You Can Grow Your Own Herb Garden - Part 6

 


Article by: Melinda Robinson

Harvesting

While I think everything about growing herbs , How to Extend Your Living Space Outdoors - Working with Color is a wonderful experience (well, maybe not the weeding!), harvesting is one my favorite things. It is, after all, the biggest reason to grow , Natural Algae Fighters That Work your herb garden. , Natural Algae Fighters That Work

Harvesting the herbs , Garden Benches is very easy if you remember a few small guidelines. For one thing, you should never take more than 2/3 from a mature plant, , Testing Your Soil and preferably less than that. It's tempting to take a bunch of the herb , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (Part 5) Plant Growth when it first begins to grow , Flowering Cherries toward maturity, but limit yourself , Introduction to Botany to a few leaves in the beginning. Taking too much from a young plant , Balcony, Patio, and Courtyard Gardening can kill it.

Use a pair of small gardening , Container scissors to cut herbs. , Why Gardening is Better Make gentle cuts just above tender, new sprouts. If you make sure that there is still fresh growth, your herb plants , Easiest Homemade Hydroponics System will continue to flourish and give you a large crop. With some herbs, , Testing Your Soil such as sage, cut back the thick, woody stalks first.

Cut back your herbs , Why Gardening is Better after the flower , Wicker Patio Furniture or Teak Patio Furniture Look Awesome With Patio Chair Cushions buds first appear, but before the flowers , Basic Chainsaw Maintenance open. If you wait until the flowers , Growing Tomatoes Organically bloom, the volatile oils and therefore most of the flavor are greatly reduced. On the other hand, if you harvest too early, the oils haven't fully developed. An exception to this "rule" is lavender, which should be harvested just after the delicate purple flowers , Winter Injury to Trees have faded. Try to do your cutting in the morning after the dew is dry but before the sun , Pond Liners gets hot. , Organic Gardening

Drying

Most people like to dry their herbs , Natural Algae Fighters That Work for later use. Drying them is extremely easy, even in humid climates. , Why Gardening is Better There's no need for large screens or elaborate set-ups; a ball of twine, some paper bags, and a place , Forest Tent Caterpillars for hanging is all you need.

After you've harvested your herbs, , Growing Tomatoes Organically rinse them thoroughly in a bath of lukewarm water. , Introduction to Botany Gently swish them about in the water. , The Annual Pond Cleanout You may need to gently coax stubborn dirt or sand , The history of the gnome. off some of the leaves, or remove leaves with cocoons or egg sacks stuck beneath them. Look carefully for these kinds of things -- it certainly wouldn't be any fun to find a family of spiders living in a jar of carefully dried herbs! , The history of the gnome.

Remove excess water , Care and Repair of Garden Tools from the herbs , Care and Repair of Garden Tools with a large towel. Fold the towel in half, and gently press the stalks between the folds. You can also place , Fiberglass Pond Liners them in a dishdrainer, laying them carefully to prevent crowding. Gather several stalks together in a bundle. With a length of twine, tightly wrap the base of the bundle 3-4 times around, then tie securely, leaving a large loop for hanging purposes. You can then hang the bundles somewhere to dry. If you would like to keep dust off the herbs , Hydroponics Gardening - An Introduction To Hydroponics Gardening For Beginners (Part 5) Plant Growth while they dry, put the herb , Planting Summer Flower Bulbs bundles upside down into small paper bags. Gather the top of the bags around the tied base and secure with a rubber band, more twine, or even a long twist-tie.

Some people like to hang bagged herbs , Winter Injury to Trees in a garage , Urban Water Lilies or spare room , Gardening and Flowers and open up the bags whenever they need some of the herbs. , Growing Tomatoes Organically I prefer to clean the dried leaves from the stalks and store them in clean bottles, which I then label with the appropriate name. Herbs , Fiberglass Pond Liners will keep best in bottles of darkly colored glass, , Balcony, Patio, and Courtyard Gardening such as those from powdered coffee creamer, but if they are stored in a dark place , Some Favorite Garden Bulbs you can use any color , Fertilizing to Create More Blossoms on Your Flowers, Flowering Shrubs, and Trees bottle you have on hand.

As you can see, herbs , Growing and Caring for Your Bamboo are easy to work with from growth to use. A little planning and a modicum of care are all that is needed for you to have a delightful source for culinary, medicinal, and craft , Outdoor Wood Furniture - Check the Method of Construction Before Buying uses. Take a chance -- there's a bountiful harvest waiting for you!
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