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Growing Sweet Basil and Other Basil Varieties

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Your herb garden is not complete if you are not growing sweet basil. The bright green leaves give off a clove scent and make the perfect accent to a fresh tomato salad.

Sweet Basil Herb Planter

Basil – There are may varieties of basil which vary in size and color. But Sweet Basil is the most famous. It can’t be beat when it comes to topping tomatoes or flavoring spaghetti sauce. [Read more →]

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Using Herbs – Fresh Basil Tomato Sauce

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Basil goes with almost anything, but it goes especially well with tomatoes. The Greek word for basil means “king”. Which really fits this highly used culinary herb.

Today we pruned our basil back to keep it from blooming. So tonight we had “Fresh Basil Tomato Sauce” over ravioli. Yummmmm it was good.

Our tomatoes are not ready so I made replaced the fresh tomatoes  in this recipe with 2 – 15 oz. cans of tomatoes in puree. I also cut the cooking time down to 30 min. And because the spinach is plentiful I added 2 handfuls of spinach right at the end of the cooking time. [Read more →]

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Attracting Birds To Your Herb Garden

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Add texture and depth to you herb garden by attracting birds. Now this can be done in several ways.

  • A bird bath. Place a bird bath in your herb garden. Birds need water, especially in the winter and the harsh heat of summer. A bird bath will make your garden the in place to go. In the winter the birds flock around our small fish pond because we keep it heated.
  • A bird feeder. Place your feeders near your herb garden. Provide ground feeders as well as hanging feeders for song birds. And a bright humming bird feeder is a must.
  • Trees and bushes. Plant your herb garden near bushes and trees. This gives birds the cover they desire when they come to your garden to feed or bathe.
  • Plant herbs that birds love.

Plants to attract humming birds. [Read more →]

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Using Mint – Fresh Mint Recipes

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Mint is so refreshing and one of the most prolific summer herbs. Here are some simple ideas for using mint. I like to try different varieties. Like chocolate mint, peppermint, apple mint, basil mint (lemony) and spearmint.  Mint is easy to grow and is perfect for a shade garden.

Rinse your mint and use scissors to chop it.

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Salad Herbs – Summer Herb Gardening

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Fresh lettuce and spinach are abundant in our garden. Paring these delicious greens with fresh salad herbs is a welcome treat on hot summer nights.

Although salad herbs are well known in vinegars and dressings you can use salad herbs to add to your fresh greens. Here are a few of my favorites: [Read more →]

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The Herb Parsley- From Growing Parsley To Parsley Benefits

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Do you know why the herb parsley has been used as garnish on your plate?

This simple herb is easy to grow and parsley has benefits that I didn’t even until I researched this herb plant. This is a perfect plant when it comes to herb gardening for beginners.

Parsley – There are two main kinds of parsley- flat leaf parsley and curly leaf parsley. Flat leaf parsley is grown as an annual by seed and has most flavor for cooking and stands up to the heat. Curly leaf parsley is used as a garnish and keeps best in the fridge. [Read more →]

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Using Herbs – Cilantro In Fresh Mex Fiesta Salsa Recipe

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We love Mexican food. In fact when we go out to dinner we go Mexican. Cilantro is in the parsley family. It has almost a citrus taste. When it is full mature it is Coriander and the seeds are used in liquors and deserts.

Cilantro is easy to grow by seed. We put it the salsa garden along with tomatoes, a variety of peppers and onions.

When adding Cilantro to your recipes add it in small doses.

Fresh Mex Fiesta Salsa Recipe – Here is a video I did of my sister making this fabulous salsa. [Read more →]

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Using Fresh Herbs- The Dill Is Ready

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The dill in my herb garden reseeds its self every year. I love it. New little dill plants all over.

Finally the dill is ready to be cut an used. So tonight we are having trout with dill sauce. It just so happens we go trout fishing so that is the fish I like to use. But you can use this recipe with any fish.

Place your fish fillets on a buttered piece of heavy duty tin foil. Salt and pepper to taste. Place a few sprigs of dill and a little more butter on your fish. Wrap tightly. Cook on the grill on medium heat. You will have to judge the cooking time. I grill my trout fillets about 4 mins. on each side.

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Rosemary Peach BBQ Pork Loin – Using Herbs

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Make rosemary one of your favorite herbs on the BBQ.

A friend gave me this recipe….it is so easy and so good.

ROSEMARY PEACH BBQ PORK LOIN

6 to 8 servings – 10 min prep time
30 min marinade time
1/4 c. salt
3/4 c. brown sugar
2 c. boiling water
1 tray of ice cubes
2 pork tenerloins – about 1 lb each
1 c. peach jam
1 Tb. rosemary -  finely chopped
1/2 c. Dijon mustard
Mix – Pour in boiling water over salt and sugar and stir to dissolve.
Add ice cubes to cool down the mixture.
Place pork loin in brine and place in fridge for 30 mins.
Grill loins on medium heat for 20 min.
Make glaze of peach jam, rosemary and mustard.
Glaze loins the last 5 minute so grill time.
Cover with foil and let stand for 5 mins.
Serve – Yummy

You can also use the rosemary stems as skewers for vegetables and thinly cut meats. Strip the stems and soak them in water for 20 minutes before you thread on your veggies and meat.

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Home Herb Garden- Buying Herb Plants

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Buying herb plants for your home herb garden appears to be a little more difficult than I first thought. While visiting the local nursery it came to our attention that people did not know how to pick plants. This may sound weird, but there is a skill to picking plants that will do best when you transplant them into your garden.

My sister and I made this video to help you in choosing the best plants. Although this video is general it applies to buying herb plants. [Read more →]

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