Get Going on Your Garden!

Now that it is officially spring (not to mention that April 8th - 14th is Garden Week), it’s time to start planning.  There is something so exhilarating to me about planning my garden and this year I want to get started early.  I am in love with Pinterest as I assume the rest of the world is too, right?!  I found a great site there - www.sproutrobot.com - to figure out the best time for planting. All you do is enter your zip code.

I love to plant herbs and use them year round.  When we bought our house, one of the selling features to me was a bay window above the kitchen sink.  I try to keep a few herbs growing all the time.  Did you know you can use chalk to write directly on to Terracotta pots to “name” your plants?  I recently discovered this and love it!

Herbs are easy to grow, most prefer a sunny spot and can be grown in a pot or directly in your garden.  They can add tons of flavor to food without using salt.  I love to add chopped herbs to salad, it helps me get by with less dressing.  A few other herbal tips and ideas:

  • Substitute 1 Tablespoon fresh herbs for every 1/4 teaspoon dried herbs

  • If adding to a soup, stew, or casserole - add towards the end of cooking to retain the flavor

  • The opposite is true for cold dishes - add the herb early and let it sit in the refrigerator for several hours to bring out the best taste

  • Add 1 Tablespoon fresh herbs for every 1/2 cup butter, margarine, cream cheese, or yogurt to create an easy, delicious condiment

  • Flavor vinegars by adding 1 cup herbs for every 2 cups vinegar and let it steep at room temperature for a few weeks.  It’s best to used a light flavored vinegar such as white wine vinegar.

  • Herbs have many medicinal purposes too as long as they are used correctly and in the right amounts; check out this great article from National Institute of Health: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/herbalmedicine.html

In honor of Garden Week, share your ideas for gardening... we’d LOVE to see pictures!


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