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Growing herbs is easy. Herbs do not need a lot of space to grow and they don't require you to have a green thumb. You don't even need a backyard to have an herb garden. You can grow herbs right in your kitchen or on a windowsill. Grow light systems are available that require no sunlight. Many herbs do not attract insects, so there is rarely any need to spray any insecticide, which is definitely a plus. Fresh herbs are healthy, delicious and fun to grow!

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Herbs--Growing Tips
While  herbs are easier to grow than other plants, they still require a good amount of care and attention. It is just as easy to kill herbs as it is to grow them. Temperature and sunlight both play important roles in a plant's life.

If you live in a hot climate, indirect sunlight might be better, as herbs can quickly dry out if left too long in direct sunlight. In colder climates, it is a good idea to keep plants outside on a porch during the warmer months and to bring them inside when it gets cold.

As adjusting the temperature is so important, it is very helpful to grow  herbs in pots or other portable or recycled containers empty milk jug, empty coffee containers also works great and it is easy to drill holes for drainag.  This way you can move them when necessary. This is also a convenient way of keeping cooking herbs close to the kitchen.

Water regularly but dont over water, when the soil feel dry to the touch give the pot a good soaking.  Feed with plant food for contaier plants.  Follow the instructions carefully.

ROSEMARY is used in flavouring meat dishes, dumplings, cauliflower, stuffings, and complements fresh garlic and parsley.

Rosemary is also a remedy for headaches, taken as an infusion or used externally, the oil being applied directly to the head.imagesCAQYPC0W herbs gardening rosemary

SAGE  Is used for seasoning pork and poultry, and adds its own unique. Sage is often featured in wintry dishes such as stuffing and sausages, but she likes it even better with sauteed corn or mushrooms, roasted or grilled tomatoes, roasted butternut squash or pumpkin, baked apples or roasted peaches.imagesCAOCJSTL sage herb gardening directions

SWEET BASIL Can be use fresh or dried in most meat and vegetable dishes also great in salads and vinegarette also good with Raw or cooked tomatoes.imagesCA77LMZ6 sweet basil herb gardening directions

THYME is an excellent herb in almost all savory dishes,bouquet garnish and preservitves.  Blends well with other herbs. Good with sea foods and stews.

Leaves may be removed from stems either by scraping with the back of a knife, or by pulling through the fingers or tines of a fork. Leaves are often chopped.

Thyme retains its flavour on drying better than many other herbs. As usual with dried herbs less of it is required when substituted in a recipe. As a rule of thumb, use one third as much dried as fresh thyme

Depending on how it is used in a dish, the whole sprig may be used or the leaves removed and the stems discarded. Usually when a recipe specifies 'bunch' or 'sprig' it means the whole form; when it specifies spoons it means the leaves.

Thyme retains its flavour on drying better than many other herbs. As usual with dried herbs less of it is required when substituted in a recipe. As a rule of thumb, use one third as much dried as fresh thyme.

Thyme is slow to release its flavours so it is usually added early in the cooking process.imagesCA4R2PO6

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Leaves are hollow tubular almost grass-like in shape and grow, up to  (19.6 inches) long,  (.07 to .11 inches) in diameter. The leaves are used as garnish and flavoring in salads, dips and soups due to its mild onion flavor. The mauve colored flowers are edible.chive_flowers herb gardening directions

 

 

 

 

When cooking with fresh herbs it's important to leave the chopping or cutting to the very last minute. Otherwise you will loose some of the flavor as the herb sits. Also unless the herb is required by the recipe at the start of your cooking, add those fresh items close to the end of your dish. That will result in the strongest aromatics and flavors

 
 
 

 

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