It's time to get serious about growing a few herbs in pots. Sometimes, the huge plotted garden can seem overwhelming. Herbs in pots can be an easy, inexpensive, and cute solution to your garden dilemmas. Also try baskets, barrels, window boxes, or other containers. You don't need to own any land and can grow right on your kitchen windowsill. Better still, there's no weeding or bending over. Limp, store bought herbs are lacking in flavor. So if you're new to the gardening scene, this is how to start. I love using herbs in most recipes and some drinks because they add tons of flavor minus the calories. You can grow from seed or buy plants from the local nursery. Some herbs are actually perennials making container gardening a logical choice as you don't have to remember where you planted them the next year. A few might even survive the winter depending on your climate and if the pot is sheltered or brought indoors. But if not, you can always dry the leftovers. Here's the essential list of herbs you must have right now!
How many unfinished projects do you have going on? My goal is to finish what I start, not taking on more than I can handle. So it's back to the herbs I've been drying in brown paper bags. I'm way past my two week goal and they're ready to be stored. Even used! There's no doubt fresh is best, but sometimes it's okay to dry them for future use and to save yourself a few dollars. Besides, who knows how long they've been sitting on the grocery store shelf? You can buy them from the dollar store, but then again, you get what you pay for. So below I've outlined the best practices for storing herbs so that you can enjoy your garden a little longer. And have you ever wondered what's the difference between herbs and spices?
You planted your garlic. Good! Now it's time to dry your herbs. When I saw a tiny bottle of dried rosemary priced at $7 at the local grocery store I said to myself enough. I need this skill. And bay leaf will cost you a mint too. So now that I've done it, I can't believe I've never taken herb drying seriously before. Cheap and easy to do, herbs add a powerful punch to food without adding calories. And even though I'd argue that fresh herbs beat out dried herbs any day, your dried herbs are still so much fresher than any sitting on a grocery store shelf. How long have they been there anyhow? Let's get started.
Hi, I'm Laura and hail from Western New York. I consider myself a lifelong learner who loves gardening with a 360 degree view. Thanks for stopping by!
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