All about Herbs

Kids Herb Garden: Teaching Responsibility To A Youngster

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

A kids herb garden is a great way to give with no previous exposure to gardening the opportunity to see how things grow. For a child who has grown up doing gardening chores, it’s a way to share the joy of planting and caring for a garden of their own. A child’s personal garden of herbs can be fun, yet provide rewards for work well done.

An herb garden can be as large as the child can manage or as small as a single pot or container. Your child will probably have best results with a garden plot approximately the size of a window box. If it is too large, you may find yourself having to do part of the garden care, since it’s too much for a child to deal with. A plot that is too small doesn’t give the child as much interest in taking care of the garden, since there can’t be more than a plant or two.

Your child can get started by being present when the garden containers are selected. This allows you to rein in over ambitious plans while maintaining a high level of interest in the project. You can choose a series of individual pots, one for each of the growing herbs to make it easier to get optimum watering and sunlight.

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.

What Type Of Herbs To Use In An Italian Herb Garden

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

Savory and potent herbs make Italian cuisine both tasty and famous. Nothing can compare to the fine seasonings found in Italian herb gardens. Open up the soul of the chef within you by growing Italian herbs.

Basil is a well know Italian herb and useful in many Italian recipes. Basil will not only add flavour to many Italian cuisines, it is useful in the garden to other plants. Planting basil next to your peppers and tomatoes will actually improve their flavour. Plus, basil will also repel flies and mosquitoes.

Parsley is a relatively hard herb plant to grow but it is useful in not only Italian dishes but many other types of cuisines. Many generations ago before there was breath mints it was found that eating fresh, raw parsley after a meal eradicated the bad breath left over from enjoying a flavourful cuisine. The tradition arose to serve parsley on a small dish after the meal. The tradition lives today by using parsley as a garnish on a variety of meals. Oregano is as decorative as it is flavourful. When it is fully mature it will sprout pretty little purple flowers. Oregano should not be harvested until it has flowered because this is when the plant is most flavourful.

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.

Hydroponic Growing Supplies for Herbs

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Working with high quality growing equipment and keeping a hydroponic system well maintained is essential for cultivating premium crops. In order to cultivate high quality flowers it is needed to provide them with premium food.

Soilless cultivation has proven to be a successful technique for growing many different kinds of plants but it only works if it is used in combination with good supplies. Of particular importance are the hydroponic minerals utilized to nourish the herbs and the choice of cultivation medium.

These two aspects are extremely critical and must be selected with the specific herbs being grown in mind. Maintenance supplies must also be used so that an appropriate growing environment can be kept up throughout growing.

Herbs receive the compounds they need to grow from nutrients found in the environment. To provide grow room crops with the nourishment they require various nutrients such as calcium and potassium must be supplied. Any number of nutrients can be mixed in different ratios to create ideal mineral solutions for any herbs.

Though certain hydroponics systems suspend a plants roots in solution there are many kinds that use an inert material to regulate nutrient delivery. Growing mediums can help nutrient solution get to a plants root system without drowning them and can provide a foundation for growth.

HERB GARDENING

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Herbs have been around since time immemorial and served different kinds of purposes. They have been used to treat illness and flavour cooking; they were even believed to have magical powers. Do you want to have your own herb garden? Here are a few ideas on how to establish an herb garden.

First thing first

Think which plants you would like to have. What is your chief interests. Do you want to replant each year or grow perennials and biennials.

How much space will they occupy in your garden? If you want, you can purchase a book that can give you the right information on what specific plants you are planning to grow.

List or draw your garden on paper first. Separate the annuals from the perennials so when the time comes that you have to pull out the annuals, you won’t be disturbing the perennials. Perennials can be planted on the edge of your garden so when it is time to till your garden they won’t be in danger of getting dug up.

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.

Quick Herb Garden Solution

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Are you looking for a Herb Garden Solution? Back in the ancient times of Egyptians and Chinese, herbs are already used in many households. There are different benefits in growing herbs that is why a lot of growers are convinced to nurture them. Herbs can be used to flavor food, for making potpourri, for medical purposes and for controlling pests in the garden. Herbs in different type can be used in different purposes. They can be planted inside the house in a container or directly in the garden soil.

As I have said herbs can be grown indoor or in the garden. An area of four by six feet is enough for a small family. Herbs have different types. There are those used for cooking known as culinary herbs, others are used for their fragrance and they are called aromatic herbs and some are used for decorations because of their beautiful flowers.

Herbs also have different varieties as I have mentioned earlier. They grow in annual, perennial, shrub and tree. In planting herbs you have to use a well-drained soil or use an organic material if your soil is heavy or compacted. Herbs need sunlight for them to grow. Other herbs grow best in a sunny location while others grow in a full shade. Herbs are not easily attack by insects because they have special skill to drive away insects.

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