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Posted on 01 April 2013 by urbangardencasual.com

A True Love for Rosemary (Romarinus coronaries)

Photo Credit: Rosemary by Anja Josson used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Photo Credit: Rosemary by Anja Josson used under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

The myth of rosemary is one of those very unique ones.

This story twists and winds around what it means to be human.

The story begins in an Italian village where a queen could not get pregnant.

She carried her despair to the garden where she cried over a very prolific rosemary plant. Later on, the queen learned she was expecting and soon gave birth to a beautiful rosemary plant.

Being a dutiful mother, she watered and feed (fertilized) her baby (rosemary plant). Then one day, she went to the garden to find her baby gone.
The King of Spain, who was her nephew, had played a joke on her and removed her baby from the royal gardens. To add to the joke, he watered the queen’s baby goat’s milk.

Then one day Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 09 March 2013 by urbangardencasual.com

Saving this Year’s Herb Harvest

Photo Credit: My windowsill herb garden by Lilnemo used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Photo Credit: My windowsill herb garden by Lilnemo used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Oh how I love my herbs.

I have made a morning ritual of getting up and enjoying a cup of herbal tea in my herb garden.

The morning smells awaken me without the negative effects of stimulants and is a great way of setting the tone for the day.

But as the growing season comes to a close, my smelling fix is quickly coming to a close.

What to do, what to do about this fixation I have with herbs.

I have tried many techniques to keep my herbs available to me. I have dried them. While the flavors are comparable to fresh in the culinary realm, they do not compare to fresh when it comes to my own aromatherapy.

I have frozen them with olive oil but the same situation applies as above. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 19 January 2012 by urbangardencasual.com

Showcasing Your Herbs: Create a Simple Herbal Topiary

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By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

Personally, I am always looking for new and exciting ways of displaying my plants.

I have numerous types of hanging baskets and planters that hold my favorite plants but when it comes to my herbs I am somewhat limited.

I have done a strawberry planter planted with herbs, a living, herbal wreath, and even a hanging basket.

But this year, I have decided to go back in time and create an herbal topiary with some of my herbs.

When it comes to herbal topiaries, there does exist two types.

The first type is referred to as Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 25 November 2011 by urbangardencasual.com

Extending the Growing Season by Bringing in Ones Herbs-Part II

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

As discussed in part I, fresh herbs are a great addition to ones indoor gardening arsenal.

They provide flavoring for food, scents rooms, bathes, and provide overall beauty.

But container choice will depend more on where you plan to place your herb garden.

Traditionally, herb gardens have been found on the windowsill but other choices remain and utilize not only the horizontal space but also the vertical.

Strawberry Urn

A strawberry urn or pot is a great container for herbs. The pockets on the side of this planter make planting an assortment of herbs easy. If you plan to use this type of planter, make sure that it will be placed in a location that receives at least six hours of sunlight.

Before planting the strawberry urn, one must get the supplies together. Each urn will have its own number of planting openings so make sure you have enough plants for each pocket and the top.

Next the planter will need to be cleaned before it is planted. To do this, simply submerge the planter in a bucket of warm, soapy water with one cap full of bleach. Scrub and remove any soil particles, rinse and let dry out in the sun. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 23 November 2011 by urbangardencasual.com

Extending the Growing Season by Bringing in Ones Herbs-Part I

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

As the fall winds blow, many of my lovely garden plants begin to slow down and die.

The delightful taste of summer begins to slip away and be replaced by hearty meals filled with numerous root crops.

What I miss the most when summer drifts away is the taste of fresh herbs.

In the past, I bought so called fresh herbs from the grocery store.

These never really tasted as good as those I grew in the garden. So a few years ago, I decided to grow my own fresh herbs indoors.

Most herbs will do fine indoors. The key to their growth is providing the correct amount of sunlight and not overwatering.

Annual herbs are very easy to grow and can be started anew by reseeding in a container. Several herbal seeds are very Read the rest of this entry »

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