Growing Your Own Herbs

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Are you ready to enjoy the constant availability of fresh, delicious herbs to flavor your meals with? If so, you might want to consider planting and maintaining your own herb garden while keeping these simple steps in mind.

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Growing Your Own Herbs

  1. 1. Growing Your Own Herbs<br />withCool Garden Things<br />www.CoolGardenThings.com<br />
  2. 2. Are you ready to enjoy the constant availability of fresh, delicious herbs to flavor your meals with?<br />If so, you might want to consider planting and maintaining your own herb garden while keeping these simple steps in mind.<br />www.CoolGardenThings.com<br />
  3. 3. Choosing a Garden that is Perfect for You<br />First... You’ll want to choose the herbs that you want to plant. <br />Now keep in mind that there is a huge scope of herbs available to do this with. <br />The best way to choose is to simply do this one simple check... just look at what you already have and use in your own kitchen.<br />www.CoolGardenThings.com<br />
  4. 4. By planting your own collection of the herbs you already use, you can not only save money on buying them from the grocery store, you also get the added benefit of freshness. <br />For example, some of the herbs you might start with include rosemary, sage, basil, dill, mint, chives, parsley, and oregano among others.<br />www.CoolGardenThings.com<br />
  5. 5. Important note... <br />When choosing an area to put your new herb garden, you need to remember that the soil should have excellent drainage. <br />Why? <br />Because if the dirt gets watered and stays completely saturated, your chance of ever growing a healthy plant is greatly reduced.<br />www.CoolGardenThings.com<br />
  6. 6. So... <br />One of the best ways to fix the drainage problem is to dig a foot deep hole in the soil, and put a layer of crushed rocks down before replacing all the soil. <br />This allows for all that water to drain out the bottom, thus saving your plants from possible drowning.<br />www.CoolGardenThings.com<br />
  7. 7. Choosing a Garden that is Perfect for You<br />Now... When you are ready to begin planting your herbs, it can be easy to be tempted to buy the more expensive plants from the store. <br />However, with herbs it is much easier to grow them from starting them from seed than it is with many other plants. <br />Therefore you can also save a bundle of money by sticking with only buying the seed packets.<br />One of the more difficult types of gardens to manage is a fruit garden.<br />It&apos;s definitely the most high-maintenance. <br />One of the more difficult types of gardens to manage is a fruit garden.<br />It&apos;s definitely the most high-maintenance. <br />www.CoolGardenThings.com<br />
  8. 8. Also, take notice that some herbs grow at a dangerously fast rate. <br />For example, if you plant a mint plant in an open space then it can easily take over your entire garden in a matter of a few days. <br />So the best way to prevent this problem is to plant the more aggressive plants in pots (with holes in the bottom to allow for proper drainage, of course).<br />www.CoolGardenThings.com<br />
  9. 9. Here&apos;s where it gets spicy...<br />When it comes time to harvest the herbs you have labored so patiently over.<br />It&apos;s important to note that it can be fatal to your plant to take off too much at a time, especially if your plant isn’t well established.<br />www.CoolGardenThings.com<br />
  10. 10. In fact, if the plant isn&apos;t well established, it isn’t healthy to take any leaves at all, even if it looks like its not using them. <br />You should always wait until your plant has been well established for at least several months before taking off any leaves. <br />But don&apos;t worry, this wait will definitely be worth it, because by growing unabated your plant will produce healthily for years to come.<br />www.CoolGardenThings.com<br />
  11. 11. Choosing a Garden that is Perfect for You<br />Once you’ve harvested your delicious home grown herbs, you’ll want to use them in cooking. <br />Why else would you have grown them?<br />Personally I like to use them fresh as much as possible... <br />However, it is not always realistic to use them all when they are ready to harvest.<br />One of the more difficult types of gardens to manage is a fruit garden.<br />It&apos;s definitely the most high-maintenance. <br />One of the more difficult types of gardens to manage is a fruit garden.<br />It&apos;s definitely the most high-maintenance. <br />www.CoolGardenThings.com<br />
  12. 12. So... The first process we can do begins with drying them out. This is easily accomplished by placing them on a cookie sheet and baking them 170 degrees Fahrenheit for 2 to 4 hours.<br />After they’re sufficiently dried, you can consult the nearest cookbook for instructions on using them to effectively flavor any dish. (We like using WellnessWayCafe.com recipes for simple vegetarian fare)<br />www.CoolGardenThings.com<br />
  13. 13. Next, we will want to store our herbs for later usage... you should keep them in a plastic or glass container for this step. <br />Why? because paper or cardboard will not work, because it can absorb the taste of the herbs.<br />www.CoolGardenThings.com<br />
  14. 14. You should also note that during the first few days of storage, you should regularly check the container and see if any moisture has accumulated. <br />If it has, you must remove all the herbs and re-dry them. Because if moisture is still left after the first drying process, it can encourage the growth of mildew while you store your herbs. <br />And nobody likes mildewed herbs.<br />www.CoolGardenThings.com<br />
  15. 15. So if you enjoy herbs, gardening, or both, then you should really consider setting up an herb garden. <br />It might require a little bit of work at first to set it up for optimal drainage, and pick what herbs you want to grow, but after the initial set up, it’s just a matter of harvesting and drying all your favorite and fresh home grown herbs.<br />www.CoolGardenThings.com<br />
  16. 16. Make sure you choose herbs that you use and enjoy…<br />Thanks For Tuning In and Happy Gardening!<br />www.CoolGardenThings.com<br />

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