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This series of books are for anyone and everyone interested in gardening, and being involved in managing a piece of the earth, making  it beautiful, producing crops or just being able to observe what is happening with the wild life..  We hope that each of our topics will inspire and teach you about gardening for fun, food, health, excercise, helping to preserve Nature, and for profit.imagesCAY9SH3Pcrop herb gardening directions

Human beings have been sewing seeds and gardening for thousands of years for food for staying alive, spices for flavorings ,herbs for preservation of meats for medicine, bodycare and relaxation, fruits ,berries for teas and dyes.  Plants are directly linked to the rest of the living world, food sources for higher organisims and provider of shelter, timber, cloth, oil, perfumes and provides the raw materals for  our every days needs. 

Plants trap the suns energy and makes it available to the rest of the planets inhabitants, and not only produces the bulk of the worlds oxygen but regulates the amount of carbon, water, and hydrogen in the atmosphere  

In turn plants rely on animals for pollination and on scavenging organisms to break down their dead remains and return their elements to the nutrient cycle in the air and soil.  The worlds vegetation is crucial source of energy conservation and needs to be carefull maintained.

From trees to herbacious plants to tiny sea algae, plants play a crucial part in supporting human life.  Through photosynthesis they convert sunlight into energy and give out oxygen and take in carbon dioxide much of which passes into the food chain or into the soil.

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10 Steps for Starting Your Indoor Herb Garden 

 Growing Your Own Herb Garden

You can have your own herb garden indoors for the  whole year, by planting a windowsill garden. Many herb plants grow quite easily in containers and require only minimal care. You'll be snipping fresh herbs in your kitchen throughout the year.

 

1  Pick a sunny window ledge facing South west getting at least five hours of sunshine everyday, away from drafts.

2  Purchase some of your favorite herbs from your local nursery or supermarket.  Thyme, Oregano, Basil, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary,  Mint, Parsley and Lavender are all herbs that will grow together.   Buy or recycle a container 6 to 8 Inches deep by 10 to 12 inches long for planting multiple plants.  6 inch container for a single plant.

3   Use a  well draining potting mix, add 3-4 inch layer of potting mix to the bottom of the container. Don't get cheap on the soil.  A cheap soil will just limit your harvest potential. 

4    Arrange your plants, putting the tallest in the middle, continue to pack the soil down around the roots, leaving about one inch for watering.

5    Water sparingly. Herbs dont like to sit in wet soil for very long.  

6     Fertilize once a month with fertilizer specially made for edible indoor plants.  Always read label directions.

7.     Allow plants to climatize. Once you see new growth you can start pruning your herbs. When you prune you help the plant to bush out with new growth, giving you a longer and larger harvest.

8.    Most herbs are annuals and they will need to be replaced when they have gone through a life cycle. One way to keep your herbs growing longer is to pick off any flowers, because they don't have a chance to go to seed and slowly die.

9.    Fluorescent and other Grow lights can be used 18 inches away from plant for up to ten hours a day if you don't have a sunny window sill. Artificial and natural sunlight can be used together to get the best of both worlds.

10. Enjoy your new plants. Cooking with fresh herbs is healthy and tasty and a great way to begin your plant career.

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Watch for more articles coming soon including; Planning your outdoor Garden, Container Gardening and Herbs for a Healthy Life. 

      

 

 

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