Tuesday, October 27

Gardening

How to Create Your Own Herbal Tea Garden
Gardening

How to Create Your Own Herbal Tea Garden

The tea garden — a typically modest plot dedicated to the growing of herbs and flowers for steeping — has its roots in ancient herbalist traditions and helped lay the foundation for modern botany. According to “The Gardener’s Companion to Medicinal Plants,” a 2016 guide to home remedies, the study of herbal medicine can be traced back 5,000 years, to the Sumerians of southern Mesopotamia, who listed the names of hundreds of plants — including fennel, mint, thyme, sage, myrtle and marjoram — on clay tablets that were later rediscovered in what is now Iraq. Modern scholars believe that the Sumerians used what they grew in medicinal preparations such as tea infusions that were intended to treat ailments from toothache to inflammation. Keep reading at NY Times
Top five upcycle ideas for backyard vegetable gardens
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Top five upcycle ideas for backyard vegetable gardens

This emerging trend is now making its way to the garden, with more Aussies getting creative with old household belongings to create their own unique veggie patch. "Not only does upcycling your old items save unnecessary waste making its way into landfill, it can also save you money," says Narelle Peart from Scotts Performance Naturals. "There are items that may surprise you lying around the house that, with a little love and care can make a standard backyard unique." For those looking to get creative, Narelle has compiled her top five upcycling ideas for the backyard veggie garden: Colander hanger: If you have an old colander you're no longer using, try turning it into a mini hanging garden. Colander hangers give your veggie garden a rustic look and are great for showing off th...
You can have fresh herbs, even in winter
Gardening

You can have fresh herbs, even in winter

Make your meals just a bit more special with homegrown garnishes. You invest time and money growing, purchasing, and preparing quality ingredients. But do not stop there. Add a nutritional and decorative flair as you plate your meal by adding a garnish of homegrown herbs. • Parsley. This traditional garnish is usually left behind on the plate, but the dark green leaves should not be ignored. This herb is high in Vitamin C and A, has cancer and inflammatory disease fighting qualities, and promotes heart health. A perfect fit for your healthful eating goals. Although the curly varieties add texture to your plantings and plate, you and your guests may find the milder flavor of the flat leafed variety more palatable. All this and it helps freshen your breath too. Read more
Grow These Kitchen Herbs as Indoor Plants to Enhance the Taste of Your Food
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Grow These Kitchen Herbs as Indoor Plants to Enhance the Taste of Your Food

Having your own kitchen herb garden is much healthier and saves money at the same time. Just creating small pots of the kitchen herbs that you can put on the windowsill, dining table or balcony can be a lot easier for making fresh aroma for the dishes. The fresh herbs found in your own house makes the recipe taste even better. You can use them in making more flavorous soups, stews, and salads. Some of the herbs that you can grow easily to enhance your cooking area are: Basil Basil is an amazing herb to use and comes with a variety of colours and size. This plant is popular in many cuisines, from salads to stir fry dishes. You can plant in a small pot and hang on your balcony with direct sunlight. Pluck the fresh basil leaves to add for more flavour and scent. Get the full list at M...
Gardening guru Tony Smith reveals his top tips on how to start your own vegetable garden
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Gardening guru Tony Smith reveals his top tips on how to start your own vegetable garden

Gardening is an easy and enjoyable pastime that you can do alone or with members of your household, and growing your own fruits and vegetables also lets you avoid those busy supermarkets at the same time. Instead of sitting in front of the TV, why not get out in the fresh air, learn a new skill and improve your mental and physical health, all while growing food for your friends or family! YouTuber Tony Smith recently shared some of his green fingered wisdom with Yahoo UK, telling us everything we need to know on how to get started in the garden. Tony covered a range of topics including how to plant potatoes in a no-dig garden, grow black tomatoes, and why something as simple as a piece of copper can keep those pesky slugs from devouring your cabbages. Continue here
Gardening: Fresh herbs, flowers provide boost to summer beverages
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Gardening: Fresh herbs, flowers provide boost to summer beverages

Whether your drink of choice is a mojito, a gin and tonic or a classic iced tea, chances are it could use some zing from your garden. You might be surprised to learn about the range of edible plants that can enhance special drinks. Many are easy to raise, even for beginners; you might already be growing some of them. So-called cocktail gardens, aka bartender's gardens, are dedicated to the concept of "fresh is best" — often mentioned in connection with locally grown food but equally valid for beverages. They are popping up everywhere, from suburban yards to urban containers and small plots at fancy restaurants. Have a chat with your tastebuds to see what you might like in your own cocktail garden. Keep reading at MSN
How To Set Up an Indoor Herb Garden in Your Kitchen
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How To Set Up an Indoor Herb Garden in Your Kitchen

Whether it’s that you don’t have a backyard or you just want to add a little greenery to your kitchen, setting up an indoor herb garden has so many benefits. Growing your own herbs in your kitchen is a wonderful hobby, promotes healthy and creative cooking and spruces up your interior! Owning and caring for indoor plants has been proven to have a positive impact on your mental health and it doesn’t take much to set up an herb garden in your kitchen. All you need are pots or planters, potting mix and a few small pebbles, baby herbs from your local nursery or seeds to grow the herbs from scratch. Indoor Herb Garden – The Basics Pick a sunny spot, like a windowsill, in your kitchen so the herbs will get enough light to grow and develop their delicious aroma. If your kitchen is on the dar...
10 Herbs for Family Health
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10 Herbs for Family Health

Growing your own healthy herbs in the backyard is a great alternative to over-the-counter cold and first aid medicine. Not only can these plants help with general wellness on a daily basis, but also can be an easy fix for small cuts, used as a calming agent, and boosting your immune system. Have more control of what goes into your body with these 10 herbs to promote natural well-being. The following is an excerpt from The Herbalist’s Way by Nancy Phillips & Michael Phillips. It has been adapted for the web. Growing and wildcrafting my own medicinal herbs and making herbal preparations with them is one of my greatest joys. I’ve become empowered to take charge of my health, to nurture my family’s well-being, and to find myself deeply connected to Earth in the process. Read more...