You Can Grow Your Own Herb Garden - Part 5

 


Article by: Melinda Robinson

Care and Feeding of Your Herb , How to Plant Spring Flower Bulbs Garden

Most herbs , Beneficial Mycorrhizae - Your Plant's Best Friend are fairly easy to maintain. They don't need water , Teak Patio Furniture Is The Perfect Choice For Your Terrace every day and don't really need fertilizer. The biggest concern you'll have is weeding.

To find out if your garden , Hibiscus Care needs water, , Daylilies - The Perfect Perennial take a finger and push it into the soil. , Orchid Care If it is damp or wet under the surface, you don't need to water , Growing Roses - The Guide for Fans of Roses it. If it stays dry all the way to your first knuckle, water , Japanese Plum Yew - Cephalotaxus Harringtonia 'Prostrata' it. Should your plants , All About Tulip Gardens start drooping, water , September Gardening Tips right away. This is more liable to happen in warmer climes and sometimes can be attributed to very hot temperatures, , Build a Rain Garden but is more likely to signify a desperate need for water. , Gardening - Keeping Containers Looking Good

The best way to water , Maintaining Quality in a Garden Pond your herb garden , The Art of Painting Trees and Shrubs is a technique called "deep watering." This involves watering the garden , Stump Grinders - Use Stump Grinders Safely! for an extended period of time, until small puddles begin forming. This method is called "deep watering" because you're ensuring that the water , Why are Adirondack Chairs & Adirondack Furniture a Cottage Favorite? goes deep into the soil, , Growing Roses - The Guide for Fans of Roses down to the roots , Ticks of your plants. , Teak Patio Furniture Is The Perfect Choice For Your Terrace If you deep water, , Slugging It Out In The Trenches you can leave your garden , Ticks for a few days or more (depending on your climate , Orchids: A Luxurious Look That's Really Not Hard To Achieve and recent weather) without additional watering.

As I've said previously, herbs , Blowers don't really need any kind of fertilizer, but if you feel better doing so, they might like some compost. , Daylilies - The Perfect Perennial I once tried Miracle-Gro on my plants, , Beneficial Mycorrhizae - Your 's Best Friend but wasn't comfortable with the idea of placing chemicals into the herbs , May Gardening Tips for the Southwest and besides, it didn't do a lick of good.

Sometimes you'll have problems with pests. , A Teak Chair - Create a Livable Outdoor Space with One The very best way to combat them is to use an organic , Mosquitoes in Your Garden? Try Planting These solution since you'll be treating plants , Japanese Plum Yew - Cephalotaxus Harringtonia 'Prostrata' intended for human consumption. Try the following recipe from Canning Perennials, , Gardening Tips, Hints and Advice a nursery in Ontario, Canada.

Basic Soap Spray
You'll need a 1-quart hand sprayer filled with warm water. , Patio Chairs - Why My Green Patio Metal Bench Is Giving Me Immense Satisfaction Add a squirt of non-detergent soap such as Ivory or baby shampoo. Do not use detergent as this could harm your plants. , Gardening Tips, Hints and Advice

Additions to the Basic Soap Spray
When using additives, just add a teaspoon to your quart container of basic soap spray. It is best to test the mixture on one or two leaves before spraying the entire plant, , Orchid Care to ensure that no leaf damage will result.

1. Oil - Add a teaspoon of vegetable , Blowers oil to the basic soap spray to improve adherence.
2. Garlic - Combine about 1/2 cup of mineral oil with a dozen or so crushed cloves of garlic. Allow to stand for 48 hours. Strain. Start by using roughly 1 tsp in your quart sprayer.
3. Hot , Compost: Food for the Soil Spray - In a food , Slugging It Out In The Trenches processor, liquify a small onion and an entire bulb , To Repot - or Not! of garlic. Seep this mixture in a cup of olive oil. After 48 hours, strain the olive oil and discard the pulp. Add a half teaspoon of cayenne pepper. , Tick Bites Store in a glass , Hibiscus Care jar. To use, add a teaspoon to basic soap spray.

You can also use diatomaceous earth, , A Teak Chair - Create a Livable Outdoor Space with One a non-toxic powder made from crushed fossils of freshwater organisms and marine life. It is deadly to any insect and completely harmless to all other living creatures.

For severe problems, you might want to introduce some ladybugs or praying mantises to the garden. , Orchid Care These predators will get rid of the "bad" bugs and leave your plants , Slugging It Out In The Trenches alone. Spiders are also good to have in your garden , Indoor ing With Foliage Plants for the same reason, and you will often find that they have taken up residence there of their own accord.

Another solution to pests , Planting Around Tree Roots is called companion gardening. , Water Lilies - Pruning and Trimming This entails planting herbs , A Quick Guide To Fish Pond Bridges that repel bugs near plants , Water Lilies - Pruning and Trimming that attract them. For example, one plant , A Teak Chair - Create a Livable Outdoor Space with One might have a tendency to get aphids, but another plant , May Gardening Tips for the Southwest nearby repels them so that you don't have to worry about the bugs. There are too many tips , Teak Patio Furniture Is The Perfect Choice For Your Terrace and tricks to companion gardening , The Art of Painting Trees and Shrubs to go into here, so you may want to look for a book on this if you are interested.

A very common problem many herb , Gardening - Keeping Containers Looking Good gardeners encounter is called "damping off." This happens when a fungus attacks the seedling, weakens the stem, and eventually kills it. When your seedlings have flopped over and appear to have given way at the point of emergence from the soil, , Organic Solutions For Pest Control they have damped off, and there's nothing to be done except plant , To Repot - or Not! a whole new crop.

One year this fungus attacked every seedling I had. It started with the basil, which is most susceptible to damping off, and spread to everything else. It is impossible to cure but is easily prevented. The fungus thrives in damp conditions; restricted airflow is a big contributor to damping off.

Crowded growing , Want to Learn How to Compost? conditions are another factor of damping off. Sow your herb , Build a Rain Garden seeds thinly, or, if planting seedlings, make sure they have plenty of room , Homemade Hydroponics System Plan between them. To stave off the dampness which encourages the fungus, try a light , Planting Around Tree Roots covering of Perlite(TM) or clean sand , Save On Outdoor Lighting And Think Solar Lights sprinkled over the soil , Using Hydrogen Peroxide in Your Hydroponics Gardening System where the seeds , September Gardening Tips are sown. This will absorb excess moisture. , Maintaining Water Quality in a Garden Pond

Well-cared for herb gardens , Using Hydrogen Peroxide in Your Hydroponics ing System rarely have problems with fungi, but it does happen. To combat fungus on your plants, , Save On Outdoor Lighting And Think Solar Lights here are a couple of organic , May Gardening Tips for the Southwest recipes, easily made in your kitchen, , Orchids: A Luxurious Look That's Really Not Hard To Achieve from Canning Perennials:

Baking Soda Spray
1 quart of water , Japanese Plum Yew - Cephalotaxus Harringtonia 'Prostrata'
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 squirt of liquid, non-detergent soap

Spray infected leaves thoroughly, including undersides and stems. In damp weather , Orchid Care repeat regularly. This is an effective mixture to help prevent botrytis, black spot, rust, and powdery mildew.

Potato Starch Spray
1 quart of water , Garden Makeover On A Budget
2 to 4 tablespoons of potato flour
1 squirt of liquid, non-detergent soap

In addition to fungal diseases, , Controlling Aphids this blend is also an effective insect spray.

Part 6 - Harvesting and Drying
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