O.K.. I was making a dish for one of the organizations I belong to and the recipe called for basil. No problem I think but unfortunately the cold snap we recently had-melted my plants down. Time to start my indoor herb garden! So off to the store to buy some~~~~$5.49 for a small (very small) container.
Choose the ones you use most often in cooking-don’t waste time on the ones you will not use. My favorites are:
BASIL- many varieties. It is a member of the mint family and can be used in salads, soups, sandwiches. Great with tomato, mozzarella .(And did you know that storing in refrigerator will produce a black leaf)?
ROSEMARY-one of my favorites but it is a hardy outdoors plant.
OREGANO-a Mediterranean herb with a strong flavor-a necessary ingredient in my spicy-spaghetti sauce and home made pizzas
PARSLEY-of course- to add freshness to all dishes
CILANTRO-essential ingredient in Mexican and Asian dishes
If you can’t find plants in your local nurseries-try the grocery store (produce department).
Next time I will discuss containers and planting of the herbs
Rosemary in my garden
Quote for today was from Henry Van Dyke
Now is the time to plant trees-and a red maple would be a good choice. When I lived in North Carolina, the mountains would be ablaze with reds and golds after a temperature drop. They will be a welcome spot in your landscape!
Also, consider a Japanese Maple. Below is a picture of my Threadleaf Japanese Maple off my back porch here in North Alabama. A beauty now, then bare branches in winter to a beautiful red tinged foliage in spring-a spectacular specimen!
Planting now has great benefits…you will not have to water and the roots establish quickly. Also, nurseries and garden shops are well supplied now. So go plant a tree and help save the environment.
“Never put off til tomorrow what you can do today!” Thomas Jefferson
“Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
Anni’s Confederate Rose
This is when the hosta are blooming . They are healthy and full and a great use of the shade bed. Winter is coming, they will begin to die down in the mulch-but never fear “they will be back”! Leaves will begin to break
in March and quickly start to multiply-this is when you can divide and plant elsewhere or give to friends . . .even enemies as there will be plenty.
I went to a demo on raising hosta from seed, FORGET ABOUT IT-unless you hane nothin better to do-or-the patience of Job. I don’t do anything~~~let nature do the work!
Below are pictures of my banana tree and how I winterized it. Dig around the plant about a foot then ease out of pot or ground. Trim all the leaves off as it will make it easier to handle and store. I shook off loose dirt then put in a garbage bag with newspapers around it. Next April after the 15th I will plant, water, and wait for the leaves to unfurl.
Can be grown in containers which is fun, but at my house it is a constant battle with squirrels digging up the roots. Haven’t come up with a solution. I bought t an air pistol . . .but I’m not the killing type.
For more information on growing artichokes, Bonnie Plants has a good site http://bonnieplants.com/growing/growing-artichoke/
“The garden is the poor man’s apothecary” German proverb
The gel from the leaves of the aloe plant is very soothing and useful for minor burns and sunburn. The plant is very easy to maintain.
Fabulous finds at Trees & Trends-1/2 off then a 20 % coupon
Knee deep in herbs