This is a bush in by yard. It has a very strong smell & beautiful yellow flowers. I'd like to research it & find the best ways to consume it. I hope some one can identify it. Here's the link to a picture of it: http://www.box.net/shared/seldzkabna
That appears to be rue. It is not a culinary herb but rather a medicinal one. I would not eat it as it can have serious side effects.
I planted a rue herb plant to help deter Japanese beetles. Seems to be working but now something is eating its leaves, leaving only the stem. Can you give me any clues?
Chances are that it is slugs. They only come out at night and will typically strip a plant of its leaves. This article will help:
How long does it take to grow rue?
We sow rue seeds in mid January to sell in 4 1/2" pots at May 1. The seed are put in a germinating mix and placed on bottom heat, kept barely moist and in bright light (greenhouse). When the seed have germinated (1-4 weeks), we remove from the heat bed and let them get 2 sets of "real" leaves before transplanting into small cells/pots, about 2-2 12". We use a commercial soilless mix. And when the roots have filled that container, we bump them into a 4 1/2" for sale. DO NOT keep rue moist, rue does not tolerate overwatering. Let the plants get a little dry before watering. Once established in the ground, they may not need additional water except in drought. A January seedling usually grows to appx. 12-15" by early July.
What is Rue and could you send a photo of it?
This article will help you and also has a picture of rue: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/rue/growing-rue-herb.htm
All the rue I have has gone a nasty brown. Should I cut out the brown bits and let the green bits grow? It has been there for several years and usually gives no trouble. Would it like some compost/manure? Thank you very much for your help.
Yes, you can cut off the dead or brown growth to allow the new growth to come through. This article will also help with growing rue plants: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/rue/growing-rue-herb.htm
When does the Rue herb/flower bloom/grow? During what season?
The plants usually blooms in mid-summer. Here is more information about rue plants: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/rue/growing-rue-herb.htm
I have an "eye sore" area on a hillside away from my house that I plan to plant rue on. Should I be aware of any unforeseen issues?
Rue should be ok. It is considered to be on the list that deer will eat only if there's nothing better. This article has info on growing rue: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/edible/herbs/rue/growing-rue-herb.htm