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Mediterranean Herb Garden At Your Fingertips

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!

Create A Windowsill Herb Garden

 

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!

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The Key To Garden Success Year After Year

Using Technology In The Garden

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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

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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)

Website: http://www.smallblueprinter.com/garden/planner.html

 

Identify That Plant or Garden Problem – Garden Compass App

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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.

http://www.gardencompass.com

 

Identify That Bird – WhatBird.com

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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.

http://identify.whatbird.com/mwg/20/0/1/10/vals.aspx#Values

Thank you to WTLV-TV’s First Coast Living for inviting me on to share these websites!

 

Make a Three-Tiered Herb Garden In Just 20 Minutes

Yes, in 20 minutes you really CAN make a three tiered herb garden. It is simple and, if you use clay pots, pretty cost effective!

Supplies Needed:

  • Five Clay Pots of various sizes – I used a 15″, 12″, 8.5″ (two of them), and a 6.5″ pot.
  • Garen Soil – I used Miracle Grow Potting Soil with moisture control.
  • Plant Food – I used Osmocote for Flowers and Vegetables.
  • Stones for Drainage

Directions:

Check out the easy to follow the directions in the video!

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How To Disinfect Your Garden Tools!

How To Plant An Indoor Garden

 

All You Need For A Terrarium: Charcoal, rocks for drainage, a beautiful bowl, soil, and a plant perfect for your lighting conditions!
All You Need For A Terrarium: Charcoal, rocks for drainage, a beautiful bowl, soil, and a plant perfect for your lighting conditions!

An indoor garden? Why YES! A terrarium IS an indoor garden! The Diva shows you a few simple tips to create a beautiful display that will remain lovely for years to come!

SSD Terrarium2Here are a few basic tips from About.com on how to care for your terrarium:

  • Caring for your terrarium is easy. Check every couple of weeks to see if your terrarium needs water. Feel the soil to see if it is dry and add water if it is.
  • If your terrarium is closed, take off the top at least once a month to air it out. If you see lots of condensation or have added too much water, leave the top off until it has had a chance to dry out.
  • Pull off any leaves that show signs of yellowing or damage and prune plants if they grow too large.
  • Don’t fertilize your terrarium because you don’t want to encourage growth.

 

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Simple Garden Tip: The Simple (and Eco-Friendly) Way To Kill Weeds

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.

A big thank you to our lawn guy, Mike!

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