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  Best Containers For Growing Herbs
  Culinary Herb Gardening
  Everyone Needs A Spaghetti Garden
  Herb garden ideas
  Ideas for a beautiful herb garden
  Organic Herbal Plants For Better Health
  Tips For Growing a Container Herb Garden
  How to grow African Marigold
  How to grow Ajowan
  How to grow Alfalfa
  How to grow Alkanet
  How to grow Aloe vera
  How to grow American Ginseng
  How to grow Angelica
  How to grow Anise
  How to grow Anise Hyssop
  How to grow Apple Mint
  How to grow Arnica
  How to grow Basil
  How to grow Bay
  How to grow Bergamot
  How to grow Betony
  How to grow Bistort
  How to grow Black Mustard
  How to grow Bog Myrtle
  How to grow Boneset
  How to grow Borage
  How to grow Caraway
  How to grow Catnip
  How to grow Chamomile
  How to grow Chervil
  How to grow Chives
  How to grow Clary
  How to grow Coltsfoot
  How to grow Comfrey
  How to grow Common Chicory
  How to grow Common Elder
  How to grow Common Foxglove
  How to grow Common Hop
  How to grow Common Juniper
  How to grow Common Larkspur
  How to grow Common Lavender
  How to grow Common Milkweed
  How to grow Common Myrtle
  How to grow Common Nettle
  How to grow Common Primrose
  How to grow Common Tansy
  How to grow Common Teasel
  How to grow Common Thyme
  How to grow Common Yarrow
  How to grow Coriander
  How to grow Corn Salad
  How to grow Corsican Mint
  How to grow Costmary
  How to grow Cotton Lavender
  How to grow Cowslip
  How to grow Cumin
  How to grow Curry Plant
  How to grow Dandelion
  How to grow Dill
  How to grow Echinacea
  How to grow Eucalyptus
  How to grow European Pennyroyal
  How to grow Evening Primrose
  How to grow Fat Hen
  How to grow Fenugreek
  How to grow Field Eryngo
  How to grow Field Poppy
  How to grow Flax
  How to grow French Marigold
  How to grow French Sorrel
  How to grow French Tarragon
  How to grow Garlic
  How to grow Garlic Chives
  How to grow Ginger
  How to grow Ginger Mint
  How to grow Globe Artichoke
  How to grow Goat's Rue
  How to grow Gobo
  How to grow Goldenrod
  How to grow Good King Henry
  How to grow Great Mullein
  How to grow Green Mint
  How to grow Heartsease
  How to grow Hemp
  How to grow Hemp Agrimony
  How to grow Herb Fennel
  How to grow Hollyhock
  How to grow Holy Basil
  How to grow Horseradish
  How to grow Hyssop
  How to grow Ice Plant
  How to grow Indian Tobacco
  How to grow Jacob's Ladder
  How to grow Lady's Bedstraw
  How to grow Lady's Mantle
  How to grow Lamb's Ears
  How to grow Leaf Celery
  How to grow Lemon Balm
  How to grow Lemon Basil
  How to grow Lemon Thyme
  How to grow Lemon Verbena
  How to grow Lesser Calamint
  How to grow Lily of the Valley
  How to grow Lovage
  How to grow Love in a Mist
  How to grow Love Lies Bleeding
  How to grow Lungwort
  How to grow Meadowsweet
  How to grow Mexican Marigold
  How to grow Mexican Tea
  How to grow Milk Thistle
  How to grow Mugwort
  How to grow Musk Mallow
  How to grow Nasturtium
  How to grow Opium Poppy
  How to grow Oregano
  How to grow Parsley
  How to grow Peppermint
  How to grow Poached Egg Plant
  How to grow Pot Marigold
  How to grow Pot Marjoram
  How to grow Prince's Feather
  How to grow Prostrate Rosemary
  How to grow Pyrethrum
  How to grow Ramsons
  How to grow Roman Coriander
  How to grow Rosemary
  How to grow Rue
  How to grow Russian Comfrey
  How to grow Safflower
  How to grow Saffron
  How to grow Sage
  How to grow Salad Burnet
  How to grow Salad Rocket
  How to grow Scented Solomon's Seal
  How to grow Sea Holly
  How to grow Self Heal
  How to grow Sesame
  How to grow Soapwort
  How to grow Southernwood
  How to grow St Benedict's Thistle
  How to grow St John's Wort
  How to grow Summer Purslane
  How to grow Summer Savory
  How to grow Sunflower
  How to grow Sweet Cicely (European)
  How to grow Sweet Joe Pye Weed
  How to grow Sweet Marjoram
  How to grow Sweet Violet
  How to grow Sweet Woodruff
  How to grow Thai Basil
  How to grow Thorn Apple
  How to grow Tormentil
  How to grow Valerian
  How to grow Vervain
  How to grow Viper's Bugloss
  How to grow Watercress
  How to grow Welsh Onion
  How to grow White Deadnettle
  How to grow White Horehound
  How to grow White Mustard
  How to grow Wild Feverfew
  How to grow Wild Strawberry
  How to grow Winter Purslane
  How to grow Winter Savory
  How to grow Witch Hazel
  How to grow Woad
  How to grow Woolly Foxglove
  How to grow Wormwood
  How to grow Yellow Melilot




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Culinary Herb Gardening


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There is nothing more pleasing than walking right outside your kitchen door and finding all the spices you'll need for a tasty and fresh dinner. How about picking a bit of rosemary for those lamb chops, cutting a bit of fresh dill for that flounder you're baking, pulling some fresh oregano leaves to add to that spaghetti sauce or snipping some fresh basil for a tomato, mozzarella cheese and basil salad? The availability of fresh herbs can add a real kick to your ordinary dishes and turn them into something special. Fresh herbs are also likely to help you boost your imagination in the kitchen.

One of the best things about a herb garden is that you don't need to be a gourmet cook to enjoy it, and it can be grown without a huge amount of space. Some people only grow three or four different types of herbs. If you are an apartment or condo dweller you can plant your herbs in a window box or in strawberry pots. You should know that herbs generally don't survive the winter outside left in plastic window boxes and pots. Their roots will freeze. If you have enough light inside you may be able to winter them inside, but they are so inexpensive it's easier to start a box again in the spring.

Most herbs are very easy to grow and do well with little care. They also become fuller and produce more the more you use them. Most herbs are perennial plants, meaning that when they are planted in the ground they will come back year after year. As your plants mature and get older you may need to start thinning them out.

Another fun thing to do with your herbs is to dry them to use during the winter. You can carefully cut bunches of herbs, trying not to disturb their leaves, and hang them inside to dry. The herbs are best cut midday, when it has been very dry outside. Once they are dry they can be stored in ziplock bags in a dry and dark area. You will not want to crumble the leaves until you use them.

When you cook with herbs you will find that if you use fresh herbs you'll need to use more than you would of dried herbs. This is because dried herbs tend to have a stronger flavor.






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