All about herb gardening

Starting Perennial Herbs Is Quicker Than You Know

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Growing perennial herbs is becoming a popular hobby. Imagine making culinary delights with fresh herbs. They make every meal delicious. Planning and creating a garden is a great way to provide your household with fresh herbs each year.

To begin with creating a perennial garden, one must do a quick search of the internet. Using a search engine is an easy way. Type in a term such as “perennial herbs” will bring about a huge list of options. Also there will be a list of seed companies that can help the gardener locate the type of plants they would like to grow. Many companies offer free seed catalogs to give the gardener the winter to decide what they would like to grow.

Once a decision has been made as to the types of plants you would like to grow in your garden, order the seeds. Start this process in the winter. Get peat pots or seed starters at your local hardware store. You may be able to find or locate these products at a do it yourself center during the winter season. Purchase some potting soil and get started. Plant your seeds indoors and keep them there until the danger of frost is past.

You Can Have Success Growing Herbs in Pots

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Growing herbs indoors is an excellent way to add to your herb garden. It is no more challenging to plant herbs in containers than it is to plant them out doors. They can also be grown indoors in sunny window boxes, hanging baskets or regular pots. Whether in or out doors, herbs need the same basic things.

All plants need three main things in order to grow successfully; sunlight, soil and water. Herbs are no exception. Sunlight is key to growing any type of plant including herbs whether they are grown indoors or in a garden. You should place herbs grown in a kitchen or other room in a south or west facing window to get the best kind of sunlight. Different types of herbs have different light requirements but, for the most part, all need a sunny location. Some home herb growers supplement the light source with “grow lamps” or fluorescent lamps.

What Herb Garden Plants Are Right For You

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

Just as other plants grow as annuals, biennials and perennials, herbs do as well. Each herb is a unique variety. Research about the herbs that interest you the most will let you give it the care it needs and use it to the best advantage. This is a basic article to give an understanding of the general differences in herbs and how they are used.

Annuals do not survive frost, but will need to be planted directly from seed or as a small plant, each spring. Herbs in this category are basil, cilantro and summer savory to name a few. Other herbs are perennial and will continue to return each year, even in colder temperatures. Examples of these are sage and summer savory. There are also biennial herbs like parsley and angelica, and caraway. In their first growing season they form leaves, the second season they have flowers and seed and after that they die. To plant these types, start them in the soil outside. First prepare the soil by raking it into a fine texture, sprinkle it lightly. Plant rows of seeds at a shallow depth, just firming the dirt over the top of them. Extra fine seeds can be mixed with sand and planted, thereby making them spread more evenly. Covering the garden bed with wet burlap or paper keeps the soil moist to encourage germination.

Herb Garden Tips: Creating An Home Herb Garden

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

Herbs are so beneficial. They can be very beautiful to look at. They taste great and can have medicinal properties that you may not quite understand yet. No body said it would be easy, like going to your local store to pick up your favourite herbs to add to your cooking is part of your shopping chores. To produce your very own herbs from your home herb garden gives you the pleasure and self achievement as well as knowing there are no pesticides or chemical used.

You will need to harvest your herbs before you can actually use them. You have to be very carefull when you pick them to get the most from your herbs. You don’t want to damage and strip them of their essential oils. Make sure the weather conditions are correct. A dry and calm day on a midsummer morning will give you the highest concentration of essential oils. Fewer oils are produced on wet or humid days so choose your harvesting wisely. Pick only a portion of your plant approximately a third, you need to leave some of the plant to help it grow again. Always check your herbs incase they are damaged or infested with insects.

Basil Herbs, The Undisputed Kings of The Kitchen

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

Basil herbs are royalty, meaning “King”the name originated from the Greek word basileus. But you new that. Rumour has it that, many years ago, the Romans & Greeks associated the word and the herb became somewhat malicious. And get this… some good citizens believed that the only way to get herbs to germinate was to scream a curse at them. This has since proved to be incorrect but it is difficult to argue against the fact that basil herbs are a ‘strongly perfumed’ if not too strong.

A bit further down the track, basil herbs represented of all things, love. The Italian stallions in Italy used to hand the girls a small bunch of basil to indicate their interest. In the food arena basil is mainly associated with Mediterranean style food as well as Italian & Thai dishes. But… what would you say if I told you this herb came from India, I thought so, gob smacked? Yep, Vishnu & Krishna ate it at every opportunity.

Getting Your Basil to Grow

In some temperate regions, basil is often used as an annual and in tropical areas, it’s sometimes grown as a perenial. Wherever it’s growing, basil is quite sensitive to temperature and it grows better in warmer climates with lots of sunlight.

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