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Posted on 03 October 2010 by urbangardencasual.com

Preserving the Kitchen Garden – Part 1

herbs1By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

This time of the gardening year is full of chores that need to be done before the winter wind blows.

But as autumn’s crisp breath seems to be earlier this year I am being very diligent with my herb preservation.

In the past I have let Mother Nature take her course as far as my Kitchen Herb Garden but not this year.

I plan to give herb baskets as gifts this year so every herb counts.

My first task is to survey my Kitchen Herb Garden. What will I keep for winter and what will I just let be. Next I need to decide which method of preservation will work for the herbs I want to preserve. The choices I have available are as follows: growing them indoors, freezing, drying naturally, drying in the microwave, making a jelly, making a sauce, making a flavorful oil, vinegar, or butter.

Part 1 covers preservation that does not require cooking and creates herbs that traditional used during cooking while part 2 covers forms of preservation that creates additions to meals to enhance the cooked product such as jellies, sauces, oils, vinegars, or butters.

Grow Herbs Indoors

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Posted on 27 April 2007 by urbangardencasual.com

Urban Gardening Tip: Transfer Soil to Seed Trays Outdoors – Not Indoors

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By Reggie Solomon

Even if it’s freezing outside, bundle up and transfer potting soil to seed trays outdoors.

I planted my second seed tray of the spring today with seeds bought earlier this week. I prepared three trays of tomatoes, basil and edible flowers. Because the weather outside was cold, I prepared the trays inside — meaning I transferred soil from the potting soil bag to the seed trays indoors.

I won’t transfer soil to seed trays indoors ever again — it leaves quite the mess, even if you try to do it carefully.

Save yourself the clean-up headache!

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