herbs

Easily Grow Your Herbs Indoors

Guest writer: Palti Shipard Herbs are the leaves and flowers of low-growing woody plants that do not have a trunk, that have stems growing from the base. Examples of herbs are licorice, parsley, chives, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, oregano, dill and celery. Herbs can be used for a wide range of purposes ranging from culinary, medicinal, perfumery and other needs. Many herbs grow low and are aromatic, which can be dried or used to flavor foods. It...

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Sticky: Herbal kitchen Garden Contest Rules

Herbs are one of the easiest gardens to grow and perfect for the new gardener. They are not bothered by insects as much as many plants and once established seem to take take of themselves. They are also perfect for the seasoned gardener.  After all with all those fresh vegetables you need fresh spices to compliment harvest. The following are the rules for the September Herbal Kitchen Garden Contest Win a Herbal Kitchen Garden Contest...

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Herbal Kitchen Garden

A kitchen garden brightens any home, is easy to set up and has many benefits – especially for seasoning those family recipes. The Gardener’s Rake is hosting an Herbal Kitchen Garden contest with Hometown Seeds supplying a wonderful prize of an “Herbal Kitchen Garden” This Kitchen garden seed set up will supply you with many of the most popular herbs used in cooking and homes. *** The contest will last until Saturday, September 11. During...

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Harvesting and freezing herbs

Growing herbs add to any garden and landscape. They have beauty that add to any garden and also provide uses for crafting, culinary and medicinal care. Herbs have a wide harvesting season. It will depend on your climate and herb variety that you are growing. Here are a few harvesting tips that will help you get the best results from your herbs Harvest fresh herbs early in the morning. This is when the oil concentration is at its peak. Unless you...

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Herbs for Natural Insect Control

Living close to a creek and seeing the results of insecticides and pollutants from the road and erosion has only strengthened my appreciation for natural remedies for pest control in the gardens and backyard. Our wet summer has also caused a serious mosquito problem, so I have been mixing up my own ointments to ward off these insects. Herbs such as basil, catnip, lemon balm, rosemary and rose geraniums are a few of the plants that have...

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How to Dry Herbs Successfully

There are several ways to store herb that you have grown in your garden. Freezing and drying are the most popular forms of storage. I dry most of my herbs. I like the look and the smell of the barn when I have the herbs hanging while drying. My barn works the best for me for drying as its dry and dark. Many people use a dark closet or even an herb drying cabinet. And with modern advance the microwave will also dry herbs. Some question if the...

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