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The Skinny Gourmet: Ten Mistakes New Herb Gardeners Make (and How to Avoid Them!)

The Skinny Gourmet: Ten Mistakes New Herb Gardeners Make (and How to Avoid Them!)
So you're thinking of herb gardening, or maybe you tried it last year and it was an utter disaster? Have no fear. There are a few simple mistakes that many herb newbies make (and I know, because I made most of 'em myself). Master these simple and practical tips for herb gardening and you'll be using your own fresh herbs like Mario Batali in no time. Fresh herbs are one of the greatest ways to increase the taste of your food healthfully. Let it be known that I have the blackest of thumbs. It surprises me how often I bump into friends who are flummoxed about some aspect of herb gardening. Mistake 1: Growing from seed. Mistake 4: Not cutting early and often. Mistake 5: Taking the leaves from the wrong place. Mistake 6: Letting your plants get too randy. Related:  GardenGardeninghealth

10 Tips for Growing Strawberries Like a Boss | Ten at the Table This is our third year growing strawberries as well as our third year of research. The first year was a complete and utter failure. We weren’t “gardeners” at the time so we didn’t water it, weed it, feed it, or make sure not to step on/drive over it. But still didn’t tend much to our strawberries, and got literally 2 berries off of our three plants. We tried lots of things that were supposed to make them produce like crazy, but not all of them worked for me. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. I hope I was able to help some of you guys with these tips! Organic Gardens Network™: 66 Things You Can Grow In Containers Growing your own food is exciting, not only because you get to see things grow from nothing into ready-to-eat fruits and veggies, but you also don't have to worry about the pesticides they might contain, and you definitely cut down on the miles they -- and you -- have to travel. As it turns out, with pretty minimal effort, anyone can be a gardener. My boyfriend and I are essentially first-timers this season and so far have the beginnings of strawberries peeking out, tomatoes are on their way, the basil's about ready for a big batch of pesto, and once the last frost hits, the peppers, kale, spinach, chard, and mesclun will be on their way, too. All on a tiiiny little terrace (with the help of a little DIY carpentry). If you're up to the challenge -- and it really isn't much of one -- growing your own food can be so rewarding. And so much cheaper! Here's a starter list of all the crazy things even urban gardeners, without space for a garden, can grow at home.Tree Fruits - Including Apples

How to get Superpowered Garden Soil Ya’ know what makes me happy? Dirt. I’m not talkin’ about crappy dirt on the side of the road, I’m talkin’ about real, dark, rich & moist dirt. The kind you can dig your fingers into. The kind that when you kneel on it, feels soft and squishy. Know what I’m talkin’ about? Well, if you don’t know what I’m talkin’ about, or you’ve never experienced fabulous dirt, then you’ve come to the right place. Know that brown thumb you’re always complainin’ about? Determining your Soil’s Superpower Capabilities The first thing you must do is find out what kind of soil you have to work with.Is it sandy? Here’s how you find out: Image courtesy of Homesteady ( I’ll wait here while you determine your soil type. Now that you’ve figured out what type of soil you have, let’s go over what all that means: Clay soil is opposite of our sandy soil. Silt is a perfect combination of particles allowing for proper watering and proper draining. Getting your Garden Soil “just right” Share

Square Foot Gardening in South Africa | Square Foot Garden Plant Spacing Guides Now that you have your boxes built and the grids put on, it’s quite easy to visualise the plants growing in it. Maybe you’ve decided to have a trellis along the back or on the end of the box for your vine plants to grow vertically. A good idea is to have your vines at the back (or on one end), bigger and bushier plants in the middle and the smaller leaf and root plants in the front so that you don’t have to battle to reach through a big bushy plant to tend to and harvest your middle squares. You can also alternate your vegetable squares with a few companion flower squares to keep the bugs away and to add a bit of colour to your Square Foot Garden box. Plant Spacing You will see on the back of all seed packets, a spacing guide which usually indicates a recommended ‘Thin To‘ or ‘Final Spacing‘ measurement. Plant Sizes Think of the plants as if they were shirt sizes – They come in small, medium, large and extra large sizes. Dividing the Squares & Sowing the Seed

Apple Mint (Mentha Suaveolens) - Uses, Health Benefits and Pictures Apple mint is a perennial herb plant that grows tall and is sometimes called the woolly mint. It is a member of the mint genus Mentha. This herb is generally grown as a culinary herb or ground cover. Scientific Name The scientific name for Apple Mint is Mentha Suaveolens. History This herb was often found growing on the ruins of old monasteries. Apple Mint Description Here is a complete description of this aromatic herb. Height: This herb grows tall to a height of 40-100 cm and spread as broad foliage. Leaves: Bright green in color. Flowers: Light purple to pinkish in color and appears during mid to late summer. Scent: the leaves when brushed give out a sweet scent that seems like a cross between spearmint and apples. Flavor: They leaves have a slight fruity flavor. Habitat & Distribution Apple mint grows well in the temperate regions of the world. Apple Mint Photo Health Benefits Apple mint leaves have certain medicinal properties. Edible Uses How to Cook? Apple Mint Picture How to Store? Where to Buy?

Make Your Own Fertilizer Learn how to make your own fertilizer, and keep your garden green without spending a lot of green. Here are several great homemade fertilizer recipes to try: Epsom Salt Fertilizer Photo Credit: Erin Huffstetler Use in Place of: Houseplant food Vegetable fertilizer Rose plant food What You Need: 1 Tablespoon Epsom Salt 1 gallon water A watering can What You Do: 1. Why This Works: Epsom salt is made up of magnesium and sulfate – both vital plant nutrients. Coffee Ground Fertilizer Rose plant food Used coffee grounds A cookie Sheet Newspaper 1. Note: Be careful not to over do it with the grounds. Coffee grounds are rich in nitrogen, magnesium, and potassium – all important plant nutrients. Egg Shell Fertilizer Lime Egg Shells A blender 1. Eggs shells are made up almost entirely of calcium carbonate – the main ingredient in agricultural lime. Vinegar Fertilizer Houseplant fertilizer Rose plant food 1 Tablespoon white vinegar 1 gallon water A watering can 1. Fish Tank Water Fertilizer Any fertilizer 1. 1.

Milkcrate Composter (vertically stacked) How to make a vertically stacked composter using milkcrates. This instructable is based on Terracotta home composter by artworker and the creators of the terracotta composter, Daily Dump ( ) When I saw the terracotta composter, I though it was the most brilliant composter I have ever seen. Then I though of the perfect substitute, a milkcrate! The only down is the aesthetic of it, the terracotta pots are so beautiful. So here's my milkcrate composter!

How to Make a Square Foot Garden | Alberta Home Gardening I’d like to introduce you to a new way of gardening. It’s called square foot gardening. I planted my first square foot garden last year and I’m hooked. Here’s the basic gist: Most gardens are planted in long rows separated by three foot aisles. Using the square foot gardening method, you divide a 4′ x 4′ box into sixteen 1 foot square gardens. #1. It doesn’t matter what kind of soil you have, because you won’t be using it. Peat MossCompostVermiculite Just mix these three ingredients in equal proportions and you have the finest soil you could imagine. #2. Yup, that’s right. #3. Your square foot garden takes up only 20% of the space required by a traditional garden. #4. I just built two square foot gardens this spring and here were my costs: Lumber: Free (I used scrap)Vermiculite: $20Peat Moss: $8Compost: $20 Total: $48 for two – $24 each. Of course with your own lumber and your own compost, you could cut that cost down to $14 each. Required Materials Building the Square Foot Garden

diynetwork Choose Between Two Growing Methods Most catalogues list two basic types of strawberries: June-bearing and everbearing. June-bearing strawberries produce a huge crop of berries in late spring or early summer, then may produce a few berries here and there for the rest of the season. Everbearing strawberries produce a good-sized crop in spring, but then they continue to produce berries regularly up until frost. In most climates, gardeners can plant strawberries as perennials. By carefully managing a strawberry patch, a gardener growing strawberries as perennials can have berries for years to come, without ever having to buy another strawberry plant. Strawberry plants that are to be treated as annuals are planted closer together than those that are left to grow as perennials. With the annual system, the strawberry plants are dug up and discarded after the harvest, and gardeners replant a crop of new, disease-free berries each year.

$300 Underground Greenhouse Grows Produce Year-Round, Even in Severe Climates | Wake Up World By Carolanne Wright Contributing Writer for Wake Up World With staggering food prices and shortages looming, there’s no better time to grow your own produce. Sadly, most greenhouses are expensive to build and impractical to heat during cold, wintery conditions. Thankfully, a solution is found with the Walipini. Developed for South American mountainous regions over twenty years ago, it allows edibles to be grown year-round – even in the most inhospitable weather. Unlimited growing season Known as a pit or underground greenhouse, the Walipini utilizes the advantages of passive solar heating along with earth sheltering properties. “The Walipini, in simplest terms, is a rectangular hole in the ground 6′ to 8′ deep covered by plastic sheeting. The Institute continues with an explanation of how the earth acts like a battery, storing heat during the day while releasing it during cooler nighttime temperatures: Sources for this article include:

How To Use Diapers To Create Super Growing Potting Soil - One of the most difficult gardening tasks is managing the water your plants receive. You can easily and cheaply provide the “perfect” mix of soil and water to your plants by taking advantage of diapers amazing absorbency. Filling a diaper with water to its capacity and mixing with fresh soil produces one of the best potting mixes available, full of water and oxygen and nutrients, everything a healthy plant needs. Learn more about using the super-absorbent power of diapers with plants in the video below: Begin with this life changing eBook where you will find: Natural Home Remedies - Discover how to live a healthier life with more natural remedies to treat illness you can make at home using natural ingredients like coconut oil, apple cider vinegar and honey. Every month there are things to do in the garden and November is no different. As the season changes the - garden - is a wonderful place to hang out with lots to do!