Great Herbs for a New Herb Gardener

Not only are herbs great in the kitchen but they are also easy plants to grow! Starting an herb garden is an awesome way for beginner gardeners to start growing their own produce! While there are tons of different herbs one can grow, these are a variety of herbs that may be more helpful for a new gardener.

Sage:

Sage is an excellent herb to cook with and its surprisingly easy to grow! The only thing it doesn’t like is wet ground, so be sure to plant somewhere sunny with well drained fertile soil! 

Good news, there are so many varieties of sage to choose from, some even have colored leaves! To encourage the sage to grow, you should harvest the leaves regularly. 

Oregano: 

Oregano plants like light soils and tend to thrive in more warm, sunny spots. They also have cute pink flowers and can make for a great ground cover at the front of borders. 

It is best to sow these seeds in the spring when the soil has just warmed up, or start them off indoors! Once the plants reach 10 cm tall, pinch out the vertical growing tips to encourage more leafy side shoots. 

Parsley: 

Parsley has oh so many uses in the kitchen! It helps to give seeds a bit of a head start by sowing them indoors on a windowsill with plenty of sunlight. Another option is to sow directly in the ground once the soil warms up. 

It can be slow to germinate, to speed things up, soak the seeds in water overnight before planing. Be sure to choose a spot with rich, slightly damp soil in partial shade or full sun. 

Mint: 

Mint can be grown from a seed but it is typically different than the parent plant, so we would advise buying the young plants rather than using seeds. 

Keep in mind, and spreads quickly, so plant in pots to contain the roots to stop it from taking over. Keep it in full sun or partial shade and be sure to pinch out any flower buds to encourage more leaf growth. 

Rosemary: 

Good news, rosemary is one of the easiest herbs to grow, because it is so hardy. Loving sun or shade, rosemary will grow in any soil, as long as the soil is not too wet. 

Rosemary grows quickly and vigorously and can be trimmed in June or so, to keep it in shape and stop it from getting too woody. 

Coriander: 

Talk about a versatile herb for the kitchen! Coriander grows well in the ground or containers. Seeds can take weeks to germinate, the plants are somewhat short – lived, so be sure to sow a few seeds every few weeks for a continuous supply. 

When stressed, Coriander can ‘bolt’ meaning it produces flowers and seeds, rather than tasty leaves. Keeping Coriander well watered and harvesting it regularly will yield the best results. 

Basil: 

Basil happens to be one of the most popular herbs, being that its so tasty and versatile. Sow the seeds into potting compost on a sunny windowsill from March on. 

For bushier growth, remove the growing tip when the plants are 15cm high. Plant basil out in the garden when the weather becomes warmer. A sheltered spot with full sun is where basil grows best. 

Chives: 

Last but not least, chives are a relative of the onion family. Chives have pointed, slender leaves and also produce fuzzy globe flowers in a purple or pink color. 

Sow chive seeds directly in the ground during March or April. Chives tend to grow best in a sunny spot with rich moist soil, so be sure tp keep them well watered! 

The Gift of Peace and Relaxation

Imagine for a moment you possessed the ability to give the gift of peace and relaxation. Would you pass it onto others? Would you keep it for yourself? Maybe you would do both?

Now imagine it’s a pleasant summer evening and you’re sitting in your favorite chair on your back porch. You’re sipping your favorite summer drink as the gentle summer breeze softly conducts the relaxing sounds of a wind chime. Peace and relaxation level 10, stress level zero.

Wind chimes are more than just an instrument to create soothing sounds. In fact, they date back to over 5,000 years ago when they were believed to help ward off evil spirits by the people of Ancient Rome and Southeastern Asia.  Over the years, wind chimes evolved to serve a variety of purposes from keeping animals and birds away from crops, to expressing sympathy as a memorial gift, to simply providing something pleasant on the eye and gentle on the ear.

Just as there are many different purposes of a wind chime, there are many different characteristics that you need consider when selecting the perfect wind chime.  When selecting the right wind chime, you need to consider what material you like both in terms of appearance and the tone it will create.  You also need to be aware of the size of the wind chime in relation to the space in which you will hang it (typically, the bigger the wind chime, the louder it will be).  And finally, there are a variety of designs, colors and styles of wind chimes, so select one that suits your personality and coordinates with your existing outdoor décor.

Frazee Gardens carries a wide variety of wind chimes. Stop in and browse on your own or let one of our friendly customer service associates help you select the perfect wind chime.

Pro Tip: A wind chime makes a great gift for a special loved one. Not only will they enjoy the sound and beauty of the gift, but they will think of you each time they hear the relaxing sounds of the wind chime.

Quick and Simple Care Tips for Spring Frost

Spring Time Frost TipsIt took the warmer Spring temperatures a while to get here, but they have finally arrived! And while we are all enjoying the warmer daytime temperatures, don’t forget that overnight temperatures may still bring frost. Be sure to take precaution with your flowers, shrubs and plants that might be affected.

Here are a few simple tips on how to protect your plants from overnight frost damage:

  1. If plants are in containers, bring them indoors overnight or at least into your garage or shed.
  2. Smaller plants and flowers can be covered with an inverted bucket or flower pot. You may even be able to cover up some low lying growth with a layer of mulch. Be sure to remove the covering in the morning once the temperature rises above freezing.
  3. Cover larger shrubs and trees with fabric such as an old bed sheet. If possible, drape the fabric over a frame rather than directly on the plant. You can make a simple frame by using three relatively-equal sticks to form a teepee-like structure, then use fabric to enclose and tie the sticks and fabric together at the top. Be sure to remove the covering in the morning once the temperature rises above freezing.
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