Ginger is a herbaceous perennial which grows annual stems over a meter tall, bearing narrow green leaves and yellow flowers. Its rhizome, ginger root or simply ginger, is widely used as a spice or a folk medicine. Originating in the tropical jungles in Southern Asia, ginger does not survive frost …Read More »
As a gardener who uses herbs, you know that herbs are so versatile. Herbs have it all: interesting foliage, attractive flowers and heady scents. There are herbs that will suit any garden, whatever the style and size. Herbs are adaptable plants to a wide range of climates. Many of them require a sunny location, but some species will thrive in partial shade. Most herbs are leafy plants and they come in a wide palette of leaf shape and texture and in a wide array of hues, from gray to green and blue. Also many herbs offer colorful blooming displays.Read More »
Leaves and flowers of many herbs that we grow in our gardens attract winged wildlife. The most important garden pollinators: bees, butterflies and hummingbirds will find herbs both delicious and alluring. A diverse herb collection will help them to find in your garden nectar, pollen and larvae food source. Also avoid using chemicals in your garden.Read More »
An edible garden should be also nice, so we use flowers for that. But we could use flowers that are edible too. Also many edible plant are having edible flowers that we can use in the kitchen. Anyway, don’t imagine you can have a whole meal consisting of flowers. Many of them are used as garnish, to add color in salads or drinks, but there are some that can be cooked or used for making syrups or jelly. A list of most common edible flowers you will find below:Read More »
If you like to use fresh herbs when cooking and you keep buying them maybe you should start thinking how to propagate them and stop buying so many. Many of the herbs that we currently use for cooking can be easily propagate in water.Read More »
Spearmint is a herbaceous rhizomatous perennial that grow 30-100 cm tall. Being a perennial plant, it will return to your garden year after year. It has hairy stems and foliage and a wide-spreading fleshy underground rhizome. The leaves are 5-9 cm long and 1.5-3 cm broad, with a serrated margin. Spearmint produces flowers in slender spikes, each flower pink or white, 2.5-3 mm long and broad. Spearmint is probably the best loved of all of the herbal mints grown in the home garden due to its delightful scent and beautiful lavender colored flowers. Hybrids involving spearmint include: Peppermint, Ginger Mint, Large Apple Mint and few more.
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You can grow your own herbs from seeds. It is easy to collect your own seeds from most herbs grown in your garden. You can sow the seeds in containers or directly in the open ground in drills if you need larger quantities. Herbs seeds may also be sown direct into the cracks between paving stones where it would be difficult to insert mature plants. If you are sowing herbs seeds indoors and then transplant the young plants out you need to prepare a fine seedbed for these seedlings. Spring is the best time to sow seeds but some annual herbs may also be sown in early autumn.Read More »
There is always confusion about the difference between oregano and marjoram. Marjoram is the common English name for the Origanum species, but Origanum vulgare or wild marjoram is widely known as oregano and Origanum onites, also known as pot marjoram is sometimes called Greek oregano. There is also Origanum majorana, known as sweet marjoram.Read More »
A knot garden always makes a stunning feature as the pattern is very satisfying to the eye. The historic ideal consisted of four elements, each of a different pattern, but you can start with something simpler in the beginning. Start with a small area, about 3-4 square meters will be large enough to contain an interesting pattern.
Remember that this kind of design looks best if viewed from above so be careful when you choose the place for your knot garden. A best place and also an interesting feature will be in the center of a sunken garden. Make sure you choose a sunny position as well and a well-drained soil. To do the job effectively you need to choose evergreen plants with small leaves, dense growth and the ability to withstand close clippings.Read More »
Winter is the season when there is nothing much to do outside during the cold months. You can stay inside and plan the garden for the next year and ordering seed catalogues. Also you can clean the equipment to have it ready for the springtime.Read More »