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Growing Herbs in Pots and Containers

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender July 14, 2012 Posted Tags: , , Comment No Comments
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Herbs are very easy to grow from seeds or from cuttings; they require little maintenance and you can easily grow them in pots and various containers. The different herb seeds can be planted together in a bigger hanging basket or window box, but make sure that you grow the invasive species like mint and lemon balm in separate pots. You can have a herb garden on your patio or inside on the windowsill too. Annual herbs are most suited for container growing, as these herbs are tender, and the herb seeds need quite warm climate to germinate successfully. These are my basil seedlings, germinated in a couple of days in the greenhouse. Containers You can plant your herbs in anything from hanging baskets to window boxes, old buckets, large tin containers or even an old unused wheelbarrow

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Growing Oregano and Marjoram – are they the same?

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender June 9, 2012 Posted Tags: , , Comment No Comments
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Oregano – Origanum vulgare and Sweet Marjoram - Origanum majorana are two different species with similar taste and appearance. They are both from the Mediterranean region. Oregano is a perennial here in the UK too and has a stronger flavour than marjoram which is grown as an annual. They both used on pizzas and in tomato based dishes. Oregano is mostly used in its dried form as the leaves are very small and have a strong flavour and has many different cultivars which are slightly vary in appearance. Oregano is often called wild marjoram and has pink or purple flowers which are also edible. To add to the confusion there is an other kind of marjoram Origanum onites – pot marjoram which is just like oregano. Sweet marjoram has a milder taste and larger leaves, better suited for fresh use

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How to grow parsley from seeds

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender June 2, 2012 Posted Tags: , Comment 2 Comments
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Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) is native to the Mediterranean region and it is a herbaceous biennial. It means that the plants will produce seeds the second year of their life. The first year they will produce the delicious foliage only, the second year in early summer the plants will grow flower spikes and the usable foliage will be considerably less and not so good tasting. The advice is that sow parsley every year in late spring – early summer and get rid of the plants the second year when they start growing the flowers. You can use the leaves in the second year too in early spring. Parsley is really popular in every British kitchen, useful as a garnish and great in soups, stews, risotto well literally in every meal; I love it. You can grow curly leaved parsley, flat leaf parsley a

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Growing coriander

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender May 25, 2012 Posted Tags: , , Comment 1 Comment
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Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) is native to Southern Europe and North Africa. It is widely used in Asian cooking. Coriander also called cilantro especially in America, because the Spanish word for it is cilantro and it is widely used in Mexican cuisine. It is an annual herb, grown for its leaves and for its seeds. Many dishes mainly the seeds are used as spices rather than the fresh leaves. There are many different coriander varieties out there for example lemon scented one and fine, feather like leaved one, and the ordinary coriander. The leaves vary in shape, lobed broadly at the base and more slender higher on the plant. Coriander grows up to 50 cm tall. After cutting coriander does not keep very well so it is really worth growing your own if you like this somewhat still exotic herb;

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Growing Sage from seeds or from cuttings

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender May 22, 2012 Posted Tags: , Comment 2 Comments
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Sage, would you guess it, an other herb from the Mediterranean and is very popular in meat dishes. Sage and onion stuffing apart, this herb wonderfully complements rich meats like pork and duck. The whole leaves can be laid on joints during roasting, while freshly chopped young leaves often added to kebabs, cheese, pickles or salads. Its tea was drunk in Europe before the other tea arrived from China and it was widely used as a medicinal herb. Sage (Salvia officinalis) is a perennial, woody subshrub, growing about 1m tall, with silky silver leaves and small purple flowers. There are many cultivars of this herb around the world but the most common and hardiest is the common variety and the purple variety is also popular. After flowering the plants should be pruned gently with secateurs,

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Growing Thyme

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender May 16, 2012 Posted Tags: , , Comment 2 Comments
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Thyme is an other Mediterranean herb which is very common in english gardens. Thyme has very attractive foliage, and long-lasting, pretty flowers. Easy to grow and as other Mediterranean herbs is drought tolerant. This perennial grows up to 35 cm tall. Thymol gives the plants their unique flavour and it is antiseptic and an active ingredient in mouthwash. Thyme is widely used to flavour many meat and root vegetable dishes. Very easy to dry herb, and if you grow a few plants in your garden you can even pinch them a bit during the winter. Growing Thyme by dividing Growing thyme is best by dividing existing plants. The plant has to be at least 3 years old. Just dig up your plant and divide the roots and pot them into a pot or just plant them straight where they are to grow. However

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Growing Rosemary from cuttings or from seeds

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender May 10, 2012 Posted Tags: , , Comment 1 Comment
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Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is a woody shrub growing up to 1.8 m tall but normally it grows about 1 metre tall here in the UK; a very hardy plant living up to 20 years. The plant originates from the Mediterranean and it is very tolerant to drought. The name Rosemary comes from Latin rosmarinus which means the dew of the sea; as in the Mediterranean near the sea the plants survive on the humidity alone.   Rosemary is an evergreen shrub and has purple, blue or white flowers and has needle like leaves. Rosemary has got many medicinal and culinary uses thanks to its high level of camphor, carnosic acid, rosmarinic acid and many other bioactive compounds.   Rosemary is drought tolerant and thrives on low fertile soils too, and my favourite thing about rosemary is

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Chives: a perennial favourite

Person Author: Ryan Lewis Calender April 13, 2012 Posted Tags: , , , , Comment No Comments
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I have several favourite perennial herbs but Chives, in all its forms, has to be the one herb that I have planted most, finding homes in at least 5 different locations – a sign that it’s well loved and well used. It’s resilient, largely maintenance free and it doesn’t need a lot, if any care. In fact, it’s so easy to grow that once you have an established clump you can simply divide it and pot it on or add it to another area of the garden or vegetable garden. It’s a truly versatile plant and is happy in most situations as long as it gets a good bit of sun. It makes for a great container plant also and is largely drought tolerant. The beauty of this plant, however, is that it has a dual purpose. Chives are not just delicious, having a light onion or garlic taste, but the

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Growing basil from seeds indoors or outdoors

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender May 26, 2010 Posted Tags: , , , , Comment 1 Comment
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Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is a culinary herb from the family Lamiaceae. Originally native to India where it is cultivated for thousands of years. Basil is a wild plant now in the Mediterranean and used mainly in Italian cuisine, salads, sandwiches. The Italian tomato dishes being so popular here in the UK it is a must to grow some basil together with your tomatoes. Sowing the seeds If you want to grow the herbs on your windowsill the best time is to sow is from March all the way till August. If you planning to transplant the plants outside later on or if you will grow the basil in an unheated greenhouse then wait until late April or even as late as July. I have tried to sow inside in April but the seeds were slow to germinate and basil really needs higher temperatures. And planting

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Calendula officinalis – the forgotten herb and ornamental

Person Author: Lajos Szabo Calender May 19, 2010 Posted Tags: , , , Comment No Comments
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Pot marigold (Calendula officinalis), often called English or garden marigold is most probably native to southern Europe, although its long cultivation history can shade this statement. Commonly grown in every Mediterranean countries and here in the UK too, for centuries. Marigolds grown as hardy annual flower and can easily self sown so don’t be surprised to have the plants appear the next year. The leaves are oblong, 5-10 cm long, slightly waved or toothed and have tiny hairs. Cultivated as a flower in many garden, but can be a really useful herb. The seeds can be sown directly outdoors in May, or propagated in the greenhouse from April. The beautiful seedlings alone worth growing these wonderful plants. The leaves and the petals are edible and used widely in cosmetics, me

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