Archive for Herbs

Growing Expectations planted its first organic garden this summer using seeds from heirloom plants. As the tomatoes ripened into yellow, green, purple, and veined, we served them to various guests. When asked why they were not red and strange looking, we responded that they were heirloom varieties. Heirloom vegetables are know for their nutrition, flavor and varieties. Many people had never heard the term “heirloom”. I decided to include this article from ScienceDaily defining heirloom plants so that those of my readers who had never seen or heard of them would become more knowledgeable.  Read More→
Aug
02

Thinking in the Box

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By Nina Browne

Stepping out our front doors, we urbanites are often met by concrete pavement and brick walls. But looking up—if we’re lucky—we can feast our eyes on surprising splashes of life growing in window boxes.

When I planted my first window box, the only thing that grew was my embarrassment. But my experiments provided fodder for conversation with more knowledgeable neighbors. Before we knew it, a trend began, and our block’s window boxes helped us reach the finals in the Greenest Block in Brooklyn Contest. Read More→

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I found this wonderful article on gardening for kids by Melissa and it was on a Canadian gardening site called The Garden Post.

IMG_6780 I have grown to love gardening . Not only is it relaxing and rewarding, but it is also a great learning tool for children. My boys have grown to love our garden as much (or even more) than I do. I think it is a good lesson for them to learn to care and take responsibility of maintaining a garden. It also helps them understand where their food comes from, and can help them try new foods (and have fun in the kitchen!)

However, I know that all plants are not created equal and therefore are harder than others. So, here is a list of 3 types of plants that should be easy to grow for kids (and beginners): Read More→

May
25

Tips on Urban Gardening

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This is the best article on urban gardening that I have seen on urban gardening.  It was written by Marie Iannotti, an about.com guide.

Just because you live in a city doesn’t mean you don’t love and long for plants. Not everyone can have a full blown garden, but with some creativity, you can bring the garden to the city. Whatever size space you are working with, the following urban gardening ideas can put your green thumb to work.

Blooming City Window BoxPhoto: ©Marie Iannotti
1. Are you ready for an urban garden?

There’s nothing unusual about urban gardening – gardeners will find a spot to plant some seeds just about anywhere and city dwellers are some of the most creative. However there are some considerations that urban gardeners have to take into account, like hauling water and radient heat from so much concrete. Here’s a look at questions, concerns and challenges facing the urban gardener. Read More→

Indoor plants die more often from overwatering than being irrigated less frequently or under watering. Beginning gardeners tend to love their plants to death. This applies to plants such as geraniums, herbs, tropical, and foliage plants, in fact just about any plant that you can grow indoors. This landscaping tip for indoor plants does not involve any high–tech tools, it only requires your finger. Touch the soil with a finger, if it comes away dry then water the plant thoroughly until water pours out the bottom of the pot. If your finger comes away damp, then walk away and do not water. Watering when the plant does not require water will drown the roots and lead to premature plant death. Remember that these are not the bog plants, they are foliage plants and while they may not appreciate bone–dry conditions, they will die under swampy conditions. Many of our indoor plants are also struggling with low light levels during our winter months, and they are slowing down their growth rates. As they go to sleep, and you increase the watering, you are adding stress, more stress than they deserve, to their lives. For more information and other garden videos about beginner gardening topics please see www.beginner-gardening.com or contact me at susan@interiorofficeplants.com.

Apr
19

Gardening With A Purpose

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Spring is synonomous with garden. When we hear spring is coming , our minds picture flowers, vegetables and a bursts of color. The winter has been long, cold and dreary. Now we get excited about getting our gardens ready for planting. From an article from SeedBank.us here’s a glimpse of what Susan McCoy, garden trend spotter, and others see for 2011.

.Nine out of 10 households want to manage their lawns and gardens in an environmentally friendly way, according to the National Gardening Association. “Gardens continue to reflect awareness of how our landscapes enhance and improve the environment around us,” Patricia St. John, president of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers,said of this trend. Read More→

Mar
27

How to Grow Herbs Indoors

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Marie Ianotti from About.com  has put together a great article on how to grow herbs indoors.  Although it is March, it is still too early in many parts of the country to plants outdoors. Also many of us live in apartments and do not have a place outdoors where we can plant.  Regardless of your constraints, you can have herbs growing all year round by planting a windowsill garden. And if you prefer them planted outside in the summer, you can bring them in in the fall, put then in pots and place them on your windowsill.  Many herb plants grow quite easily in containers and require only minimal care. You’ll be snipping fresh herbs in your kitchen and outside throughout the year. Read More→
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