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Drying Herbs in a Microwave oven-Herbal Planting

Drying Herbs in a Microwave oven- Herbal Planting We sought the advice of an expert on microwave cookery who considers microwave drying a very efficient and quick method of drying herbs. It is advisable to first do a few trial runs, leaving the herbs that have been microwave dried for two or three weeks in airtight containers to establish that they have dried and not developed mould. For future reference,...

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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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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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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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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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History of Herbs in Crete- History of Herbs

History of Herbs in Crete- History of Herbs among the green slopes of Knossos, stepping through some of the partially restored and originally enormous Minoan Palace, where Theseus slew the fearsome Minotaur in the Labyrinth, is an immensely elegant azure- blue monkey, sitting with one “hand” poised above a stylized saffron flower. Apparently monkeys were trained to pluck the orange stigmas form the heart of the saffron crocus because of...

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