Monday, September 27

Gardening

How to grow herbs for winter
Gardening

How to grow herbs for winter

If you want to be generous with fresh herbs – not a sprinkle of this or that, but fistfuls of pungent leafy greens or tender sprigs plucked seconds before the dish needs them – then you need to grow your own. It’s the volatile oils in herbs that make them interesting to cook with and these are lost to the air every time the plant is bruised or bashed. Those wrapped in plastic packages in the supermarket are ghosts of their former selves, to say little of the environmental cost of the refrigeration and transport. September is such a kind month to establish perennial plants: the soil is often warm and wet, and there’s time enough before the nights draw in for the plants to get their roots down. This goes for herbs as much as anything else. If you haven’t got a herb garden, this is the perfe...
Six common herbs, spices and plants to keep spiders at bay
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Six common herbs, spices and plants to keep spiders at bay

It’s spider mating season - and people are searching ‘how to get rid of spiders’ on the web. But two popular herbs could hold the key to keeping them out of your home and garden. The experts at GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk have compiled a list of tricks that can help dissuade the eight-legged critters from hanging around in your pad - indoors and outdoors. Mint and basil could be your unlikely allies if you want to discourage spiders from your house and garden. A spokesman for GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk said: “September sees the beginning of the spider mating season, so people will find more spiders in their home than usual. “It is usually the male species that they see out and about looking for partners to mate with. Read the story at Bristol Post.
Grow tasty herbs indoors with this Siri-enabled smart garden
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Grow tasty herbs indoors with this Siri-enabled smart garden

Gardening is one of my favorite hobbies, but I live in a hot and humid climate, which limits what I can grow and when. Since most of the herbs in my outdoor garden bed can’t keep up with Florida’s blistering summer heat, I decided to check out the Edn SmallGarden, which promises quick and easy indoor gardening. Here at Reviewed, we've tested other similar indoor growing systems like AeroGarden, a popular hydroponic option, and Gardyn, an eye catching, vertical smart garden. However, Edn stands out from the pack, as it integrates with Apple HomeKit, meaning you can use Siri voice control to help your garden grow. The smart garden once appeared on an episode of Shark Tank. While it didn’t get any bites from big investors, the Edn SmallGarden has gained online popularity, giving gardeners ...
How to Dry the Herbs You’ve Grown in Your Garden, on the Patio, or in a Window Box
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How to Dry the Herbs You’ve Grown in Your Garden, on the Patio, or in a Window Box

Fresh herbs are essential to summer cooking. Even gardeners with a humble window box of parsley, rosemary, and basil quickly learn that these herbs are enough to make even simple dishes really shine without too much fuss. But as fall approaches (and so does the first frost), how can you make the most of your herbs so nothing goes to waste? Dried herbs are a pantry staple, and they're incredibly easy to make at home with whatever you have on hand. Woody, earthy dried herbs are the best for cooking with, as their flavors intensify and adds so much to poultry dishes, soups, stews, and braises. Oregano, thyme, rosemary, sage, and bay leaves are all options that dry well. Tender herbs, while you may see them available dried in jars at the grocery store, are truly best when enjoyed fresh. ...
‘Might not grow!’ Gardening expert shares warning over buying supermarket herbs
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‘Might not grow!’ Gardening expert shares warning over buying supermarket herbs

Supermarket herbs in the grocery section can look lush and green when you first buy them. However, many Britons will have experienced the moment when those windowsill herbs begin to wilt, turn yellow and die. Supermarket herbs in the grocery section are a cost-effective way to add flavour to some of your favourite dishes, but they aren’t always grown to stay alive. Owner of Gardening Express, Chris Bonnett, exclusively told Express.co.uk that supermarket herbs are a “use once” product that “might not” continue to grow. He explained: “The herbs you buy in the supermarket are basically a ‘use once’ sort of product. “If you’re lucky, they might re-grow. “They’re grown very intensively, very fast in artificial conditions in greenhouses and things. Read more at Express.co.uk....
Gardening expert shares how to deter pests using ‘natural’ methods – ‘knock them off!’
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Gardening expert shares how to deter pests using ‘natural’ methods – ‘knock them off!’

Mr Plant Geek AKA Michael Perry is Rowse Honey’s gardening expert. Michael spoke exclusively to Express.co.uk about how to deter pests from the garden using “natural” methods. Pests like aphids, slugs and snails can wreak havoc in even the most well-maintained gardens. Keeping them at bay will ensure your plants remain happy and healthy. To help deter pests, Mr Plant Geek recommended encouraging wildlife to regularly visit your garden. He said: “If you’re attracting lots of different wildlife into your garden then you’re going to create a really good ecosystem. “If you’ve got slugs for example, and if you’ve got lots of birds that are being attracted to the garden then potentially they’re going to feed on the slugs.” Read more at Express.co.uk
Kylie Jenner shows off incredible backyard with chicken coop and herb garden
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Kylie Jenner shows off incredible backyard with chicken coop and herb garden

Kylie Jenner has given fans another peek into her incredible backyard, showing glimpses of a chicken coop and a generous herb garden. The reality star has shared some snaps of her beautiful outdoor space before, after sharing peeks of a play area for her daughter Stormi, who she shares with rapper Travis Scott, along with a gorgeous orange tree, filled to the brim with the fruit. We thought her lavish home in the Holmby Hills in Los Angeles couldn’t get any dreamier. That was until the mum-of-one shared her latest stream of snaps. Just this week Kylie revealed pictures of her adorable chicken coop and shots of her herb garden. In the new images, the 23 year old, showed her 251 million Instagram followers footage of three chickens clucking away happily in their pen. She later revealed ...
How to grow your own herbs this summer to boost your zero-waste efforts
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How to grow your own herbs this summer to boost your zero-waste efforts

Many Brits have turned to gardening over the pandemic. The pasttime has seen a surge in popularity being voted as the second most popular activity to do during lockdown according to research by GlobalData. As well as providing you with kitchen staples growing herbs can also help boost your zero-waste efforts - here’s how. Budding gardeners and the environmentally-conscious have been taking to veggie patches across the country. Sad bunches of shop-bought herbs can quickly go over not to mention they are often wrapped in wasteful single-use plastic. Why not grow your own to make sure you have a plentiful supply all year round by growing your own. If you have access to a garden, allotment or even just a windowsill you can start to grow your own delicious fresh herbs this summer. Read mor...
How to grow herbs indoors
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How to grow herbs indoors

Growing herbs indoors is a wonderful – not just because of their culinary, therapeutic and aromatherapy uses, but also because they offer myriad leaf shapes, colors, textures and fragrances for creating delightful potted displays. Once you know how to grow herbs indoors, you can enjoy these many benefits year round. Whether you have little or no space for outdoor herb garden ideas, simply want to keep herbs on your kitchen windowsill for use in cooking, transforming dishes and salads with their unique flavors, would like to keep a lavender plant in your bedroom to aid sleep or a container of scented lemon balm in your hallway to welcome in guests, this advice will help you do so successfully. Growing and using herbs for their therapeutic properties is also becoming more popular. 'People ...
Herbal garden made by Student Police Cadets turns into mini forest
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Herbal garden made by Student Police Cadets turns into mini forest

The student police cadets of Vithura VHSS are excited to see the small herbal garden, which they nurtured in the police station compound, turning into a mini herbal forest. The saplings were planted in the 10-cent land in Vithura Janamaithri police station compound as part of planting 10 lakh plants in connection with the 10th anniversary of Student Police Cadet (SPC) programme. The student police managed to till the land and planted the saplings at equal distance. They did not forget to make a fence around the plants and water them regularly even amid tight schedule of service and studies. Now they are happy to see the plants growing taller than them. Vetiver, five types of holy basil, long pepper, African coriander and several other medicinal herbs are growing in the garden here. The ...