Grow Your Own Herb Garden

Grow Your Own Herb Garden

This ebook guide is the best way to teach you how to never buy herbs again. You don't need to buy herbs from the store when you have the ability to grow your own food. You can grow Rosemary to give a gentle seasoning a fragrance. You can grow Oregano to make a wonderful Italian food; you can have a bed of Lemon Balm to make a wonderful tea. You can grow mint to use as seasoning or a lovely scent for your house. Herbs that you grow can be used for seasoning, healing, or to give your house a naturally based fragrance that can only come from beautiful herbs. You will learn 3 herb-growing secrets that almost no one knows, and how to harvest herbs in a way that most people will never tell you. You can start growing amazing herbs that will help you with all sorts of health problems and make delicious food! Continue reading...

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Grow Herbs at Home

This ebook guide teaches you how to grow herbs in your own garden, without needing any previous gardening experience. This ebook also teaches you everything that you could possibly need to know about different methods of growing herbs; how to give special care to the ones that need it, how often to water certain varieties, and the best time to harvest different herbs. You will also learn all of the special characteristics of different herbs so that you will know how to recognize what is normal for different species. You will learn how to cultivate herbs that will grow ALL YEAR LONG, no matter what the weather. This ebook guide is more than just a manual on how to grow herbs; it is a guide to understand the insides and outsides of herbs and how to make sure that you have the very best garden of anyone that you know!

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Harvesting Fresh herbs

There's nothing like the luxury of knowing that you have a supply of fresh herbs growing just steps away from the kitchen Because nothing beats the flavor of just-picked herbs, the best time to harvest herbs is when you need them However, if it's more convenient to plan ahead, early in the day is the best time for harvesting. Head out to the garden with sharp scissors or clippers just after the morning dew has evaporated. To prepare fresh herbs for cooking, snip the leaves from the stalk with scissors, allowing the leaves to fall onto a cutting board. Then mince the leaves with a sharp knife. You can also roll a small handful of the herb into a ball and use sharp scissors to cut the herbs into fine pieces. You can use a food processor to chop large amounts of herbs, but if you try this method, take care not to over-process the herbs or you'll end up with green mush, You can use fresh herbs in place of dried herbs in any recipe. Simply increase the amount of dried herb that's called...

Adding Spice to Your Garden Growing Herbs

Growing and cultivating herbs Bringing in the harvest Gardeners grow many herbs for their foliage, which is often deliciously scented people value others for their edible flowers, seeds, or roots. A lot of herbs are a boon in the kitchen, adding exciting new dimensions to all sorts of recipes. Still others are reputed to have healthful or healing properties. The uses of the various herbs are too many and too detailed for the scope of this book, so please pick up Herb Gardening For Dummies and Herbal Remedies For Dummies (Wiley Publishing, Inc.) if you want more information about these fascinating plants. Even with that broad definition, the majority of herbs have common growing conditions and harvesting techniques. Herbs are usually very easy to find look for them where you buy your annuals and perennials or perhaps you have some friends, relatives, or neighbors who won't mind your taking some herbs from their yards and planting them in your own. And here's some good news Herbs are...

Wholesaling organic freshcut herbs

Some enterprising growers integrate greenhouse production with retail sales, services, entertainment, and community participation. For more information on rural tourism and farm profiles, see the ATTRA publications Entertainment Farming and Agri-tourism and Lavender Production, Products, Markets, and Entertainment Farming. Also see herb farms participating in the Jersey Fresh Program at www.state.nj.us jerseyfresh index.html.

Planting Herbs A Lesson in Adaptation

When you're planting your herbs, there are no hard or fast rules, folks Herbs are wonderfully versatile and flexible, and as I tell you at the beginning of the chapter, herbs come in a huge variety of annual and perennial types of plants. The main thing to do is to pay attention to the type of herb you're trying to plant Is it an annual A perennial Fast growing Slow growing Is it an invasive plant, like mint, or does it get along well with other plants These considerations are important before you start adding herbs to your garden and probably even before you acquire the herbs themselves Do you research beforehand Ask your gardening friends or the staff at the local nursery, or consult Herb Gardening For Dummies, to find out more about the growing habits of certain herbs.

Growing Your Herbs

As with any other plant it is essential that the right growing conditions are available for your herbs, to ensure that they are vigorous and healthy. Generally speaking, most species of herb prefer well drained soils in a sunny and sheltered spot, perhaps along a wall or fence. However some herbs may have more specific requirements and it is always advisable to check the particular conditions preferred by each herb prior to planting them out. When creating a herb garden or planting them into a bed, it is important to consider the height that plants will eventually reach. Taller herbs, such as dill and lovage should be planted to the back of the bed, medium sized herbs to the middle, and the shorter herbs and those that provide ground cover should be positioned to the front. Herbs such as thyme and oregano are good ground covering plants and can be used to form a carpet of plants. Do not plant herbs too close together as many are spreading plants and need room to grow. Check seed...

Drying Herbs

You can dry herbs throughout the growing season as time allows. For best results, harvest them on a sunny day during a dry spell, and wait until the morning dew-has evaporated before harvesting. It evening is the best time lor you, harvest before the dew forms again. Harvest the herbs with scissors as described on page 191, and shake off any surface dirt. Then cover the cuttings with a towel as you work to protect them from shriveling in the burning sun. To hang-dry herbs, first lay stalks on a counter and sort by size. Bunch four or five stem ends together and fasten tightly with wet twine, mbber bands, or twist-ties. Hang the herbs out of direct sunlight in a dry area with good air circulation. You can string a clothesline in an unused room of your home and use clothespins to secure bunches of herbs to the line 11 there is no available space out of direct sunlight, put the herbs in paper bags with the stem ends coming out of the top of the bag. Cut several holes in the bags to allow...

Herb Gardens

Herbalist Monk

The textual sources on Byzantine monasteries contain only the scantiest of allusions (and those indirect) to medicinal herb gardens, such as are familiar to devotees of Brother Cadfael, the twelfth-century Welsh herbalist detective created by Ellis Peters. Even so, I would argue that most Byzantine monasteries must have grown herbs for medicinal and culinary purposes, despite the virtual lack of hard evidence.54 I draw this conclusion from the following facts Byzantine monastic complexes often included infirmaries and hospitals, both for their own religious and for laypeople the hospitals employed pharmacists, who prepared the herbal remedies that were staples of both traditional Greco-Roman and popular medical practice 55 the aromatic herbs used in cooking and the preparation of hot drinks 54 One must assume that herb gardens were in fact so common that there was no need to mention them. Still it seems curious that there is no discussion of the cultivation of such gardens in monastic...

Growing Herbs

How and where you choose to grow herbs is limited only by your imagination and, of course, by the needs and characteristics of the plants themselves. Most herb plants aren't too fussy about the soil they grow in as long as it's well drained. (If you're growing herbs simply for their ornamental flowers or foliage, give them fertile garden soil. Herbs grown for fragrance and flavor, however, are more pungent if they're grown in less fertile soil, so go easy on the fertilizer.) Crafts Herbs give color, structure, and fragrance to dried wreaths, arrangements, and other crafts. Some herbs lend their colors to fabrics and paints.

Procedure for Exercise C

Select three different herbs for your herb garden. 15. Quickly repot the cuttings in soil, and continue watering at least once a week. Wotr. Depending on the growing conditions in your laboratory, it may be necessary to water more frequently. Your instructor will provide guidance on this.) These plants can be used again for Laboratory Topic 17, and at the end of die semester, you will be allowed to take home the remaining plants in your herb garden.

The Pleasures of Herbs

Herbs may be the most versatile plants on earth. Of course, they're unsurpassed for spicing up virtually any dish, but herbs offer much more than seasoning. The seeds, leaves, and even roots of culinary herb plants are power-packed ingredients outside the kitchen, too. Hard-working herbs can be used as natural cleansers and disinfectants. Some herbs can brighten a room with their scent. Others add natural beauty to crafts and gifts. Part of the appeal of herbs is their intense fragrance and flavor. In many of the formulas in this chapter, a spoonful or two of concentrated herb oil is all that's required. You'll find a rich choice of formulas that will help you get the most from your herb garden. But before you can use them to their best potential, you need to know how to harvest and store herbs

Helping herbs find their place in the world

When you're deciding where to plant your herbs, just remember that most herbs like plentiful sunshine and appreciate well-draining ground (as opposed to very dry or very soggy sites). Read on for your placement options. If you're considering planting your herbs in an already-existing garden, here are two options Herbs mingling with flowers This type of planting works best for herbs with pretty flowers of their own, as well as ones that can contribute attractive foliage. Imagine not just how pretty the flower bed will be but also the intriguing homegrown bouquets you can assemble if you widen your palette to include some herbs. Favorite choices include sage (including the kinds with colorful leaves), dill, mint, basil (especially the purple-leaved kind), artemisia, and borage. For info on growing annuals, flip to Chapter 6 Chapter 7 discusses perennials. Creating an herb garden For many gardeners, the best solution for growing herbs is just to put them all in their own garden. Follow...

Introduction to herbs used in this pack

One of the joys of growing herbs is that everyone can do it. The majority of herbs are fairly easy to grow, and if you don't have a garden, they can be grown in pots and window boxes. They can also be grown in troughs or growbags where there is a patio or balcony, and for those with a garden, they can be planted within existing flower beds, or in a specially created herb garden or bed. Ten herbs have been specially selected and highlighted for use with this pack. These have been chosen as they are relatively easy to bring on from seed, but why not experiment and choose some more herb seeds to grow and use. Rosemary is more difficult to cultivate from seed and so it may be advisable to buy a small plant from a garden centre or nursery. The latin names of the following herbs have been inserted in brackets

Toothing fleaBite [Aash

To soothe your pet's flea-bitten skinr swab on this herbal infusion created by Maine herbalist Deb Soule of Avena Botanicals, author of The Roots of Healing A Woman's Book of Herbs. Because this formula calls for dried herbs, the mix can be stored for long-term use. If you use fresh herbs, triple the amount of each.

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Mariam recommends using dried or wilted herbs when making an infused oil to reduce excess moisture. To wilt fresh herbs, dry them on a screen or between newspaper for a day or two, as shown on page 232. In the summer months, Mariam saves time and energy by using the sun to infuse the oil Simply pour the oil over the herbs and let it sit outside for two weeks. There's no need to heat the oil first.

Getting the timing right

When you plant your herbs really depends on the plant, but you can't go wrong planting herbs the same way you plant vegetable seedlings that is, plant them out in the garden after all danger of frost is past (see Chapter 13 for info on vegetable gardening). The reason this strategy works for most herbs is that a lot of them aren't especially cold-tolerant. This technique also gets them in the ground under encouraging conditions warm soil, warm air, and a good summer stretching out ahead of them. They should surge right into robust growth. Obviously, if your climate is fairly mild (as in the South and Southwest, the Gulf Coast, and most of California), you can plant herbs earlier in the year than, say, someone in New England or the upper Midwest, who's better off waiting until Memorial Day or so. Avoid planting herbs even if you spot plants for sale somewhere at a bargain price in the heat of summer. Planting then stresses out even dryland natives like oregano and lavender. Also,...

A basic text for beginning greenhouse growers

Sandie Shores' Growing and Selling Fresh-Cut Herbs (8), based on the fresh-cut herb business she began and operated for 20 years in southern Minnesota, can serve as a manual for inexperienced greenhouse herb growers. The first part of her book deals with the business side of growing herbs and includes information on things like business laws, financing, insurance, finding markets (wholesale, restaurant, supermarket, farmers' market, etc.), managing employees, and pricing. Part Two discusses greenhouse planning and operation including information on the various types, how to choose one, how to erect one, and what equipment will be necessary (heating, cooling, lighting, fans, benches, irrigation, etc.).

Fitting herbs into your garden

You can fit herbs into your garden and landscape in myriad ways. Tuck herbs into your flower garden, plant them among your vegetables, or give them a special garden of their own. Take advantage of their flowers or leaves to add spark to container gardens and window boxes. Use creeping kinds between paving stones, or allow them to trail over retaining walls. Even if you're challenged for space, you can grow some herbs on a sunny windowsill as houseplants. If you need a few ideas on how and where to grow herbs, here's a list for inspiration Herb garden Take a herbs-only approach and design an intricately patterned garden. A typical arrangement consists of a geometric border of tidy, compact plants such as basil or lavender surrounding groups of herbs with contrasting foliage colors and textures. Vegetable garden Some herbs make natural companions for vegetable plants. Basil, for example, is said to improve tomatoes, whereas dill and cabbage complement each other.

Approaching your prospective customers

Now that you have a great product, nice package and an idea of what is important, here is what to do and say. Start off with the smallest store you can find, the smaller the better since the chances that the person you encounter will be an owner or someone who is in charge is much higher and if they express a sincere interest, you can realistically supply a smaller operation alot easier than a large market. Start small but always think big. You will want to speak to the owner or buyer so identify who they are and approach them by simply introducing yourself with your name and telling them that you would like just a moment of their time to discuss your gourmet produce. You will certainly have a sample with you (freshly chilled from your cooler ) so have it in hand and get it into his hers as soon as you introduce yourself. by putting the product directly in front of the customer, you can let your product do most of the talking, especially if you are a little nervous at first. Explain...

Putting herbs in their place How to plant

Planting herbs is as easy as 1-2-3 and really isn't much different from planting an annual or perennial. When planting a new herb in a garden, just follow these basic steps (if you need tips on preparing the garden beforehand, see Chapter 4) Planting herbs in a container is a bit different from planting in a garden. Follow these steps 3. Eject the herb seedling from the pot you bought it in, place it in, and water it. Containers, particularly clay pots, tend to dry out quickly, especially when placed in the sunny spots that herbs like. Although many herbs are tough customers and drought-tolerant, subjecting them to extreme cycles of drought and drenching causes stress. Don't neglect your potted herbs Place them in plain sight or in an area you pass by often so you don't forget them.

Stopping The Spoilers

There are a great many vegetables you can dry at home for use in perking up your salads, soups, stews, and casseroles. Good vegetables to dry include green beans, corn, peas, peppers, okra, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, and summer squash. Herbs also drywell. For more information on drying herbs, see How to Store and Use Herbs, later in this book.

Providing an herbs basic needs

Caring for potted herbs indoors Some herbs like sweeter soil (soil with a higher pH alkaline soil see Chapter 4). If your garden's soil is towards the acidic side, a sprinkling of lime powder or chips at the herb's base at planting time may be in order. Examples of herbs that like this include chia, lavender, and echinacea. Some herbs really prefer soggy ground. The drawback is that if you put them in such a spot, they may grow too rampantly be willing to let them do as they will. If that's not practical, simply raise them in a pot and keep the pot well-watered and or set in a saucer of water so the growing mix is perpetually damp. Examples of herbs like this include mints, beebalm, cardamom, chervil, goldenseal, and sorrel.

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Watching for invaders

Some herbs have a very bad habit They just don't know when to stop growing. Roots With some herbs, such as comfrey and horseradish, your eradication efforts may lead to an even larger patch of the confounded plant. Any bit of root left in the soil may grow into a new plant. Introduce these unruly herbs to your garden with caution. Rhizomes and stolons Some herbs take off cross-country, growing horizontal stems from their crowns that creep over or under the soil, forming new plants along the way. (Rhizomes grow under and stolons on top of the soil.) These plants are useful for covering large areas or filling gaps between paving stones, but rapidly become a nuisance in other situations. Tansy, mint, and artemisia can be particularly rampant plant these herbs in containers or in gardens surrounded by 12-inch-deep barriers that prevent the roots from getting out. Pull up escapees as soon as they appear.

Heres toour Herbal Health

Exercise caution when trying an herbal formula, especially if it's meant to be taken internally. If you're pregnant, ingesting some herbs may increase the risk of miscarriage. These include comfrey, feverfew, mugwort, southernwood, tansy, and wormwood. If you're pregnant or undergoing medical treatment, consult a physician before trying any herbal formula.

Hillside Of Olives And Outdoor Rooms

Daniel Ost Sint Niklaas Academie

For Jonathan King, a longtime resident of Maine who knows the weather all too well, to garden or not was never negotiable. Playing in the soil was intrinsic to his psyche (It's one of the few things that keeps me completely focused), even though the climate renders the growing season brief. Actually, the compressed time slot might be one reason why Jonathan, a psychology major, turned to jam making, a hobby he subsequently turned into the East Coast gourmet empire known as Stonewall Kitchen. Jon will tell you that the jam idea began because of his Yankee distaste for tossing anything that could possibly be squirreled away. At any rate, he devoted his postcollege days to working in greenhouses and moonlighting in restaurants. Similarly, his partner Jim Stott also had split affinities He managed his own construction firm during daylight, then waited in a restaurant after dark. That's where the two were when they began hauling their hand-labeled preserves from Jon and Jim's extensive...

Investigate your local market

The most important thing you can do before planting any herbs to sell is to visit your local markets and determine what they sell and where the opportunity exists. Take a look at the fresh herb fridge and see what they have and how fresh it is. Nine times out of ten you will be amazed at how ragged their fresh herbs really are Have a look at the prices and jot them down. Also, take notes of the quantities being sold in each package. Usually fresh herbs are sold by the bunch which in most cases is about as much as you could grab in your hand. Study the packaging and labels as you will need to create a unique identity for your own. Visit as many small markets as you can in your immediate area. Compile your information and organize it so you can determine what is selling and for how much. Below is a list of what I have determined to be the best selling herbs in order of importance. Assign a retail price to each from the research you have conducted.

Approaching Prospective Customers

Backyard Hydroponics

Once you have established contact, here's the most important part of your business presentation If at all possible, open your package right there in front of them, and get them to sample the superior fresh scent and taste of your products If you can only do one thing, get them to taste your product. That is the single most important factor that will determine your success as a grower. Of course, since your produce has been grown in a clean, efficient hydroponic system, they will be infused with more flavor than your field grown competitors. The produce buyer will most likely immediately recognize the difference in your premium quality product from the scent, texture and deep, intense taste. Remember, good products that keep their customers happily coming back for more will keep them ordering After you have established the desire to carry your products, your goal with this first account is to get them to agree to showcase your herbs in their market. If they are unwilling to make an...

Production scheduling

Most herbs will need 6 to10 weeks to reach saleable size. Researchers at Cornell recommend starting the following in March for May sales parsley, rosemary, sage, thyme.(4) Anise, basil, borage, chives, coriander, dill, and fennel should be sown in April for May sales. Table 2 provides more specifics about production scheduling for fresh-cut herbs. For greenhouse-grown fresh-cut herbs, each type has somewhat different requirements. For example, mint is best grown in a raised bed and cut uniformly, section by section, as market requirements dictate. Rosemary, on the other hand, is raised as potted specimen shrubs, and managed quantitatively over the years by reducing plants to the required number. Sprigs of rosemary are harvested individually. For more details of production and harvest of specific herbs, study Growing and Selling Fresh-Cut Herbs, by Sandie Shores.(8)

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Banana plants are actually rapid growing herbs. Their stalk or trunk is succulent and is actually composed of compressed layers or sheaths. After bearing once, the banana stalks die back to the plant's true stem which is an underground rhizome. Bananas grow best in districts with 125 to 250 cm annual rainfall. They need regular, deep watering in rich, deep soil with excellent drainage and a warm sunny position, sheltered from wind.

Product quality considerations

Another important factor in your success is product packaging. Assuming you have perfected your crop and production techniques, you should concentrate a good amount of energy on packaging. You will certainly want to use a visually appealing package for your herbs. Many commercial herbs are packaged in screen printed plastic bags with colorful logos. Since you are just starting out, and certainly shouldn't go throught that added expense, you should try using a clear zip lock type of plastic bag to which you can apply a simple self-adhesive label. It is a good idea to use a hole punch to make a couple of breathing holes in your bags to maintain product freshness. Give your herbs just a slight misting with some water before sealing the bags. Use a small kitchen scale to weigh your herbs to ensure uniformity from package to package. Many patrons of gourmet markets will identify with a wholesome looking label that is indicative of the local origin of the produce. An excellent method of...

Dealing with herb pests

Believe it or not, many herbs are pest-free, which is one of the many reasons gardeners find these plants so easy and fun to grow. Some herbs even repel pests from themselves as well as adjacent plants. However, you may meet a The pests that go after herbs may seem as varied as the herbs themselves, but here are a few defensive strategies you can take to protect your herbs 1 Make sure your herbs are in good health, well-watered, and in particular have sufficient elbow room. 1 Get a little help from some friends. Some herbs may help each other out by keeping pests at bay.

Wildlife Section

Herbs are extremely beneficial to wildlife, providing a rich source of food and shelter for a variety of animal species. Their strong scent, coupled with the brightly coloured flowers that many herbs produce, attract a wide range of bees, insects and birds. By planting herbs in your garden you can create a wildlife haven for many of these species, that are being threatened by the removal of their natural habitats elsewhere. Planting herbs can also indirectly attract an even wider range a species into your garden. The insects attracted to herbs will in turn attract various insect-eating birds and animals, as a rich feeding ground is suddenly opened up to them. Then as your herbs produce seed, insect eating birds are replaced by seed eating birds. A herb garden can therefore act as a permanent residence for some species, a hunting ground for others, and can quite literally make a difference to a species' survival or extinction. It is amazing the wildlife you can attract and encourage by...

Cooking With Herbs

One of the best known culinary herbs, it is a must for the herb garden. Again an essential ingredient of bouquet garni, it also complements lamb, chicken, ham, casseroles, fish, vegetables, salads, eggs and cheese, soups and sauces. Ideal for more delicate dishes, as it does not overpower delicate flavours.

Drying

There are 3 main ways to dry herbs 1. The simplest and most traditional way of drying herbs is to pick them with fairly long stems, bundle these together and hang the bunches upside down in a warm and dark place to dry. Ideal places are airing cupboards, attics and cellars. You will know when the herbs are completely dry as they will rustle when touched. This should take about 23 days. When dried out, the leaves should be removed from the stalks and stored in a in screw top container until needed. Store containers in a cool dark place. Do not crumble the leaves until you are ready to use them as this will help to further preserve their flavour. 2. Another way to dry herbs is in the oven. Heat the oven on its lowest setting and place the herbs inside to dry. Setting the oven to its lowest temperature is essential as if the oven is too hot the herbs' etheric oils will evaporate. Turn them occasionally to ensure they are thoroughly dry and check the leaves regularly to make sure they do...

Keep Things Clean

There is one hard-and-fast mle in making herbal products for both internal and external use lie sure that all of your equipment and ingredients are clean. Sterilize storage containers or wash them well with hot, soapy water. When a recipe calls for cookware, use glass or stainless steel pans. Aluminum can react with some herbs and with ingredients like vinegar.

Harvesting Storage

Most herbs can also be picked for winter storage and use, but some herbs such as basil, parsley and chives should be used fresh wherever possible. Picking and harvesting herbs for storage and winter use is relatively easy to do, but it is important to do this at the proper stage of the herbs' growth.

Diversified Planting

There is little data to prove or disprove the value of companion planting, although this arrangement has been used by many gardeners who claim success. Presumably some herbs and other plants repel specific insect pests and planting these in association with a particular vegetable gives some protection. A few common plantings are as follows

Industry overview

Potted Herbs For Sale

Potted herbs for sale at the USDA Farmers' Market in Washington, D.C. Photo by Bill Tarpenning, USDA. Potted herbs for sale at the USDA Farmers' Market in Washington, D.C. Photo by Bill Tarpenning, USDA. fresh-cut herbs since 1999, despite slow increases for most food prices, due to inflation. The two top U.S. fresh-cut herbs year-round parsley and cilantro come from large, high-tech greenhouses in California, Mexico, and the Caribbean. Countries airfreighting fresh herbs and related specialty crops to the U.S. now include Mexico (lately Baja Sur), Peru, Costa Rica, Colombia, The Philippines, Canada, and France, as well as Israel, where dry desert air and mineralladen water provide a competitive advantage for Mediterranean herbs. Peru has the advantage of a complementary season. California, Florida, and Hawaii lead among U.S.-based suppliers although an undetermined share of California production may be repackaged herbs from Mexico and Central America. The New Jersey Department of...

Books Directories

Growing and Selling Fresh-Cut Herbs. 2nd ed. Ball Publishing, Batavia, IL. 483 p. Excellent book on herb production, both in the greenhouse and in the field. Designed for the beginner. The chapters on specific herb crop production methods include information on greenhouse production. Widely available for 27.95. It is also available through the author's Web site, www.freshcutherbs. com, where she also answers questions from growers.

Fresh Start

Start Fresh Flowering Plant

Mall on space doesn't have to mean sparse on trcsh, tasty vegetables and herbs. With some inventive gardening, even a skimpy site can yield an abundant harvest. Start by planting herbs and vegetables in containers. Grow salad greens in window boxes. Save soil space by growing sprawling varieties on teepees and trellises. Give trailers a placc to flourish on balcony railings.

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Pesto Chopped Tomato French Bread

Fresh herbs have a color and flavor that dried herbs just can't match. Here are some tips on harvesting and handling them Harvest herbs In the morning, after dew has evaporated Handle them delicately. If you need to store fresh herbs for a longer period, refrigerate them. Snip or cut off the bottoms of the stems, wrap in a paper 8 large eggs 1 cup grated Parmesan Vz cup milk 3 Tbsp mixed chopped fresh herbs (such as basil, chives and parsley) Salt and black pepper to taste V 2 Tbsp stick butter 1 3 cup shredded Cheddar or mozzarelta j LEFT Fresh herbs turn I an ordinary omelet into an extraordinary frittata, j perfect for serving guests at brunch. In recipes, keep in mind that 1 tablespoon of fresh herbs equals 1 teaspoon of dried. *

Herbs Like It Lean

Many herbs are native to the eroded hillsides around the Mediterranean, so it's not surprising that they like lean, well-drained soil. You don't have to give herbs a starvation diet, though, to get good results. Ordinary garden soil with average fertility is fine if you leave off the fertilizer. Lots of nitrogen produces lush-looking herb leaves, but it reduces the concentration of the essential oils that give herbs their aroma and flavor (and some of their medicinal properties). If yoti want your herbs to taste

Cuttings

Black And White Tree Life

Any plants that will successfully root from cuttings can be placed directly into your soilless garden. Clean the leaves from the last two inches of stem, and, if possible, coat the stem with a root hormone. This procedure is not as useful with vegetables as it is with some herbs and decorative plants. Still, it is not only fun, but free, to collect a few cuttings from your friends. The possibilities are endless. For example, one good trick with tomatoes is to let a few suckers grow on a plant until they are three or four inches long, cut them off at the base and stick them deeply into your growing medium. That way, you'll have more tomato plants.

Why Light Gardening

Some vegetables do better under lights than others. Many root and leafy plants including beets, carrots, celery, Chinese cabbage, endive, lettuce, onions, radishes, spinach and watercress are quite easy to grow all the way to maturity indoors. Some herbs do quite well in this environment too, including basil, parsley, rosemary and savory.

Climate

Ifyou decide to grow hydroponic vegetables indoors, you must use artificial lights, because, in order to fruit, vegetables require high light levels to develop vast amounts of energy. Alternately, a good-sized window with a south or west exposure will probably allow you to grow herbs, leaf lettuce and possibly Tiny Tim tomatoes without lights. Remember, though, that too much direct sunlight through a glass The type or combination of types is important, but really depends on what you are growing. A flowering plant requires stronger red than green leaf plants such as lettuce or house plants. Choose your lighting accordingly. One interesting way that this difference turns up is when herbs are grown under a Plant Tube, where they flower much sooner than under a plain Cool White tube. With some herbs, for example those you want to go to seed for later crops, this is an asset, but for others it is not. When setting up your own or buying a lighting system for your indoor garden, don't forget...

Herbs 101

Herbs 101

Learn what you can do with herbs! How to Plant, Grow, and Cook with Natural Herbs. Have you always wanted an herb garden but didn't know how to get started? Do you want to know more about growing your own herbs in the privacy of your home and using them in a variety of cooking?

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