Harvesting and drying herbs-Herbal Planting

Harvesting and drying herbs- Herbal Planting When drying herbs it is important that the watery element should evaporate, leaving behind the fragrant essential oils which contain many other components as well. The reason that dried herbs have a stronger taste than fresh herbs is because the oils are concentrated in the shrunken, demoisturised leaves. In cooking, If you are using dried herbs instead of fresh herbs, use only half the...

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Planting Herb in Containers-Herbal Planting

Planting Herb in Containers-Herbal Planting Many people living   in units have little or no garden in which to grow their favourite plants, much as they would like to. Herbs are easily grown in containers, provided they have plenty of sun and air, such as on a balcony or a window sill. Herbs should never be treated as indoor plants otherwise they will become disappointingly leggy and yellow, them die. There...

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Companion planting: Advantages and impact of companion planting

Companion planting: Advantages and impact of companion planting Plants and trees, whatever their size, are all individual, each one being a composition of  many complex parts, besides the roots, trunks, stems, leaves, flowers, bark or   fruit that are visible to the naked eye. Within the   make-up of the plant or tree are fine substances that are either alien to other plants, trees and countless insects, or they are sympathetic to...

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Bible Gardens- History of Herb Gardens

Bible Gardens- History of Herb Gardens We have always intended to create a “Bible garden”, especially after reading about one in an overseas magazine some time ago. Like a Shakespeare garden, the herbs, flowers and trees of a Bible garden need notices next to them with the appropriate quotations and the name of the herb clearly written on them. A garden such as this need not be large, although the...

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A Shakespeare Garden- History of Herb Gardens

A Shakespeare Garden- History of Herb Gardens Shakespeare had a countryman’s joy and delight in the herbs and flowers of hedgerows, meadows and gardens, with which he was so familiar during his rural upbringing. He loved them for the sake of their beauty, meaning and perfume, and wove many of them into his plays and sonnets. We made a Shakespeare garden some years ago and beside each herb and flower...

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Suggestions for Making an Herb Garden- History of Herbs Gardens

Suggestions for Making an Herb Garden- History of Herbs Gardens A simple, neat herb garden is one that is about four metres square, well- drained, and situated in a sunny position. The bed should be prepared by digging in plenty of leaf mould and mushroom or household compost. Add a small amount of coarse river sand if the soil is heavy. If on the other hand the soil is sandy,...

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Herb Gardens- History of Herb Gardens

Herb Gardens- History of Herbs Gardens When human beings lived a nomadic existence in an uncivilized state, it was necessary to collect wild plants, berries and roots for food. When they became ill, Instinct led them to the grasses and leaves that had curative properties, in the same way as animals do. When people began to stay in one place long enough to make dwelling, garden, however small, became an...

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History of Herbs in early England- History of Herbs

History of Herbs in early England- History of Herbs It is believed that there were ancient herbal writings which were destroyed during the Danish invasions. Old manuscripts on the subject, now in safe- keeping in Britain, are the 10th century Leech Book of Bald and the Saxon translations of the Herbarium of Apuleius. These documents bear out the knowledge that the use of herbs dated from the earliest times. Certain...

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Ways to propagating herbs- Root division: Propagating herbs

Propagating herbs- Root division Growing herbs by root division in the easiest way to propagate, provided you have a large stock plant that can be spared to do this. The mints are usually increased from root division, as some varieties send out runners which make roots at each leaf node. When dividing a plant, make sure that every piece you take has some rootlets attached to it. When the clump...

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Ways to propagating herbs-Taking Cuttings:Propagating herbs

Propagating herbs: Taking Cuttings Plants that must be grown from cut things are a little more difficult to propagate, and judgment is needed as to which time of the season is best. This can vary from one year to the next, according to the weather. The best time to take most cuttings is in late spring after the earlier growth has hardened the new shoots. If the cutting is too...

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Ways to propagating herbs-Sowing seeds:Propagating herbs

Propagating herbs: Sowing seeds  Herbs are sown in spring. In climates where winters are mild, some may be sown again in the autumn. Seeds of most annuals can be sown directly into their permanent position in a prepared bed perennials, being much slower growers, fare better if seeds are sown into containers filled with a fine potting mixture where they can be more easily cared for until they are 2...

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Propagating herbs-Ways to propagating herbs (by seed, cuttings, or by root division)

Propagating herbs There are many people who are keen cooks and who would like to sue fresh herbs form their gardens or be able to make herb teas and simple remedies, potpourris and pomanders. But they may not feel they are competent gardeners – “I haven’t got green fingers, only a purple thumb,’ they say! For those people the solution would be to buy established plants form a nursery and...

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