Tuesday, November 10, 2015


Planning and planting indoor herb gardens can be a lot of fun, but there are a few tips that are important for success.   Most importantly, they must have good light – 5-6hr direct sunlight per day – plus good drainage.  Place near a window or replace the light bulbs in a nearby lamp with special grow lights.  Pots inside pots are one of the best ways to plant indoor containers to prevent overwatering, plus let plant soil dry to the touch before watering.  The container gardens also benefit from regular doses of half-strength water-soluble fertilizer or slow release granules and regular misting to increase humidity.  Finally, choose 3-5 dwarf or smaller varieties of herbs for indoor gardens, selecting one that is upright, 1-2 that are bushy and 1-2 that spread depending upon the shape and size of your container. 
Herbs can be combined for a specific purpose:
French Cuisine
Example: chervil, thyme & lavender
Scarborough Fair Vinegar
Example: parsley, sage, rosemary & thyme
They can also be combined for their flowers, texture and fragrance:
Language of Flowers (herbs that convey a special meaning)
      Friends: rose scented geranium (preference), ivy (friendship) & pansy (thoughts of you)
Moonlight (herbs with silver and grey foliage)
      Example: dittany of Crete, curry & wooly thyme
Lemon (herbs with lemon scent)
      Example: lemon scented geranium, lemon gem marigolds, lemon thyme
Try a few of these herbs:
Aloe (Aloe barbadensis) - Succulent green spikes  
Basil SPICY GLOBE (Ocimum basilicum) – Pink flowers/purple foliage 
Bay (Laurus nobilis) - Thick green leaves 
Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) - Aromatic green leaves 
Chervil (Anthriscus Cerefolium) - Delicate lacy foliage 
Chives/Garlic Chives (Allium sp) – Purple or white flowers 
Curry (Helichrysum angustifolium) - Silver needle-like leaves 
Dittany of Crete (Origanum dictamnus) - Cone-shaped pink flowers 
Geranium SCENTED (Pelargonium spp) – Small leaf varieties, various colors 
Good Herb (Yerba Buena) - White flowers/vine foliage 
Lavender SPANISH (Lavandula stoechas) - Reddish purple butterfly-like flowers 
Lavender FRENCH (Lavandula x intermedia) - Purple spikes 
Marigold LEMON GEM (Tagetes tenuifolia) – Yellow edible flowers
Myrtle (Myrtus communis) - Showy white flowersParsley (Petroselinum crispum) - Curled foliage 
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) - Pale lavender/pink flowers 
Sage PURPLE/TRICOLOR (Salvia officinalis) – Varied foliage color 
Spice Bush (Iboza riparia) - Variegated foliage 
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) – Varied scent and foliage colors
 But grow in the grace and knowledge
of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 
To him be the glory
Both now and forever! Amen

2 Peter 3:18

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