|I absolutely love gardening.
I find it to be fulfilling and very rewarding.
Unfortunately, working a full time job, running a household and caring for my four cats, my time is somewhat limited. I do however manage to grow many flowers and herbs. The fragrance of fresh cut flower in the home is just wonderful, and I use my herbs in cooking and baking, and also in my rituals.
There are so many choices of plants that I was lost at first in what to choose to grow. My first consideration was safety. I choose plants that are not toxic to children or pets.
My first choice for a house plant would be a healthy Aloe Vera. This plant is remarkable in its ability to fight the pain caused from small burns and scrapes that so often happen in the home and kitchen.
My other choices for the herb garden would be:
Curley Leaf Parsley
Catnip (This is a MUST with 4 cats)
Mint is also a wonderful plant as it comes in many flavors . . . Peppermint, Chocolate Mint,
Pineapple Mint and Spearmint.
As you can see I have just picked a few that you might consider. I warn you, once you start this, it can become something that you will take on as a life time pursuit. The plant world is full of magic, myth, and medical properties, and it is very easy to find information via the net, gardening books or your local library.
One does not have to have a great deal of experience in gardening, nor a lot of garden space to still have a garden that can provide flavor and healing to your kitchen and home.
Start small and don't get discouraged if it takes a few tryís to get things right.
Mother Nature is very forgiving.
Herbs are easy to grow. They usually donít like rich soil, and will grow in bright sun (except Basil)
or shade. The more you pinch off parts of the plant to use, the fuller the plant will become.
And, for those of you who donít have garden space, herbs can be grown in pots and placed either on the window sills of your home or on the patio.
I dry my herbs by tying them in bundles with string, and hanging them around the house in bunches to dry. It usually takes about 3 weeks, and makes the house smell wonderful. Chives lose their color if dried this way, but you can dry Chives, as well as other herbs, in the microwave. Simply spread them out on paper towels, and turn the microwave on for two or three minutes. Check the herbs. If they are not dry, continue microwaving for one or two minutes until they are dried. The length of time you need to microwave will depend on the power of your microwave and the amount of herbs
you are trying to dry at one time .
Oven drying is one of the more efficient ways to dry your herbs. Place your herbs on a cookie sheet in a thin layer and place in a VERY low setting oven. If your herbs are turning brown, then the
oven temp is still too high.
Then, store your herbs in sealed plastic bags or in jars with lids. Herbs can also be frozen in ice cubes, which are great for soups and stews, or stored fresh in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 weeks.
Remember to check your stock during the year for freshness of your herbs. If they smell moldy or look moldy, toss them out. And remember that you will have a new stock source in a year,
so get rid of the old and put in the new!
Good luck with your gardening and herb preserving!
It is really very easy.
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