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  • How to Create an English Herb Garden

    Learning how to create an English herb garden is a great way to add scent and flavor to your garden. English herb gardens were traditionally used for culinary and medicinal purposes. These gardens were common in many households, and they make an great addition to your home. This article will provide you with detailed instructions on how to create an English herb garden.

    Layout

    The layout of an English herb garden is an important factor to consider when creating this type of herb garden. English herb gardens were also known as kitchen gardens. These gardens also contained vegetables and flowers, and you can feel free to add them to your English herb garden. When planning they layout of your English herb garden you should first decide on the the shape. Adding a focal point such as a bird bath or statue is a good way to add English garden style to your herb garden. Separate yoru herb gaen into sections and consider using some herbs as borders.

    English Garden Herbs

    Basil is a sweet herb that enjoys full sun and grows annually. This herb will grow to about 18 inches in height.

    Another great herb is borage. It enjoys full sun and will attract bees. This annual is hardy and grows about 24 inches in height.

    Chamomile is a great herb for medicinal and culinary purposes and it can be grown easily. When starting chamomile by seed make sure it has sunlight. This wonderful herb has pretty white flowers and will make a great addition to your English herb garden.

    A hardy herb that will basically take care of itself is chives. This perennial grows from about a foot to 2 feet tall and it likes sun. and partial shade. Both the leaves and flowers are delicious.

    Dill is a nice herb for your English garden. This annual will grow well in a sunny spot. It will grow about 2 feet high and enjoys well drained soil.

    Lemon balm is an essential for an English herb garden. IT can be used for cooking, making tea, and medicinal tinctures. This perennial plant grows easily and will over take your garden if left unchecked. It enjoys sun and partial shade.

    A large variety of mint will be nice in your English herb garden. Mint has both medicinal and culinary purposes and it can grow u to 3 feet tall. It is a hardy grower and a perennial.

    Oregano is another perennial plant for your English herb garden. This herb loves sunny spots and grows up to 2 feet in height.

    Sage is a perennial evergreen that loves sun and well draining soil. It is susceptible to wind, and it grows up to 2 feet in height.

    It is easy to create an English herb garden using the information provided in this article. So go out and get gardening!

    Written by SarahGanly
    Freelance writer and artist

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  • Herb Gardening For Beginners – Best Herbs For An Organic Garden

    Go to www.smilinggardener.com to see the best 3 herb plants. I was thinking about herb gardening for beginners, and I was trying to think of what I would recommend as the best herbs for getting started with in an organic herb garden. Let me know what you think below. And check out www.smilinggardener.com for the free ’15 Vital Organic Gardening Lessons For Becoming A Better Organic Gardener’.
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  • The Herb Rosemary – All You Need To Know About Rosemary

    The Herb Rosemary

    I am lucky enough to live in the ‘campo’ – the countryside of Spain – overlooking a small village. My villa is surrounded by uncultivated land, thickets of pine, and because we are on the foothills of the sierras, rocky outcrops. In summer, especially if there is a gentle breeze, the air is filled with the scent of pine, jasmine and wild herbs. Amongst this heady mixture can be detected the unmistakeable fragrance of rosemary.

    Rosemary is a distinctive herb with an immediately identifiable aroma that has made it fashionable in food preparation and medicines for many centuries.

    Rosemary

    Nowadays rosemary is perhaps best recognized as a culinary herb. It is commonly used to give flavour to roast meats such as lamb and pork – and to add taste and fragrance to herb-oils and vinegars.

    The Herb Rosemary can grow into a substantial bush that is smothered with leaves.
    The Rosemary leaves when crushed, liberate volatile oils and aroma.  
    The Herb Rosemary has many varieties, with flowers that can vary from white, to pink, to blue.
    The Herb Rosemary is fast growing, and its height and density make it useful it as a garden hedge. Four hundred years ago, rosemary was used for just this purpose, often trimmed into fanciful shapes.
    The Herb Rosemary was popular at weddings, used to deck the church and make bridal wreaths.

    The Herb Rosemary and Folk Remedies –

    The chronicles of the herbrosemary are heavy with folklore, going back even to Biblical times. The majority of the stories relate to rosemary’s aromatic assets. Its perfume was thought to protect against disease and was often used to ‘disinfect’ the air in sick rooms. Rosemary sprigs were carried during plagues, to be inhaled whilst passing regions of possible infection. In ancient times, scholars wore garlands of rosemary believing it to be an aid to memory. The plant also came to be linked to fidelity.

    Culinary Uses of The Herb Rosemary –  

    Use fresh, dried leaves or sprigs of the herb rosemary to give flavour to meat while roasting.

    Use fresh sprigs of the herb rosemary to flavour herb-oils and vinegars.

    Add fresh leaves of the herb rosemary sparingly to make herb butter.

    Fresh rosemary herb is a wonderful addition to salads.
    The herb rosemary is a major component in the classic mix of dried Provencal herbs known as Herbs De Provence.

    Burn branches of the herb rosemary on a barbecue to add a subtle flavour to meats.

    Cosmetic Uses of Rosemary –

    Use the essential oil from the herb rosemary in eau-de-cologne.

    Use fresh or dried rosemary leaves in a facial steam to encourage circulation,

    Infuse leaves of the herb rosemary as a conditioning rinse for dark hair.

    Medicinal Uses of Rosemary –

    Rosemary tea – the infusion is a first-rate all-round tonic.
    Rosemary tea stimulates the circulation, and has been used as a remedy for hardening of the arteries.
    Rosemary tea can lift mild depression and is good for treating headaches and migraines.

    Household  Uses of Rosemary –

    Use fresh sprigs of the herb rosemary to add fragrance to a room and deter insects.

    Lay sprigs of the herb rosemary in the bottom of wardrobes to repel moths.

    Preserving – Dry the sprigs and branches and strip the leaves off before storing. Crush the rosemary leaves just before use to release the aroma.

    Cultivation of Rosemary

    Lifespan – Rosemary is a hardy evergreen shrub

    Site – Plant rosemary in dry, sunny sites protected from cold wind.
    Rosemary can be transplanted and kept indoors during a frosty winter.

    Soil – Rosemary needs good drainage. It is more fragrant when grown in limy soil. You can add crushed lime or eggshells to the soil. Can be container-grown indoors or out.

    Growing – Propagate from cuttings and transplant when established.

    Harvesting – Rosemary leaves can be harvested in small amounts all year but are best before flowering times.
     

    Written by ajbarnett
    Novelist, short story writer, Author of JUST ABOUT WRITE and WITHOUT REPROACH. A Brit now living in Spain

  • Potted Herb Gardens – How to Grow Them

    Picking the Right Herbs for Your Potted Garden:  You should not find any trouble finding herbs that you can grow in pots.  It is best to try to avoid herbs that can become overgrown in your pots.  Lavender and mint are two herbs that if not planted separately will overtake your pots.  Also, make sure when combining herbs in a pot, that they are compatible.  Try combining thyme, oregano, rosemary, and sage together.  Basil and lemon balm are a good combination as well. 

    Picking the Right Pot for Your Herb Garden:  If you decide to plant a combination of herbs in a pot, make sure that it is about three feet in circumference.  You can choose either clay, wood or ceramic material for your potted herb garden.  Make sure that the pot you choose will provide your herbs and soil plenty of drainage. 

    Choosing the Right Soil for Your Potted Herb Garden:  The soil you choose for your potted herb garden will be very important.  Avoid a soil with clay compounds, as it will act like cement in your pot.  Look for an organic potting soil that is specifically for herbs or vegetables.  Using a 3 to 1 ratio, fill the pot leaving about two inches from the top with your organic potting soil.  Fill the remaining area of the pot with a more organic compost to top it off. 

    Watering Correctly for your Potted Herb Garden:  When starting out and your plants are still small, water them in their pots every other day.  Potted herbs will lose moisture quickly, especially in a drier climate.  As your plants begin to mature, you can cut back the watering to every four days.

    Sunshine for your Potted Herb Garden:  Most potted herb gardens are grown inside your home.  Your potted herb garden will need at least six hours of sun to grow properly.  Look for the ideal places to put your potted herb garden.  Set them near large windows, glass doors or even out on your patio or deck if the weather is warm.

    Using the Herbs from the Potted Garden:  To properly use your potted herbs, you will need to remove them from their pots and dry them out.  Hang bunches of herbs upside down in a cool, dry location until they dry properly.  If you don’t have the space or the time, take the herbs and rinse them in water.  Wrap the herbs in a paper towel and set in the microwave on high for one to four minutes.  Chop or crumble up the herbs and then store in a clean, airtight container.  Dried herbs will last in your kitchen for up to a year.

    Written by MikeBurnside
    Creator and writer for Unravelingmysteries.com a lifestyles website.

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  • How to Create an Indoor Herb Garden

    Fresh herbs not only can be grown outdoors, but you can create an indoor herb garden. Fresh herbs are great to use in home-cooked meals. They can be quite expensive if you buy them fresh at a grocery store. By creating your own indoor herb garden, you can have fresh herbs anytime you want them and for less expense. You’ll have fun experimenting with using them in various dishes. Here are some tips for creating an indoor herb garden.

    The Containers

    You might want to start out small with your project until you get the hang of it by choosing three or four containers and three or four varieties of herbs. You’ll need to find proper containers to set up your indoor herb garden. Decide how much space you have in your home to put the containers and then decide what size and shape containers will work best. The containers need to be large enough to provide room for plants to grow and room for the roots. Some people prefer to use small pots and then transplant them into larger containers, as need. This is an individual preference.

    There’s a large variety of containers in all shapes, sizes, colors and materials. Terra cotta containers are often used for herb gardens. Whatever you choose, the container should have good drainage at the bottom. If there are no holes in the containers you want to use, you can drill a few holes.

    Choose the Herbs

    It’s a personal choice as to what herbs you prefer to grow. One way to help you decide is to think about how you will use the herbs. Is it an herb you will use frequently or something that you simply want to experiment with? It would probably be best to choose herbs you will use frequently so you get the most out of your indoor herb garden.

    Some herbs will require more maintenance than others. If you are new to herb gardening try starting out with herbs that are more simple to grow such as parsley, chives or oregano.

    Planting Time

    You’ll need potting soil for your indoor herb garden. There are many types of soil available, with some including additives such fertilizer. Check with your garden specialist at the store where you purchase the soil to see if it’s appropriate for herbs. The bags of soil come in various sizes. Don’t purchase a large bag if you are only planting a few herbs.

    Fill your pots with soil, leaving about one inch between the top of the soil and the top of the pot. Place the seeds in the pot by pushing down with a toothpick or straw. Use something that will allow you to space the seeds properly. Leave about a two inch space between each seed to allow enough room for growth. After you plant the seeds, add water. Then place your pots where they will receive some direct sunlight.

    Transplanting Herbs

    When your herb plants get to around two inches tall, you can transplant into larger pots. Be very careful with this process. You need to use a gentle touch so as not to damage the plants.

    Fill larger containers with soil. Make a hole that is large enough for each plant. Loosen soil around the smaller containers in order to gently get the plant out. Roots may be a bit packed, but you can loosen them with your fingers. Place plant into the larger container where you made a hole and cover with soil, pressing down so soil isn’t too loose. Be careful not to break the plant.

    After all plants have been transplanted, water until soil is most, but not drenched. Place pots in a warm area with sufficient sunlight.

    Maintenance of Herb Plants

    Water herb plants when soil is dry to the touch. Don’t over water, but don’t let them get too dry. Keep plants in warm area through the maturity process and until they are ready to use for your needs.

    Ways of Using Herbs

    Herbs can make a simple dish much more appealing. You can have fun experimenting and creating different ways of using herbs. I especially love chives in mashed potatoes or rosemary in green beans. A touch of parsley adds a great taste to lemon baked fish.

    Herbs can take the place of salt and salt can be bad if used in excess quantities or if used by people who have exisiting health conditions. By using herbs, you aren’t only adding a different taste to foods, but boosting your health as well, since most herbs have some kind of health benefit. Do your research and find out just how great herbs are. In the meantime, enjoy the rewards of your harvest!

    Written by Kate

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  • The Herb Parsley & Parsley Sauce Recipe

    The Herb Parsley.
     

    Parsley, parsely everywhere. What is this love affair with parsley all about?

    Petroselinum Crispum – Parsley.

    I love a sandwich of wholemeal bread with slices of ham sprinkled generously with chopped parsley and sage –  a tasty and health-giving combination.

    I suppose parsley is one of the more ubiquitous herbs to be found in the kitchen, yet rarely is parsely used to its full potential.

    Parsley from Europe.

    Parsley might have originated in Persia (hence it’s name). It was certainly an inhabitant of early southern Europe but is now found throughout the European Continent. Like so many other useful things, parsley was introduced to Britain by the Romans – to whom we should be forever grateful. The dark-green curly leaves quickly gained a reputation as a tasty and useful culinary herb – but we now know that parsley goes beyond that – the leaves contain vitamins A and C, plus essential minerals and iron – good stuff indeed.

    Growing Parsley

    There are three main varieties of parsley that are grown in the garden.

    The most common variety of parsley to be found in Britain is the ‘curled’ or ‘garden’ parsley that is such a wonderful additive for soups and salads. It is also a common ingredient of bouquet garni.
    The next most popular variety is the ‘Italian’ or ‘French’ parsley, which has darker, flatter leaves and a slightly stronger flavour. An infusion of this herb is said to revive the appetite.
    The third variety of parsley – the large turnip-root or ‘Hamburg’ parsley – is less widely grown and known. It is generally used either as a root vegetable or as an infusion to aid rheumatism.

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    Parsley is biennial but is at its best grown on an annual basis. Small flowers appear in the second year,  but you should take this to mean that it is past its sell-by date and as such should be discarded.

    By planting parsley seeds at frequent intervals, you ought to be able to pick parsley leaves all the year round – in particular if you protect the plants from frost with a cloche.

    Parsley can be directly sown on site, propagated in seed containers and transplanted at a later date, or grown indoors in small pots by the kitchen window. Parsley seeds can be sluggish to germinate and they are most successful when the soil is warm and moist. Soaking the parsley seeds carefully in lukewarm water for a couple of hours or so before planting will help germination.

    Uses of Parsely

    Culinary

    Add chopped parsley to liven up a salad.

    Finely chop and sprinkle parsley leaves on sandwiches, egg dishes, soups, fish, and potatoes.

    Parsley is an ingredient in many classic sauces.

    Add small sprigs of parsley to almost any dish as a colourful and interesting garnish.

    Medicinal

    Taken medicinally, parsley is often used as a tea infusion – add 1 teaspoonful of fresh parsley leaves to a cup of boiling water.

    Parsley tea is valuable for cleansing the urinary system and is a first-rate treatment for kidney and bladder complaints.

    Chewing on parsley will sweeten the breath, and in particular has been said to offset the smell of garlic.

    A parsley tea infusion aids digestion.

    Parsley is a mild diuretic and can be taken by those suffering from fluid retention and for helping with arthritis and osteoarthritis.

    A parsley tea infusion will help restore appetite.

    Cultivation of Parsley

    Lifespan – Hardy biennial – but better treated as an annual
    Height –  60 cm ( 2ft)
    Site – Full sun – light shade.
    Soil – Rich and moist. Slightly alkaline and well drained.
    Growing – Sow parsley seeds from spring to late summer. Water well. Cover parsley with a cloche in winter. Can be grown indoors.
    Harvesting – Pick parsley leaves as required.
    Preserving – Dry or freeze the leaves. Dry parsley seeds for infusions

    Parsley Sauce

    15g (1/2oz) chopped fresh parsley

    ½ teaspoon lemon juice

    1 whole nutmeg

    250 ml (8 fl oz) Béchamel Sauce or white sauce

    Place half the parsley in a small heatproof bowl and add just enough boiling water to cover. Let stand for 5 minutes then strain, reserving the liquid.

    Place lemon juice in a small bowl. Grate in the nutmeg to taste. Add reserved parsley liquid and stir well.

    Pour into hot Béchamel Sauce and mix through. Add remaining parsley.

    Serve hot with seafood or vegetables
     

    – End of The Herb Parsley –

    Written by ajbarnett
    Novelist, short story writer, Author of JUST ABOUT WRITE and WITHOUT REPROACH. A Brit now living in Spain

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