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Gardening

Gardening: Fresh herbs, flowers provide boost to summer beverages
Gardening, Herbal Recipes

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
Gardening

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
Gardening

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...