurbit family, which means it is a type of squash. It is probably the strangest looking squash you will find in your grocery store.Chayote

The fruit is light green in color and pear shaped. The fruit is produced on vigorous growing vines that are cold sensitive.

To grow your own chayote, Continue reading

All About Basil

Ocimum basilicum  includes

A few of the more common varieties are outlined here. We will get into more detail later.Sweet Basil

Sweet basil
This is your basic basil, with large leaves and white flowers. The Genovese variety (names include ‘Sweet Genovese’ and ‘Genovese’ or ‘Genova Profumitissima’) is particularly nice, with a very pleasing flavor preferred for pestos. I’ve also found it a vigorous, luxuriant grower, slow to bolt. The leaves on those I’ve grown tend to be a bit larger than common sweet basil, which means you need fewer leaves for that batch of pesto!

Lettuce leaf, O. b. crispum
A short, wide plant with thick, very crinkled leaves; Continue reading

Update on West Coast Inspection

Brier Ridge Farm Fresh Herbs got an visit from the inspector Friday June 6th. The inspector took some soil samples from a lot of individual plants for a nematode inspection. The soil samples will be brought up to the Florida Plant Inspections in Gainesville. Since we use potted soil, it is highly unlikely that we would have nematodes. My grandma (owner of and Brier Ridge) signed BUNCHES of papers for shipping to TX, MISS, OR, CA and many other states! We were the ONLY herb garden that this inspector had ever seen so we are special by a first see. I’ll keep you updated and the TRIP TO CINCINNATI blog will be updated. 🙂

Trip to Cincinnati- Twin Oaks RV Park Elko, GA

I’m here at Twin Oaks RV Park in GA. I found some plants in this RV Park that I never seen in SWFL. The plant of the state I’m going to explain is the Spinning Primrose.
The Spinning Primrose spins in the evening. It is native to Persia that was brought here to North America and now plants here in Georgia. Spinning Primrose is yellow and makes a nice bush as I’m parked near it. This will be it with Day 1 of the Trip of Cincinnati, OH.


spins in the evening. From

Spinning Primrose








West Coast Inspection

Brier Ridge Farm Fresh Herbs is FINALLY getting an inspection to ship to the US West Coast. These states includes California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona, Texas and so MUCH states! If we pass this inspection, all you people will get FARM FRESH HERBS! I’ll keep you posted on the Inspection to the West Coast 🙂

(This does not add Alaska and Hawaii)

Plumbago-Plumbago auriculata

Plumbago – Plumbago auriculata

Today was a busy day. We mulched the front yard and my dad trimmed this awesome looking color called Plumago. I was doing research and I found out this flower is native to Southern Africa and this surprised me, seeing that it was in that part of the world

Plumbago is poisonous but that doesn’t matter, as this plant looks so nice and beautiful that you can put that in the front yard and it will look beautiful. So my dad made cuttings of this plant. Trimming up this plant made almost 140 cuttings because it was bushy.

Plumbago’s brother is called Wild Leadwort.

This plant cost $110.00 at Classy Groundcovers but here at Brier Ridge Farm Fresh Herbs, we sell them in 1-gallon pots. It costs about $5 (gallon size) when we have our yard sales. So, which your you prefer,  a $110 plant from someone you don’t know or a $5 for a gallon, plant grown locally here in beautiful Punta Gorda, Southwest Florida. You CAN grow it!


Plumbago in blue and in bloom. Picture provited by Punta Gorda Daily Photo

Epazote, Chenopodium ambrosioides

You know how sometimes, when you’re genuinely trying to find information on something via Google, you end up wandering off the trail and manage to find something unexpected? Well, that happened to me this morning.

Epazote, Chenapodium ambrosioides

Epazote, used to season some Mexican foods

I found epazote!

Okay, to explain:

Last summer, our Haitian friend Chewan visited and collected some moringa shoots and leaves. He’s always excited when he discovers something “from home” around here. Sometimes we have very different uses for the same plant and so it becomes a learning experience for both of us.

That particular day, he spied a bushy plant that I was planning to dig out Continue reading

Gardening Hydroponically

I’m always on the lookout for new gardening ideas. And so, I’m a member of Home Depot’s Garden Club. Yeah, that’s a “big box” store and we normally steer clear of them, but let’s face it: they come up with good ideas and sometimes there’s just no other place around to get garden supplies or an emergency plant.

Today, when I opened my email, I received one from the Garden Club that contained an interesting indoor decorating video. As I followed that link, I found this video about hydroponic gardening. It just doesn’t get much easier than gardening hydroponically. You set up a kit that looks pretty simple to build yourself, plant your herbs or whatever in soiless pots and feed with a liquid nutrient. That’s it. You quickly have pots of herbs right inside your house, garage, or basement because there’s no mess to worry about.

I haven’t actually tried this yet but it looks pretty simple. If you get to it before I do, please share your experience and let us know how it goes for you.