Planning Your Herb Garden The Right Way

This article is dedicated to planning a successful herb garden. If you have planted herb gardens in previous years this will help to revamp and refresh one already have.

Go to your Garden Center and see what herbs are available and suitable for your area. This is important if you are planning an outside herb garden. If you are planning an inside herb garden, since you control the atmosphere, you can choose whatever you like.

My suggestion here would be to select a theme for your herb garden. You can plant them for cooking herbs, cosmetic herbs, medicinal herbs or fragrance herbs use. Be realistic about your plants. Check your whole property to find the right spot. Look for sun or shade, type of soil, and how well the spot drains. These are all very import for picking the best place for your herb garden.

Once you have accomplished the above, pick your sunniest spot because herbs need a lot of sun (a good four top six hours daily). Be sure that the herb garden site is level and sheltered from wind. If your soil is a bit heavy ad lots of compost when preparing your site which will make the soil looser and help with drainage and texture.

Try to keep the herb garden close to the house to facilitate in picking the harvest and checking for troubles. If you can’t find a suitable sunny spot plant them in a garden container that you can move around to follow the sun. (This movement is a bit time consuming but it pay off in the end).

Look at the rest of your gardens. Are they formal or informal? You will want your herb garden to complement your house and garden. Look in books or magazine to get some inspiration. If you are creating a formal herb garden you will need to plant in straight lines and geometric shapes framing them with low hedges and paths. A fountain, bench or topiary shrubs are almost always used as the main focal point. Arrange the layout around a central axis. Then plant one kind of herb in each block, go for bold color and texture. Be warned a formal garden is labor intensive and will be expensive.

In an informal herb garden you can plant more flowing, curved beds and walkways. Add flowers and shrubs for a really exciting look. This type of herb garden requires less initial work and will be easier and cheaper to maintain.

Now it’s time to decide on which herbs to plant. The easy way is to make a list of the ones that follow your theme. Make up your wish list in three columns. Column one is the absolutely must have plants, Column two will be the ones that would be nice to have and Column three is oh well, not necessary. If you’re just starting out do between 5-10 herbs, (depending on your space). This makes the herb gardening more manageable.

Know which herb plants or annual or perennial, and make a note of them so you won’t forget. A small spiral notebook is a good place to make comments on the care of each of your herbs. Situate each plant according to height for maximum enjoyment of your herb garden.

Lastly keep them well fed and give them lots of love and you will a beautiful herb garden that is multi-purpose. You get to plant the herb garden, watch it flourish, and then you get to harvest it for whatever your purpose was: Culinary, Medicinal, Fragrance or Cosmetic.

Happy Planting!

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Twin Flames vs. Soul Mates by Kisma Reidling


www.thebutterflygift.com Everyone searches for love, and we all want to find the ultimate love. Twin Flames -vs- Soul Mates is an exploration into your own awareness surrounding love and relationship, focusing you on your beliefs, your hang-ups and how prepared you are to be in the kind of relationship you really want. I provide ancient and universal truths and take you through some extraordinary exercises that will center you in the middle of your I AM presence, connect you with your inner twin flames, and place you at the beginning of the journey to align with your twin flame or soul mate. I also discuss the three different types of relationships, Twin Flame, Soul Mate, and Karmic Relationship so that you can begin to easily identify which relationship you may currently be in. The time is now to kick-up your conscious awareness to the next frequency. – About Kisma Reidling – Kisma K. Stepanich~Reidling founded The Faery-Faith Network in 1994 as a worldwide forum for believers in the Sidhe, Faery, lovers of Ireland, and individuals interested in undergoing spiritual training in the Bhairdic College or becoming a Member in the Faery-Faith Network or Druidic Clan of Dana. She became actively involved in women’s spirituality and the goddess movement in 1983 and is the author of Sister Moon Lodge: The Power & Mystery of Menstruation; The Gaia Tradition: Celebrating the Earth in her seasons; and, An Act Of Woman Power. Kisma has also written and published nine other books, 5

The Absence of Spiritual Evolution

As I sit in the presence of this sacred space I wonder which of the elders that I have known over the years has indeed manifested what they’ve traveled in body, mind and soul for. How many have learned through trial and error, through doctrines found true and some false, or many without substance of meaning…

As I look through the timelines of what man has accomplished in material wealth or deeds of general progress of science even, I look hard to find an equated source of how spirituality has evolved.

Today there is much of a division of who is right, and what is classified as wrong. You don’t believe me? Look: She or he is Baptist, Buddhist, a Wiccan, A Psychic, a witch, one is Jewish, there goes a Vodun Priestess, it’s about Scientology, come join the Hare Krishna’s, steer away from her hark there goes a Muslim, oh look here comes another Christian, better look out for those Kabalic followers and so on…

If one is to take out all the bull out of religion and stick to the facts, there is little to no room for spirituality. No room for finding the spiritual source of what one needs to find because my dear…it ain’t in neither man nor woman….

I am not suggesting that you hand up your beads, your tarot cards, nor your crosses, but just to remember spirituality is about growth of the God within and not the bureaucratic fellowship of what ever it is that you have chosen to follow. It is true that we as humans feel the need that a system is not worth working with unless it’s got some sort of order. If the order be true and proper in it’s sense of worth, then all your predecessors will reach nirvana before each of his or her death through the teaching they rather only you follow.

I must say that there are too many cooks in the kitchen of spirituality at the moment as through time over the many centuries we as humans tend to just reincarnate from the beginning each time, hence the lack of growth and absence of evolution.
So what is the best approach to spiritual evolution?

1. Start with self. If there is a reason that you have chosen your religion and or spiritual direction. Ask yourself why and what your initial goals where and why… Just a diet. Set goals for yourself. Be disciplined and very dedicated to all that you want to work towards. From the top down. Take a good look at your leader, your teacher… it’s not to say if he or she isn’t at the spiritual level you think they should be at, they may still be able to help direct you into the correct path until your journey begets you a proper teacher. However, set a limit on your journey with your present teacher so that you don’t waste either of your time.

So is there really absence of spiritual evolution or am I just too blind to see it? Well to pose an answer to my question and to justly provide the statement. “Yes” at the moment, humanity has directed spirituality into a bureaucratic submission rather than working through it to guide us to where we should collectively be. Spirituality truly isn’t about control, (now that would be politics) spirituality is about becoming ONE. From what I stand corrected, we’ve indeed evolved spiritually to become diverse, very divided. Hummmm, what is the saying…”united we stand….” You know the rest. I guess to evolved doesn’t necessarily mean to progress into a certain direction other than to progress, to grow. Do you see your path evolving where you think it should?

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How to Grow Parsley and the Many Uses of the Parsley Herbs

The humble parsley herbs have been around for centuries. The Greeks planted the parsley herb as a border for their gardens. They also used the parsley herb to crown winners at competitions and to decorate tombs. The Romans believed that the herb parsley could prevent intoxication. They used it in great quantities. It can be used as an herb parsley tea which many say is useful in curbing a stubborn cough. Parsley herbs are used to make herbal remedies.

The parsley herb is a biennial, which means it will last two years after which the parsley must be replanted. The parsley herb will produce an umbrella of small yellow flowers. The first year of the parsley herb will have a more delicate flavor.

Curly parsley, the most commonly grown, is very pretty as a border around an herb garden. Parsley produces crisp, curly, bright green leaves. Parsley is one of the most nutritious herbs around containing potassium, calcium, vitamins A and C and many other needed minerals. It is also the most widely used herb in the kitchen. It can be used in virtually every recipe, salads, meats, soups, stews, even parsley sauce or an herbal parsley tea.

The flavor of the herb parsley is mild and savory. Parsley is good at masking other harsher flavors. Parsley is said to sweeten the breath after eating garlic. The parsley herb is good for the circulation and the digestive system. The parsley plant can be used to make herbal remedies. It is a diuretic. It is thought to be an herbal remedy for the kidneys, removing excess water from the body. For this reason many think that is a slimming herb. The herb parsley is a detoxifier and helps with rheumatism, gout and arthritis. Many women believe it aides in menstrual pain and period irregularity.

To grow the herb parsley, plant the seeds gradually through the warmer months. There are two ways to speed the germination of the parsley herb. You can either soak them in warm water for 24 hours or you can pour boiling water over them just before you plan to plant the parsley herb. It will take about eight weeks before the parsley herb can be planted in the garden or in a container garden. After the seedlings have grown several leaves on it, plant them about 10 inches apart.

If you live in a tropical area it will be necessary to provide shade for the parsley herb. If you live in a colder climate, dig up the parsley and pot it for inside growth and year round harvesting. It enjoys a well drained but moist soil that has enriched with fertilizers. The parsley herb will ward off pests and disease if it is planted near roses or tomatoes. Parsley also attracts bees.

The herb parsley can be planted inside on a sunny windowsill or greenhouse. When you buy the pot for the herb parsley, be sure you have a depth of at least eight inches which will allow the roots space to grow.

The other popular variety of the herb parsley is the flat leaf or Italian parsley herb. This parsley has a slightly stronger taste. Grow both varieties for some interesting textures when using in your recipes.

You can use either fresh or dried parsley to make an herbal parsley tea. When using the parsley herb fresh, use one quarter of a cup of the herb. Pour boiling water in the cup and let steep for 5 minutes. Cover the cup to keep the steam in. Strain the tea and drink it. If using dried parsley, use two teaspoons per cup of water. Sweeten with honey. For relieving bug bites and stings, pulp the parsley and apply to afflicted are to heal and soothe.

Think about planting the herb parsley. There are so many uses for it. It will be a healthy addition to your garden and your kitchen. Here’s a recipe for Parsley Sauce to help you use your parsley herb crop in a tasty way:
1 pint Milk, warmed
1½oz Flour
1½oz Butter
4 tbsp Parsley, chopped
Salt and Pepper
Melt the butter in a saucepan over a low heat.
Stir in the flour and cook gently for 2-3 minutes.
Remove from the heat and slowly add the milk, stirring constantly to avoid lumps.
Bring to the boil, still stirring, simmer for about five minutes, stirring occasionally.
Once it’s smooth and creamy, remove from the heat; throw in the chopped parsley and season to taste. Serve it hot with fish, poultry or vegetables.
Here’s to Good Eating and Happy Gardening!

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About the Author
Mary Hanna is an aspiring herbalist who lives in Central Florida. This allows her to grow gardens inside and outside year round. She has published other articles on Cruising, Gardening and Cooking. Visit her websites at http://www.CruiseTravelDirectory.com, http://www.ContainerGardeningSecrets.com, and http://www.GardeningHerb.com