Thursday, August 13, 2009

Italian Herb Garden

Italian Herb Garden

Grow an Italian Herb Garden today can be easy and fun. These fresh herbs will liven any dish and bring a touch of Italy into your kitchen. Here are a few you might consider.

Rosemary grows very easily on its own. It needs sunlight and well-irrigated area to grow the bluish- green small bushes. Start Rosemary from seeds or from cuttings and let it grow on its own; too much water can kill the plants. The leaves can be cut, as you need them, and will grow back quickly. Rosemary is very aromatic, and wonderful to sprinkle on meats and vegetables.

Sage is more difficult to grow than rosemary. The area must be very sunny and moist. You should grow your sage from cuttings. You begin them indoors and then transplant them about 12 to 18 inches apart. Sage plants also become very thick and less tasty after the 4th year, so you will need to plant new cuttings. Sage is used on meats, vegetables and salads.

Parsley is also an easy plant to grow in direct sunlight or slightly shady areas. You can plant parsley from seeds and it will grow quickly. The leaves taste the best in the first and second year, take the seeds and regularly plant to new parsley plants. Parsley can be used on vegetables, meats, and soups. It also will dress up any plate.

Plant your oregano in sunny well-drained area from other oregano plants' roots and cuttings. You will only need a few plants, because there will be plenty of leaves to cut or even dry for the winter. These plants spread out runners to begin new plants. They are the tastiest when cut before they flower. Oregano is often used with basil and tomato dishes, but it adds flavor and color to salads, fish, vegetables and other meats as well. This is one of the favorites in most Italian herb gardens.

Garlic grows in bulbs easily in any garden. Plant the bulbs with the pointed end down and with 2 or 3 inches between each bulb and clove in the fall. These plants are hardy and will come up in the spring. Harvest them when the leaves turn brown. The cloves should be plump and firm.

Basil needs to be planted in a sunny area from seeds. Pinch off flowers to keep the leaves the most aromatic and tasty. These plants will return in the spring and ready for your marinades and pasta.

These are just the beginning of growing your Italian herb garden. You will find that these are a must to get started with. As you get better at growing herbs in general you can add more each season. Before long you will have a great variety of herbs growing, and be the talk of your family. Have fun with it, and get those herbs growing.

By: Keith Greene Resource:

Monday, August 10, 2009

Growing Herbs In Pots

Great article and website. If you are into gardening or herbs this is some good information. Read and enjoy.

Growing herbs in pots is as enjoyable as it is economical. The ease with which herbs can be grown allows even the most discerning home chef the ability to utilize the freshness that only fresh herbs can deliver to a dish.

Herbs can be easily grown from starter plants that can be purchased at a garden center. Many herbs are also easy to start from seed making them an even more economical choice especially when compared to purchasing fresh herbs in the grocery store.

The requirement of growing herbs in pots will vary from outdoors to indoors. Much of the success will depend on where and when the herbs are grown. Spring, summer, fall and winter will each have their own set of challenges and advantages.

There are a few things that must be done in order to insure that the herb garden is successful and those are necessary whether the herbs in pots are grown indoors or outdoors or a combination of both. Specific plants require specific care so following instructions will be important in order to have herbs that will taste great and grow well.

To get started, there are some basic rules that can apply to every herb container. Watering is a big consideration when growing anything in pots. Plants will dry out much more quickly than plants being grown in the ground. The moisture level must be checked frequently in order to maintain proper moisture so that they do not wilt or get stressed from lack of water.

Regular harvesting and pruning of most herbs promotes vigorous growth. Many herbs continue to grow larger if they are harvested and pruned correctly. By growing herbs in pots it is easy to see when they are looking overgrown for the space that they are being grown in. This is helpful in controlling the size of the plants.

Generally speaking for a single plant, a 10 inch pot with good draining soil will yield a decent harvest of the most common herbs used in every day cooking. Use larger pots if planting more than one plant or a variety of plants in one container. Be sure to also choose plants with similar light and moisture requirements if grouping more than one plant per pot. The instructions will be clear on the plants that are purchased or the seed packages if choosing to start herbs from seed.

Following guidelines for each plant will bring about a successful harvest. By growing herbs in pots, anybody can have a fresh garden in any season and in any location.
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