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Home. About Herb Gardens. Urban Herbalist. Sometimes the daily grind (and grime) of living in the city gets me dreaming of a little cabin, a sprawling garden and some chickens clucking about.

Urban Herbalist

Luckily, there are many ways to get a down-to-earth fix even while setting up camp in an urban setting. This week, Irina from Phoenix Botanicals instructs us in the fine art of foraging for herbs. Whether used for craft, tea, or herbal remedies, you can find these helpful greens right in your own backyard, city park, or other sunny patch of green! Closer to the great outdoors than an urban center?

Check out last week’s post on identifying salad fixings in the wilderness. Hi, I’m Irina from Phoenix Botanicals. Come meet my green friends. For those of you based in NY, I am teaching a class at 3rd Ward on this very topic. Making an Herbal Bandage Left, plantain found underfoot, around the corner from the Etsy HQ. Plantain grows just about everywhere and makes for great herbal first aid. Psst! Making an Herbal Bandage 1.

Rose (Rosa sp.) Rose tea. Herb Garden: Indoor Herb Garden Kits. Annie's Remedy Medicinal Herbs and Healing Oils. How to Grow an Herb Garden Indoors. How to Care for Your Kitchen Herb Garden. July 8th, 2011 by Staff WriterShareThis A kitchen herb garden is easy to grow and can provide your family with fresh herbs throughout the year.

How to Care for Your Kitchen Herb Garden

An herb garden can beautify your apartment and help you get rid of some of the waste in your kitchen. An herb garden should be easily accessible, preferably on the kitchen windowsill. This is because most herbs need eight hours of sunlight to thrive. Herbs that can be grown include rosemary, mint, thyme, cilantro, garlic, oregano, basil, fennel, parsley and sage. Caring for a Kitchen Herb Garden A kitchen herb garden needs sufficient sunlight and water. Always plant seeds in large pots to allow room for growth. Bonsai Forest Kit: Dawn Redwood. Manufacture: Potting Shed Creations, Troy, ID materials: Recycled steel case, tree and moss seed, seedling training pots, seed-starting wafers, growing medium, river stones, bonsai scissors and rake with spade, complete growing directions dimensions: Box is 9.5" square x 3.25" tall about: Elegantly understated, this bonsai forest pairs clean lines and industrial materials with the ancient art of miniature gardening.

Bonsai Forest Kit: Dawn Redwood

This kit includes everything needed to grow and sculpt trees into works of living art: seedling training pots, tree and moss seed, seed-starting wafers, growing medium, and river stones. Since the trees grow from seeds, you get complete control over their styling, and you get to enjoy each stage of their growth.

The Dawn redwood trees that grow from this kit are an ancient tree related to the coastal redwoods of California. This kit makes a great gift. Garden Maker: Organic Herbs. Manufacture:

Garden Maker: Organic Herbs

Lasagna Gardening 101. There's no hard and fast rules about what to use for your layers, just so long as it's organic and doesn't contain any protein (fat, meat, or bone).

Lasagna Gardening 101

Before I go any further, let me just say that the basics of making garden lasagnas are simple: Don't remove the sod or do any extra work, like removing weeds or rocks.Mark the area for your garden using a water hose or a long rope to get the desired shape.Cover the area you've marked with wet newspapers, overlapping the edges (5 or more sheets per layer).Cover the paper with one to two inches of peat moss or other organic material. Layer several inches of organic material on top of the peat moss.Continue to alternate layers of peat moss and organic material, until desired thickness is reached.Water until the garden is the consistency of a damp sponge.Plant, plant, plant and mulch, mulch, mulch.

You need less loose material to plant in than you might think. In the spring of '98, I layered an area where a dog pen had stood for years. Indoor Gardening - Grow Herb Plants Inside on your Windowsill. You can bring your herb garden indoors for the winter, by planting a windowsill garden. Many herb plants grow quite easily in containers and require only minimal care. However there are a couple of extra considerations, when growing them indoors. The first is ensuring they get enough sun to grow lush and healthy. Secondly, to have enough to really enjoy in your cooking, you'll need large plants and pots, so make sure you have enough space to keep them. If you do, you'll be snipping fresh herbs in your kitchen throughout the winter.

Difficulty: Average Time Required: 20 Minutes Here's How: Make sure you have a sunny windowsill, where your herbs will survive. Tips: Choose herbs that don't grow too wide or tall. What You Need.