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Fresh Herbs Win – Every Thyme! How to Care for Potted Herbs

From Oregano in October, to Mint in March, Indoor Herb Gardening Is Every Cook’s Secret Ingredient

 

Rosemary, cilantro, dill, lemongrass, chives, basil, parsley. Don’t you agree, these magnificent herbs make any dish better? And picking a fresh sprig is way better than opening a jar? So do we! Here some tips for how to care for potted herbs.

 

Good Ideas Going to Pot

Different herbs may require slightly different care, so it helps to plant each herb in its own pot, or group herbs with similar needs together. Use a quality potting mix, be sure there’s good drainage and yes to plant food twice a year. You can buy most herbs at the garden center, but definitely check for pests before you plant them at home.

 

Rules of (Green) Thumb

Good news. Taking care of herbs is uncomplicated, leaving you more time to decide between making veal parmigiana or rosemary chicken.

  • Find a Sunny Spot Natural light, and lots of it, grows herbs the best. Four hours of sun is optimum and can usually be found near windows that face south or southwest. East- or west-facing spots are nice, too. But if you don’t want your herbs to go south, avoid the north.
  • Is It Cold In Here? Herbs are like people. They feel best when the room is about 65-70 degrees. But no need to coddle them. They’re resilient, and can thrive at night, even on a windowsill. (But keep their leaves from touching the glass.)
  • The Dreaded Droop Ovens can get hot. Heated homes in winter – even air-conditioned rooms – can get dry. Herbs in distress will let you know they need attention by the simple act of wilting. Resuscitate by watering and they’ll perk up fast. You may even consider a weekly shower.
  • Avoid Soggy Feet If your herbs are planted in pots – especially terra cotta ones – there will be drainage. You should protect the surfaces under pots with saucers that you keep an eye on. Herbs don’t like sitting in water while their roots rot.

Interior Design, Not Inferior Design

Keeping herbs at hand means they’ll be “on display” in the kitchen. So if traditional terra cotta doesn’t reflect your inner decorator, think out of the pot. Cover tin cans with beautiful printed paper from the craft store. Hang an arrangement of clear drinking glasses from the ceiling. Group mason jars in a wicker basket. Be creative, but match your kitchen’s décor, so the herb containers blend in seamlessly. Just like the flavors in a good stew.

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War on Garden Weeds

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You step outside to breathe in the fresh air and admire your garden but then you see it: Weeds everywhere! Plants versus weeds – it’s a constant battle, fighting for territory over your garden but who will come out on top? Read these tips to win the war on weeds!

Keep Your Garden Weed Free

If your garden is already weed free, this is a good time to prevent an invasion! Weeds grow like… well… weeds. Once one or two weeds sprout, your garden is already under attack. Why spend your day hunched over in the hot sun digging for roots all day when you could be relaxing in the sun on a lounge chair amidst a beautiful garden? Preen® Weed Preventer prevents weeds from growing for 3 months. Simply spread it over your weed-free garden and give it a little, soft shower with the hose for it to take effect. Taking preventative measures to ensure that your garden stays healthy will save you a lot of time and effort when weeds do try to grow in your garden.

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Get Rid of Pesky Garden Weeds

Getting rid of those pesky weeds can be annoying and time-consuming. Truper® Weed Cutter will help dig up your weeds faster and in larger quantities. Use the weed cutter to pull up surface level weeds but try not to dig deeper than a couple inches. There may be more weed seeds waiting to be brought to the surface for sunlight. Ortho® Weed B Gon® Weed Killer Concentrate For Lawns kills stubborn weeds immediately, down to the root. It is safe for lawns and easy to spread, saving you a lot of time and strain.

Don’t Cut Until You See the Green of Their Leaves

If the weeds in your garden are out of control and digging them out is simply not an option, your best answer is to start clipping! Wait until the opportune moment to strike. When pulling out weeds, the sooner the better but if they’ve grown into your plants, it’s not too late. Cutting the tips off of weeds will effectively stunt their growth.

Divide and Conquer

Strive to be strategic and ‘keep it close to the chest!’ In this case, the strategy is to block out weeds by planting close to the rest! If your plants are in close quarters with one another then there isn’t enough room for weeds to grow. Make sure to give your seedlings a couple inches (or what is suggested) from each other so that they have room to grow but take up the areas where weeds could flourish.

And Keep Them from Coming Back!

After removing surface level weeds, there are still weeds a few inches under the soil waiting to reach enough sunlight to grow. Consider adding mulch to help nourish your plants and keep moisture in, while blocking weed seedlings from sunlight. Pick up a bag of Scotts® Nature Scapes Color Enhanced Mulch and lay a generous layer on your garden or landscape! Master Gardner Company Weed Ender 10 Year Landscape Fabric effectively controls weeds, without chemicals, letting nutrients, water and air in and keeping weeds out.

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We want you to win the war on weeds! Try these helpful methods and take back your garden! Weeds grow fast and are stubborn enemies but they are no match for us. Stop by Big R and pick up your weapons against weeds.

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Planning Your Vegetable Garden

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Save money and save time by producing your own vegetable garden oasis. There’s nothing like plucking a sun-ripened tomato right off the vine to create a BLT sandwich masterpiece. Fresh, quality produce right out your back door? Yes, please! Forget the bi-weekly trips to the grocery for the farm fresh produce! Bring your garden to life with these simple tips and tricks:

Choosing Vegetables for Your Garden

Before starting your garden, think about the products you purchase frequently at the market. Although cucumbers may be an easy vegetable to grow, it may not be a family favorite. Cucumber plants produce quite a bit so be sure to choose veggies that the entire family will enjoy! Look up recipes for ways you can fully utilize your fresh produce, like making tomatoes into pasta sauce or salsa.

Once you’ve decided on your vegetables, be sure to read the seed label to know exactly what you’re buying. One type of vegetable can have thousands of varieties. Ensure that the variety you choose is best for your space, soil, weather, etc. If you’re new to gardening, seed pods and Jiffy Mix are great options to get you started. Although the selection may be limited, the growth process will be hassle-free and your vegetables will be ready to harvest in no time.

Picking the Garden Space

The most important part to picking a garden space is the availability of sunlight. Most vegetables need 6-8 hours of sun to fully flourish. Monitor your backyard throughout the day to find a location that is ideal for these conditions. Be sure to consider the proximity to water as well. The last thing you want to be doing in the heat of summer is lugging around watering cans. If a hose is nearby, be sure to have a nozzle with a low-pressure water option. Too much water at once can be harmful to your new garden.

Preparing Your Garden Space

Once you have your space, clear out all excess weeds or plants. To give your garden a fresh start, add new soil that’s moist and full of nutrients. This will help provide your vegetable garden with the optimal amount of water. Next, plan out rows to plant your seeds. Know that each plant grows differently, with some needing more space than others. It’s best to label these rows so that you know exactly how to plant and care for each type of vegetable. Once your planning and preparation are done, you’ll be ready to start planting those seeds!

It’s easy to want to jump right into starting your new garden, but planning is vital. Remember that every garden and every vegetable is different, so research and preparation is key. Need some extra assistance? Ask one of our friendly garden center experts or view more tips on building a bountiful garden! If all goes according to plan, your patience and hard work will pay off with beautiful, savory produce in no time!