2013

November in the Herb Garden

November 6, 2013 // 0 Comments

Balmy days and chilly nights, and soon fresh herbs from the garden will be in short supply. Tender herbs such as basil, dill, cilantro and chervil will die when temperatures drop below 32 degrees. So harvest them now. Bring them in and sort through the stems and leaves. Dry some of the herbs, freeze the rest for [ ...click to read more ]

Detox With Refreshing Waters

November 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

Lemon/lime and mint: Lemon or lime juice helps stimulate the digestive track, encourages bile production, so important for a healthy liver. Mint leaves help with digestion and relieve heartburn. Mint also helps relax stomach cramps resulting from undigested fats. You’ll need a gallon of spring or mineral water. [ ...click to read more ]

Herbs of the Solar System

October 26, 2013 // 0 Comments

Our Planets, Sun and Moon, and the category of herbs in each one. Sun: Responding to the bright rays and heat of the day. Angelica, Bay Laurel, Bergamot, Carrot, Cedar, Cinnamon, Frankincense, Juniper berry, Lime, Mandarin, Neroli, Orange and Rosemary. These are beneficial to the heart and circulation. Moon: Cool [ ...click to read more ]

Indoor Herb Garden Kits

October 17, 2013 // 0 Comments

Wouldn’t something like this make a wonderful gift for someone who loves fresh herbs? Indoor Herb Garden Kits – Mini Garden Stacker. Look at all the herbs you could grow in one planter in a sunny kitchen window. Or on a countertop using a grow-light. [ ...click to read more ]

From the Herb Basket

October 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

Here are some ideas and recipes for using herbs from the autumn herb garden: Traditional Bouquet Garni 3 parsley stalks 3 thyme sprigs 1 large bay leaf 1 celery stalk 1 sprig of sage Place the herbs in cheesecloth and tie with kitchen twine. Lower the cheesecloth into chicken, beef or vegetable stock. Simmer gently [ ...click to read more ]

October in the Herb Garden

October 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

  October’s bright blue sky. Summer is walking the back roads of yesterday. I’ll miss her later on as the snow falls, but for right now my favorite season is here. Crisp apples, pumpkins and herbal tea, a good book. A reminder of all the chores I still must do before winter.   If you [ ...click to read more ]

Rosemary ~ Dew of the Sea

September 23, 2013 // 0 Comments

  Very few herbs are as universally grown and loved as rosemary. Rosmarinus is Latin and it means “dew of the sea,” and in the wild this herb is commonly found growing on sea cliffs around the Greek Islands. Despite the different forms and colors, all rosemary varieties offered in nurseries belong to [ ...click to read more ]

Growing Herbs Indoors

September 18, 2013 // 3 Comments

Many herb gardeners love the convenience of fresh herbs all year long. Even if you live in an apartment, you can still grow herbs indoors. Herbs will do well in any room that receives at least 4 hours of sunlight daily. Windows that face south or southwest are the best, but east or west-facing windows will also do. [ ...click to read more ]

September in the Herb Garden

September 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

Softwood cuttings can be started this month. Before you take the cuttings, closely examine the plants. Some may be too woody or brittle. Take cuttings only from stems that are slightly flexible. Make sure the shoots are firm and green at the base, but soft and pliable at the top. Remove the cuttings with a sharp knife [ ...click to read more ]