Sunday April 20, 2014
Do you ever wonder if there is a way to get all the natural goodness of an herb's micro-nutrients, back into the soil? There is! Create you own herbal fertilizers, by mixing the specific herbs that you need into a tea, and using this tea on the areas that need it most. Of course, creating any sort of compost tea (that is composted material soaked in water) is always beneficial to the garden, but if you specifically need one sort of thing like copper for instance, it is great to know what herbs offer what specific nutrients.
I have to admit, for myself, I love the idea of completing the circle and growing my herbs from seeds, then composting every bit I don't use back into the soil where it came from. There is something satisfying in using what I need and returning the rest. Try to make some herbal fertilizer for your own garden this year.
Photo Flickr user Marilyn Roxie
Saturday April 5, 2014
I am excited to share this picture with you all today. A couple of weeks ago on Facebook, the coversation drifted to the Moringa oleifera tree. I was gifted a few seeds from Fairdinkumseeds.com owners Leighand Manami Nankervis, of Australia.
I only started one seed, thinking that if it did very well, I would have to decide which one was going to be able to live(and I have the hardest time thinning anything). Luckily, it grew!! Check out my little baby Moringa tree. So cute.
(edited because apparently I broke the internet with my original huge photo)
Wednesday April 2, 2014
I actually saw the sun today. It was less than 15 minutes, but that's progress. I don't complain much about the weather since there isn't a darn thing I can do about it, but winter has overspent her welcome.
This past month has been busy behind the scenes here at Herb Gardens. Check out some of the articles I have added to the files. Enjoy!
My Herb Garden Has Aphids!
What is Fish Emulsion?
How Do I Keep Weeds From Taking Over My Herb Garden?
Herb Profile: Yerba Mansa
Why Don't My Herbs Grow Well?
What Does Catnip Smell Like?
Monday March 31, 2014
A frugal way to expand your herb garden is to divide your herbs. You can also create enough divisions to share with friends, or trade for even more herbs! What is not to like about that?
Herbal Question of the Day - What herb book are you reading? I am currently reading (for the 100th time), Dandelion Medicine, by Brigitte Mars. It is full of amazing information about the dandelion and how to use it in hundreds of ways. A classic that is also a MUST for every herb gardeners. That is only the tip of the iceberg on my desk however. I have so many herbal books, they have taken over my office and have started to creep into the homeschool bookcases. I suppose if the kids end up reading them, it would be considered part of Botany class?
Finally, I gathered a few more links about indoor gardening for everyone. It seems like this is the number one topic lately. If you need some more help planning or organizing an indoor herb garden, check it out:
Indoor Herb Garden Basics