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Lewis Ginter’s Plant Sale – 4/28-4/30/11

My favorite time of the year to buy some of the best seedlings to jump-start your organic garden is at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden’s annual plant sale.  And we’re in luck again this year with some of the coolest local vendors around!  

Whether you are into flower or veggie gardening or a bit of both, you”ll find a large variety, tons of helpful folks and plenty of education at the sale.  Remember to bring a cart or wagon for all your treasures, admission is always free to the sale.  Let’s grow somthing this season!!

Cook Something, Do Something, Herbs

Growing Herbs

When growing indoors, it’s best to plant herbs with like sunlight needs.  This information is commonly found either on the seed packets or on the plant stakes in the seedling container.

Again, I have to say that I have the best results when starting with seedlings, but you may prefer to start from seed. I use a rich organic soil and plant in  medium-sized pots since the herbs have some serious roots that like to spread out.  I am partial to clay pots, but with clay pots you need to water a little more frequently than with plastic or glazed ceramic pots because the clay absorbs the water.

Lowe’s, Wal-mart and Southern States all have a good selection of organic soils to choose from and varying price ranges.  You may want to also consider a good organic plant food to supplement the nutrients that these plants would normally draw from the ground soil.  I use Miracle-Gro Organic Potting Soil and Plant Food.  I have gotten really great results and this brand is very affordable and easy to find.

  1. Placing about 2-3 inches of soil in the base of your pot, place your seedling on top and fill in with soil. 
  2. Soak your plant with water and let soil dry a couple of days.  This will depend on the amount of light the plant requires.  Easiest way to determine if your herbs need watering is to put your finger into the soil to feel for moisture.  
  3. Mix your plant food with your water for your second watering.  I only add plant food to the water once a week. 
  4. Watch these herbs grow!
Cook Something, Do Something, Herbs

Kitchen Herbs to have handy…

I have potted my summer kitchen herbs!!!  There is nothing like snipping a handful of fresh herbs for dinner or any meal for that matter.  The kitchen window, if it gets some good light, is a perfect place to start a small herb garden.

I have found that I am not the best at starting from seed so I tend to purchase seedling from the local farmer’s market or even Lowe’s for that matter.  A little tending, some good organic potting soil, a little water and you have got yourselve an herb garden.

Sweet Basil, German Thyme, Cilantro and Rosemary are my favs and really do quite well in full to moderate sun and in containers.    So aromatic and each taste so good when added fresh to a meal.

Below is a list of some of the most commonly used “cooking” herbs:

  • Basil
  • Chives
  • Cilantro
  • Dill
  • Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme

I also enjoy having some mint on hand for iced tea.