Grow Herbs for Fresh Flavor and Great Looks from the Garden

Herbs have been used throughout recorded history to get a massive range of functions: culinary, aroma, medicinal and much more. But if you have not grown them they can appear intimidating — should they do this much, developing them should be complicated.

However, most herbs are simple to grow. They’re minimally fussy and suffer from few pests and diseases, making them suitable for beginning gardeners. They’re also fantastic landscape plants. They are sometimes used as part of a regular garden bed, set off as a garden feature by themselves, integrated into container houses, grown over walls or in window boxes, or used as a ground cover.

Get plants from the nursery for any vacant spots on your baskets or borders — or take a new look in your yard for a dedicated place to get a full size herb garden. Here’s how to get started.

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Decide on your garden layout. Would you like a separate herb garden? Your options include an official layout, including a knot garden, or even a more casual backyard bed. If the herbs be in a series of containers, maybe on a terrace outside the kitchen, where they will be readily available? Would you wish to utilize some as a ground cover, between patio pavers or to create a path?

Decide on your own plants. Most popular herbs have culinary uses, but as soon as you’ve gotten started on herb gardens, then you will probably want to look into more unusual offerings, even if they are not edible.

Spread the love. One great thing about herbs is that they’re usually easy to spread by seeds or cuttings. Propagation is a superb way to practice your backyard abilities.

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Prepare your distance. Most herbs want full sun, but other than that, you do not need to fret too much. Many of the more popular herbs, such as thyme and lavender, will grow in poor conditions. Some, such as mint, will grow almost everywhere. In fact, mint could be so invasive, so it’s ideal to set it in a bud raised off the ground.

Even though your chosen plants are undemanding, doing some simple soil preparation such as tilling the soil and incorporating any amendments that your chosen plants may need will still be helpful.

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If you are growing herbs in containers, choose ones that will be big enough to maintain the mature plant. Employing fitting containers will help your garden look clean and organized.

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They’re also easy to harvest and preserve. Part of the enjoyment of culinary herbs is working with them in the kitchen, whether you use them whether you dry or freeze them.

Next: How to develop some favorites of cooks and gardeners:
How to increase basilHow to grow thymeHow to grow sageHow to grow dillHow to grow marjoramHow to grow rosemaryHow to grow mintHow to grow tarragon

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7 Strategies to Help Someone Hit by a Hurricane

My aunt Marilyn knows she is one of the lucky ones. You might question this. She fell and broke her leg a month ago and has been in a wheelchair ever since. She’d already been staying with her daughter and son-in-law for a few weeks when Hurricane Sandy torn through Tom’s River, New Jersey and bombarded her house. She lost her car and everything in her garage and a few of the bedrooms. Only the arrangement was insured for flood, so in addition to having a massive mess to clean up, she is thousands of dollars out of pocket. And she considers herself blessed.

She’s neighbors who lost everything and, without flooding insurance of any kind, are starting over. They too are thankful to be living.

This was how I felt a couple of decades ago when an arsonist randomly set our house on my family escaped with the clothes on our backs. We lost everything but were thankful to be living and were amazed by the generosity and attention of the community. It is so tough to eliminate everything and begin over even once you have an intact and thriving support system. I can only imagine the challenge when everybody around you’re equally devastated, like after Hurricane Sandy.

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What You Can Do to Assist

Nearly all people have seen the desolation caused by Sandy. In the U.S. alone: more than 110 dead, millions without power, thousands homeless, neighborhoods wiped out and whole towns ravaged. That is when those of us from a distance can measure up, reach out and be extended community, but it may be daunting to know what to do or where to start.

Maybe you have friends who lost their house or belongings in Hurricane Sandy and you want to help. I have a couple recommendations.

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Think before you speak. Less is truly more when it comes to words. Beyond”I’m so sorry” there isn’t a whole lot to say. It feels inadequate, and that’s OK. Odds are, your friends aren’t philosophizing, however if they are attempting to put their reduction in perspective, only listen. It is 1 thing for the people who have lost all their worldly goods to state,”It is just stuff,” and another thing entirely for you to state it, from your hot and intact home surrounded by all of your stuff.

Listen. No matter your friends have been through or lost, they have a story to tell. My friend Sue went to serve in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Her group distributed food, clothing and other basics. She asked everybody who came across the line,”What’s your story?” Every single person stopped to tell her and appeared more excited to talk than to eat.

Try to find a practical need and fulfill it. Don’t say,”I want to know if there is a way I could help.” People in crisis often don’t know what they need, and when they do, might still be reluctant to request assistance. This is often said to finish a dialogue, but resist the impulse. If you truly want to be useful, figure out what has to be done and do it.

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Send money. Writing a check to family and friends may seem impersonal, but it’s one of the most helpful things you can do. Disasters are costly. Something the majority of us do not consider is the prohibitive expense of flood insurance. A lot of people who lost their homes and businesses were not fully insured. Even in the best cases, there are apparently endless out-of-pocket expenditures.

Assist with the logistics. Some people curl up in the fetal position in the thought of insurance types. If you’re an”I” dotter along with a”t” crosser, consider giving your time to help a friend fill out and file paperwork.

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Organize an image drive. When our house burned down, which I mourned most deeply was the reduction of most our pictures and videos. Friends and family sorted through their images and started to ship them. It had been great to have numerous replaced and to look through them together.

Open your home. This is one of the most profoundly beneficial and compassionate things you can do. Losing your house and all of your possessions is a surreal experience, and rebuilding is a long and arduous process. Once an whole area is ruined, the rebuilding process is much slower. Even if it’s just for the brief duration, sharing your house is an extraordinary approach to help a friend get back on his or her toes.

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