I love to use fresh herbs when I am cooking! When I started looking at the types of herbs I use on a regular basis, I realized they all were herbs found in the Mediterranean climate! From Basil, Oregano and Rosemary, to Dill and Cilantro – all these herbs handle the sometimes dry, rocky terrain of the Mediterranean. So why not plant a Mediterranean Herb Garden! I love mine!
Here are just a few of the top Mediterranean Herbs – Plant what you like best!
I love to cook with fresh herbs, and this little windowsill herb garden features my favorites I use all the time! The plant holder is something (an iron condiment holder!) I picked up on sale at Tuesday Morning. You could also use a square, wire napkin holder as well! Check out dollar stores near you to find an inexpensive one!
i suggest you use moisture control potting soil (I used Miracle Grow Moisture Control). It helps keep the plant from being over-watered or under-watered!
I wish I had this simple little tip when I first started gardening! I was so enthusiastic, I went and bought lots of plants, planted them, then promptly forgot what each plant was! So when Spring came the next year, I had no idea what worked in my garden and what didn’t!
We are bringing technology outside today! What do you do if you have pest problems in the garden or need to identify a plant? Want to design your garden before you plant? Or even what kind of bird just visited your bird feeder? Here are a few top websites and apps to help you in your garden!
Design Your Garden – On Line Garden Planner
This website allows you to create a layout of your garden, or to use a pre-designed garden layout. They have a free, limited 15 day trial available (you can design, you just can’t save the plans), or you can purchase the full version for $34.00. They also have an app available for iPad for $9.99. (iPad app: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/garden-designer/id521621059)
Identify That Plant or Garden Problem – Garden Compass App
This app is like having a gardener in your pocket! They have garden experts in all regions of the country. You have a problem or need to identify a plant, you simply take a photo and it is sent to one of their garden experts. Within 24 hours, you receive an answer to your question. They have a library of more than 6,000 plants to reference. Right now, the App is free and can be used on iPad, iPod Touch, or your iPhone. When you download the app, you are given 6 credits for free, allowing you to send in 2 different photo inquiries. Additional credits (10 credits) are available to purchase for cost $6.99.
Humans aren’t the only ones who like to visit Florida! Birds like to visit our state on their migratory paths! WhatBird.com is a great, free site to identify the unique, and the run-of-the-mill, birds you see in your yard! You can identify the birds by color, body shape, bill shape and even by their sound! They also have an app called iBird for the iPhone and iPad – which is currently on sale for $14.99.
Spring is here and it is time to get in and prune out those dead leaves and branches from plants and shrubs. But look closely at them – there might be fungus or other disease on the plants that could be transmitted to healthy plants just by using your garden tools! Check out today’s video to see how to disinfect your garden tools!
Note: The trick to this tip is to make sure that the water is boiling hot – I first tried this with microwaved water that sat for a minute or so before I started taping. It did not do the trick. I went back and boiled water and took it directly from stove top to weeds. I saw it working the next day – it really killed them within 2 days. Then just pull the dead weeds out and they should not grow back! It also kills the seeds that get down in the cracks.