15 shades of herbs

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15 Herbs That Grow in Shade

by AllisonTaylor

Londoners often excuse themselves with the bad weather when you ask them “Why don’t you grow your own vegetables or herbs in your yard?”. This is not an excuse, though, because some herbs and veggies grow in shade. I’m about to give you a list of 15 herbs that can live with a limited amount of sunlight. They can be of great use to you in your everyday life, as they are good de-intoxicants and help live a healthier life.

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Herbs in Containers ( The Gardeners’ Rake)

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The Best Way of Growing Herbs in Containers

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Guest writer: Jack Grant

Plants or even herbs can be planted in different ways. They can be planted in a container and placed it inside the house or plant it directly in the soil of your garden.

Whichever way you will use in planting herbs, their requirement for survival are just the same to the other plants.

Herb growers or even plant growers should always bear in their minds that all kinds of plants have their three basic needs for their survival. One of these three needs is sunlight. Herbs require a huge amount of sun, so if you plan to grow them indoors, you must have a location that receives direct sunlight for much of the day. The sunlight directly affects the growth of plants. Another need of herb is the soil. Use a good quality potting soil that drains well, but also holds moisture, so that the herbs will not be exposed to large variations in moisture level. And the last need of herb for them to grow in their best way is water. Just like humans, herbs also need water as a source of their energy. They should be watered regularly to maintain their moisture and good quality of growth. But avoid the roots of the herbs from being soggy for they might penetrate your flooring inside the house.

Growing herbs in a container makes it easy for you to move them anywhere in the house.


Medicinal herb garden in your windowsill (Google / Boston Green Living Examiner)

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Grow a medicinal herb garden in your windowsill

Growing a medicinal herbal tea garden on your windowsill is easier than you think. Sipping herb tea is especially rewarding using plants you have grown and harvested yourself. Using them to treat common everyday ailments is even more rewarding. Somehow growing your own medicine is like medicine in itself. Kind of like a dose of prevention, wisdom and love all wrapped up in a soothing brew. Growing an herbal tea garden is easier than you think. All you need is a sunny window, seeds, dirt and some pots and you are well on your way to enjoying the bountiful world of herbs.

The beauty of growing your own herbs is that you can harvest it as you use it or dry your own herbs for later. Considering most tea bags are the “dregs” you will feel indulgent! Continue reading Medicinal herb garden in your windowsill (Google / Boston Green Living Examiner)

Herb gardening indoors (Google / Herbs Scam)

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Herb Gardening Indoors

Here are some tips for herb gardening indoors that will simulate the conditions in an outside garden. For Herb gardening indoors the growing climates need to be pretty much the same as the conditions outside. Get your herb plants from a good garden center nursery who will have plenty of garden advice to help you with your inside garden. You will need some garden equipment like a small digging garden tool, garden gloves, organic fertilizer and some small gardening containers. You probably already have most of these garden supplies in your garden shed. Continue reading Herb gardening indoors (Google / Herbs Scam)

Basic Herb Garden for most of your Kitchen Needs

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A Basic Herb Garden Can Supply Most Of Your Kitchen Needs

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No matter where you live in the world most cultures like to use herbs in their cooking to provide the flavours and aroma that we have all come to love. With the enormous spread in popularity of Gourmet Cooking shows on television we are encouraged to expand our culinary tastes to include dishes from all over the world . As most professional chefs prefer to use fresh herbs in their cooking why should we not follow in their steps and grow our own basic herb garden at home. It is quite easy to put in a basic herb garden to grow the ones used the most. Most of the common herbs used as spices in cooking can be successfully grown in average soil but some do request rich soil, such as oregano. Continue reading Basic Herb Garden for most of your Kitchen Needs

Sustainable Gardening: Herbs For Fall Planting (Google / Kitsapsun)

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Sustainable Gardening: Herbs For Fall Planting

By Ann Lovejoy

Thursday, October 9, 2008

As the rains arrive, we can take advantage of soil that still is summer warm and plant pretty much anything except tender tropicals. Among my favorite fall planting candidates are combinations of hardy herbs and minor bulbs. The bulbs bloom early and fade by the time the herbs start producing their billowy foliage and flowers. Almost all herbs are best planted in fall. The exceptions are annuals such as Sweet Annie, an annual artemisia with intensely fragrant and lacy green leaves. This is a great time to harvest Sweet Annie, adding the frilly foliage to potpourri to refresh the house in winter. Continue reading Sustainable Gardening: Herbs For Fall Planting (Google / Kitsapsun)

Basil Basics (Fine Gardening)

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Basil Basics

For the best harvest, give plants full sun, ample water, and regular pruning

The first time I tasted pesto was on a warm summer night while dining al fresco at a restaurant in Fiesole, Italy. I inquired about the trenette al pesto on the menu and one of my companions insisted that I try it. My plate of pasta arrived with a bright-green aromatic herb sauce that tasted rich, savory, sweet, and pungent all at the same time. I couldn’t figure out what the main ingredient of the sauce was, so, with some amusement, my Italian friends explained to me that basil was the key ingredient in this sauce called pesto. That dish changed my life.

Before I left Italy, my friends taught me how to make my own pesto, and the next year I started growing basil in my garden so I could have fresh basil available to make this dish whenever I wanted it.

More on basil

• The more you harvest, the more you get. Keep basil plants cut back so you have a continual supply of fresh leaves throughout the growing season. Watch a video on harvesting herbs.

• Mmmmm, pesto… Try the author’s pesto recipe. Or, check out more recipes from FineCooking.com.

• Save some for later. You can enjoy basil and other herbs from your garden in the cold winter months. Watch these videos with the author on freezing and drying herbs.

• Beyond basil. Don’t forget to check out our kitchen garden articles.

I discovered that basil is an easy plant to grow, its only major requirements being full sun and consistent water. Its delicious flavor has made it the most useful herb in my summer kitchen. Although most varieties are grown for their culinary uses, several varieties have compact habits or purple foliage and are useful as ornamental plants, too.

Most garden centers sell transplants of basil (typically the Italian varieties bred for culinary use) in the spring. But to get the most interesting varieties, I start mine from seed indoors, four to six weeks before I plan to transplant them into the garden. I sprinkle the seeds on the surface of a soilless medium in small flats or seed-starting pans and cover them with plastic wrap. I keep the flats warm but out of direct sun.

When the first seed sprouts, I remove the plastic and place the flat either in direct light or 2 to 3 inches below grow lights. Since basil seedlings cannot tolerate overwatering, I don’t water them the first day after removing the plastic, and I’m careful to allow the growing medium to almost dry out between waterings.

As the plants grow, I feed them with a liquid fertilizer once a week. When the seedlings have developed their first set of true leaves, usually two to three weeks after germination, I transplant them into 2- or 2-1/2-inch pots. Two to three weeks later, I begin hardening off the plants, which means putting them outside during the day when temperatures are warmest to get them used to outdoor temperatures and weather. Eventually I will leave them outside overnight, but only when I’m sure there won’t be any frost.

Some basils are grown for their beauty. The purple foliage of varieties like ‘Rubin’ (left) and the purple stems … Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Brown

… and flowers of ‘African Blue’ (right) can accent herb, vegetable, or flower beds. Photo/Illustration: Steve Aitken

Prune regularly for the best flavor. About every four weeks, prune basil back to just above the bottom two sets of leaves. If the plant is allowed to flower, it will lose flavor.

I transplant my basil plants into the ground in mid- to late May, well after the last frost in my Maryland garden. I plant them in full sun, fertilizing and watering each one well at planting time. I continue to fertilize the plants every two to three weeks, and I water them if we don’t get regular rain, because basils don’t like to dry out.

It is important to keep basils cut back so you have a continual harvest of fresh leaves throughout the season. I am diligent about pruning my plants, and as a result I get 15 to 25 cups of leaves from each plant per season. It is also important not to let the plants slated for culinary use flower, or the leaves will begin to taste bitter.

Immediately after planting, I prune my basils by cutting them back to just above the bottom two sets of leaves. This early pruning may seem drastic, but it actually stimulates growth.


From Fine Gardening 91, pp. 52-54

Herbs : useful addition to garden, or in pots (Google / mLive / The Grand Rapids Press)

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Herbs are a useful addition to garden, or in pots

Sunday, June 22, 2008

By Rebecca Finneran

The Grand Rapids Press

In the relentlessly sluggish Michigan economy, the relatively affordable and productive pastime of gardening keeps growing in popularity. More people than ever are looking to the land to supply fresh fruits and vegetables, and there is no better way to spice up the culinary palate than herb gardening.

Although great in pots, herbs don’t have to be relegated to the patio. “Herbs can be in containers, hanging baskets and incorporated with flower beds. There are so many ways you can use them,” said Joyce Kebless, Greenville herb grower and founder of the Midwest Michigan Herb Association. According to Kebless, herbs don’t have to contribute an abundance of color to the garden, as the texture alone can add interest. And when mixed with other landscape plants, their colors can be quite complementary. “The combination of purple basil with an edge of dusty miller, which is gray, looks great together.” Another beauty is bronze fennel, with its plumelike, plum foliage that pushes up higher than more colorful herbs. Continue reading Herbs : useful addition to garden, or in pots (Google / mLive / The Grand Rapids Press)

More Seattleites taking up gardening (Google / King5)

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More Seattleites taking up gardening

Tuesday, June 3, 2008


SEATTLE – Your grandparents probably had a garden, but many of us have gotten away from digging in the dirt to plant veggies. But it appears times are a-changing. Area gardening experts say they are welcoming a lot of new gardeners into the fold. There are many reasons people are getting back to basics, but a big one is a desire to cut their grocery bill. Lisa Taylor is in high demand, teaching kids and their parents about gardening at Seattle Tilth. “More and more people are interested in growing their own fruits and vegetables at home,” said Taylor. Continue reading More Seattleites taking up gardening (Google / King5)

Tips For a Successful Herb Garden (Google / Her Gardening Blog)

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PODCAST: Tips For a Successful Herb Garden

Brenda Emmett on May 29th, 2008

In this week’s podcast, we are focusing on Tips for a Successful Herb Garden. Herbs are a garden world of excitement and intense sensory delights. They are among Mother Nature’s oldest garden gifts. These easy-to-grow plants have been cultivated for centuries by gardeners who have found in them medical necessities, culinary enjoyment, unique landscape subjects and fragrant houseplants.

Be sure to download the Herb Guide that I have provided for your use. This guide is filled with lots of information that you will find useful. I have included information on annual herbs, perennial herbs, culinary herbs, herbs that can be used for medicinal purposes, fragrant herbs, herbs for dried arrangements and many other things.

If you have a question for us here at Her Gardening Blog, please leave a comment below the podcast. We will be happy to answer your questions and build an entire weekly podcast around them. Enjoy!



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