Planting a 30 Minute Vegetable Garden 

Are you ready to plan you gardens and landscapes for the upcoming season? 
If you have ever wonder how to grow a garden with no dirt watch Patti Moreno the Garden Girl plants a vegetable and herb garden in 30 minutes using Gardensoxx. 

The Filtrexx GardenSoxx is an ideal planter for any home gardening need. The compost-based growing medium and mesh containment provide ideal growing conditions for flowers, vegetables, herbs, berries and much more.
Uses include no-till gardening, landscape edging, borders, raised beds, patio planters, window baskets, deck rails, and anywhere simple gardening is desired.

Many places around the country have already made GardenSoxx the hottest new home and garden product.

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Why Should You Grow Your Own Herbs? 

Herb GardenDo you buy or use herbs? Do you know here do they come from? You might be very surprised! Learn to grow herbs yourself you will know the herbs you have grown are the freshest and healthiest available. 
Herbs are the quintessential plant: they look good, smell good and do you good. They have been used ever since humans have been on the Earth, as medicines, perfumes, insect repellents and, of course, in food and flavouring.

Herbs, in most cases, are tough wild plants which will thrive and romp away. It's a myth that all herbs need full sun, even famous basil likes partial shade at midday. So when planning your garden, you can divide your plants into two groups, those like thyme, sage, rosemary, french tarragon and oregano that like full sun; and those that like partial shade, such as rocket, sorrel, mizuna, mustard, parsley and chervil.
You can learn to grow your own healthy herbs for cooking, for teas, for herbal medicines and more

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Best places to by organic herbs and spices:

HerbalCraft is a home, British Columbia based business run by Dianne and Lee. We sell herbs for
  • Green Leaf PhotoBirthing & Motherhood
  • Culinary Herbs
  • Herbs for Dyeing & Colouring
  • Herbs for Salves
  • Poultice Herbs
Tea Herbs You can feel free to message us if you have any questions and we encourage you to do so. Sometimes we can suggest ways to make your purchase much easier or suggest a usage for a herb you might not have thought of, or even point you to local suppliers of equipment / ingredients.

Teaming with Microbes:
The Organic Gardener's Guide to the Soil Food Web (Revised Edition) 
By Jeff Lowenfels and Wayne Lewis 
Organic Soil Book PhotoSmart gardeners know that soil is anything but an inert substance. Healthy soil is teeming with life — not just earthworms and insects, but a staggering multitude of bacteria, fungi, and other microorganisms. When we use chemical fertilizers, we injure the microbial life that sustains healthy plants, and thus become increasingly dependent on an arsenal of artificial, often toxic, substances. But there is an alternative to this vicious cycle. We can garden in a way that strengthens the soil food web — the complex world of soil-dwelling organisms whose interactions create a nurturing environment for plants.

"Teaming with Microbes" extols the benefits of cultivating the soil food web. First, it clearly explains the activities and organisms that make up the web. Next, it explains how gardeners can cultivate the life of the soil through the use of compost, mulches, and compost tea. The revised edition updates the original text and includes two completely new chapters — on mycorrhizae (beneficial associations fungi form with green-leaved plants) and archaea (single-celled organisms once thought to be allied to bacteria).

With Jeff Lowenfels's help, everyone — from devotees of organic gardening techniques to weekend gardeners who simply want to grow healthy, vigorous plants without resorting to chemicals — can create rich, nurturing, living soil.

Source:  Timber Press

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My Garden Pictures

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Greater Celandine on my backyard            Silk Rose Petals, late fall beauty!

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Georgina (Dahlia) is like a woman - strong but incredible fragile!

My Indoor Herb Garden

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Catnip                                                                                         Mint

More coming!

Pick Your Herb Garden Plants - It's Easy!

Mint PhotoOn this page, you can find a list of all herbs represented at this site: culinary herbs, healing herbs and tea herbs. Click on the links to find out more detailed information about chosen herb.

The Difference Between Herbs and Spices

Herbs and spices imageSome of you may not be aware of the actual difference between an herb and a spice. Quite often many people use the two terms interchangeably.
Over time the definitions for herbs and spices have changed a bit. In the past, spices have been categorized as fragrant, aromatic plant products like cinnamon, cloves, ginger and pepper, while herbs have always been recognized as green, leafy plants like mint, rosemary and thyme.

Today, according to the American Spice Trade Association, spices have become known as "any dried plant product used primarily for seasoning purposes." This all-inclusive definition seems to cover a wide range of plants like herbs, spice seeds and even dehydrated vegetables and spice blends.

Here, then, complete definition from Horticulture and Home Pest News:
Herbs and spices are obtained from plants. (Salt is neither a spice nor an herb. It is actually a mineral.) Herbs and spices are used primarily for adding flavor and aroma to food. And both are best used fresh but can be saved by drying. While there are similarities, there also are subtle differences between herbs and spices.

Herbs are obtained from the leaves of herbaceous (non-woody) plants. They are used for savory purposes in cooking and some have medicinal value. Herbs often are used in larger amounts than spices. Herbs originated from temperate climates such as Italy, France, and England. Herb also is a word used to define any herbaceous plant that dies down at the end of the growing season and may not refer to its culinary value at all.

Spices are obtained from roots, flowers, fruits, seeds or bark. Spices are native to warm tropical climates and can be woody or herbaceous plants. Spices often are more potent and stronger flavored than herbs; as a result they typically are used in smaller amounts. Some spices are used not only to add taste, but also as a preservative.

Some plants are both herbs and spices. The leaves of Coriandrum sativum are the source of cilantro (herb) while coriander (spice) is from the plant's seeds. Dill is another example. The seeds are a spice while dill weed is an herb derived from the plant's stems and leaves.