Home Grown Herbs
When filling up the spice rack or cabinets, wouldn't it be nice to have fresh herbs from your own herb garden? Growing herbs could be fun and save some money on the most commonly used herbs in the home, and also have the freshest herbs for use in cooking meals for you and your family.
Some common herbs in herb gardens are basil, sage, mint, chives, parsley, dill, and rosemary. With such a wide variety of herbs to choose from it should be an easy choice. Check the kitchen cabinets and see which herbs are already being used when cooking.
The chosen garden spot should have extremely good drainage. in the area you choose for your garden. Avoid areas that tend to "pool" when it rains or places that contain excessive moisture. To fix a drainage problem, dig down a foot into the soil, placing a layer of crushed rocks or gravel down before returning the dirt back to the garden spot. By doing this any water can easily drain, saving the selected plants.
Caring for Herbs
Herbs are actually easier to grow and maintain than the plants from seeds, but can be purchased in both forms. Some herbs grow extremely fast and can take over the entire herb garden, so pay attention to the growth rate of the herbs you buy. When growing more aggressive plants, it's best to plant them in separate drainage pots.
Removing too much from the new plant could cause the plant to die. Leaves should be well established, about three to four months, before removing them from the plant. These simple rules, can keep plants lasting for many years. Once the leaves are harvested it is time to start the drying process.
The leaves can be placed on a baking sheet in the oven at 170 degrees Fahrenheit for 3-4 hours. After they have finished drying you can look for some recipes and fix supper with fresh herbs. Herbs should be stored in a glass or plastic container. Do not use cardboard and paper because they will absorb the taste of the herbs. Check the stored herbs every few days to begin with to make sure no moisture is forming inside the container. Moisture causes mildew and could ruin hard work.
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