Potted herbs don't just smell great but they are loaded with nourishing anti-aging compounds that can restore radiance and smooth skin, thicken your hair erase dark marks. Growing them is as easy as purchasing the seeds from your local garden center along with some potting mix and small flowerpots from Arizona Pottery of course!
Potted Thyme: White up a purifying scrub. Dry 1 - 2 sprigs and remove the leaves from stems and light mash with spoon. Mix with 1 Tsp baking sod and a few drops of water to make a paste. Massage over clean, damp skin in small circles. Rinse and pat dry. Use 2 times a week. Enough for 1 treatment.
Potted Rosemary: Everyone knows how great rosemary is in the kitchen but here is a recipe hair growth. Place 4 springs of rosemary in a clean jar. Pour 2 cups warm water over the springs. Infuse for at least 4 hours. Strain into a clean spray bottle. Then add 2 T of vegetable glycerin. Shake and mist over scalp and hair. Massage then style. Keeps 2 weeks in the fridge.
Potted Parsley: Fine chop 8 washed parsley sprigs. Mash in a bowl with spoon. Cover with 1 c Hot water and steep 1 hr. Strain into spray bottle and chill in fridge. When ready, mist the liquid over cotton pads and place over closed eyes. Relax 15 mins. Erase dark under eyes.
Not interested in starting herbs from seeds, then purchase the beginner plants from the store. All you need to do is repot them into a Arizona Pottery decorative or terracotta flowerpot. Just make sure the pot has a drain hole since all herbs need well draining soil. Keep them around the house for cooking, sleeping and all of the above beauty treatments.
As we have said in past posts here at Arizona Pottery, gardening with your kids or grand kids can be a wonderful experience. So many great things will happen. They learn, they appreciate, they get involved. Best of all they are away from the television. Woo Hoo!
One of the easiest ways is to have them plant and garden some fresh herbs. They are easy to grow, fun to harvest, they get to eat them and you get quick results. There are so many types of herbs that you can plant into flowerpots and have great success but we are going to pick a few that we think are age appropriate.
Rosemary is an easy one to start with because it is used in many kinds of meals. It is a wonderful addition to chicken, and pork and is used a lot in grilling, salads and baked potatoes. This flavor is mild and yet pleasant.
Mint is an obvious choice. It is perfect for desserts, ice tea and lemonade. It grows fast, and taste yummy so we think most kids will love this potted herb.
Dill is fun because of it's fine feathery fronds. It looks fuzzy and kids will love that. It also makes a great addition to dips for veggies which many children love. This is a ideal herb for small kids to pot up.
Lastly we think Basil is a good herb to pot. The flavor is very mild and the leaves a large and easy to pick. Of course it's perfect when chopped and added to pasta or salads. The colors are amazing and fun for the little one also.
So take your kids to the local nursery and have them help select the herbs we mentioned above. Haul out some clay flowerpots and potting soil and let them help you get them started. We think you will pleasantly surprised how much children enjoy this type of DIY project.
Start a windowsill herb garden! Create the only garden where you can do your cultivating in a lovely evening gown or your comfy pajamas if you like.
Not only will you eat better and save money but by growing your own indoor potted herb garden you are keeping fresh ingredients close to your fingertips even during the winters cold months. There are a few things that need to be considered before you start but they are minor. Just dig in and have fun. You will be surprised how easy, fun, healthy and economical this hobby is.
Start by placing the potted herbs near or by a sunny window. Place the die hard sun lovers in the center and the less demanding off to the sides. Oregano is a sun lover! Even in late fall, it's not to late to pick up herb starters at any home and garden center. If for some reason you can't find them where you live, go online.
There are many places to shop from now. The 5 that we recommend the most would be Oregano, chives, mint, rosemary, and thyme. They can be used on a regular basis because they are included in most home cook recipes. They are also hardy enough to make it through the winter in your potted garden.
Since a potted windowsill garden takes up little space you will want to start with small pots. A 4" pot is a good place to start. Make sure they have drain holes and saucers to match. We like terracotta but any glazed or decorative container will work. Right now there are tons of cute set ups. We have seen clay pots in wire racks that are cute and portable for watering.
Start with covering the drain hole with gravel, pot shards or pot filler. Fill with potting soil not garden soil, take the herb out of the nursery container and place on the soil and then back fill with more soil. Try to get a fairly tight fit without any air holes and fill to within 1/4" of the top of the planter. Water the soil and get growing!
Once the winter months have ended you can transplant into a larger container on your patio or in your garden area. Keep all plants trimmed so they don't get over grown and woody. Most of all - have fun!
Wouldn't it be nice to have cilantro growing right outside your kitchen door in a lovely garden pot? Whenever you wanted to fix Mexican salsa or guacamole, or a Middle Eastern yogurt sauce for lamb kabobs, there the lacy, sweetly pungent leaves would be, ready to harvest.
But if you have ever tried to grow it, you have probably noticed that cilantro yields a fast crop; plants are barely up before they try to flower and set seeds. So those tasty leaves aren't around long, especially in warm weather.
To keep leaves coming, you can sow seeds every two weeks for a continuous crop. Or, even better, try the method we recommend. Grow cilantro as you would mesclun. Sow seeds thickly in a wide, shallow container or garden bowl then, as as plants are 3 to 4 inches tall and sporting a couple of cut able leaves, use scissors to cut off some foliage for cooking.
Shear from a different section of the containerever time, rotating the potas you go and never letting plants in any area mature. By the time you get back to the first section harvested, new leaves will have appeared. EASY!
Easy tips to follow:
1. Select a bowl shaped planter pot at least 18" wide and 8" to 10" deep. Obviously the larger the better for a nice supply.
2. Fill the pot with a fasting draining potting soil and mix in an organic fertilizer.
3. Before seeding, moisten the soil using a fine spray from the hose. Because the seeds are fairly small, mix them in a bowl with sand so they will disperse evenly and not clump together.
4. Gently mist the soil so as not to displace the seeds.
5. Place the container in full sun and the seeds should germinate in 7 to 10 days.
6. Harvest according to the instructions listed above. It is possible to harvest 4 crops from a single pot.
We all know that "Herbs are weeds" but you must admit that they are the most attractive looking and tastiest of weeds you will ever come across, and that is why gardeners as well as culinary cooks love them.
Most of the time when you think of herbs you think of Rosemary, Thyme, Dill and Parsley. These are all well know and popular herbs that we all love. However for gardeners who want to expand their boundaries as well as their palates there are mystery herbs that have pizzazz, vibrant taste and are easy to grow.
So lets take a look outside the basic herbal box and introduce you to some plants that grow beautifully in garden planter pots as well as soil.
Borage - look weird but tastes like cucumber. This underappreciated annual herb is a gem. It prefers warm temps, so direct-sow the seed or place transplants into the garden when nighttime temperatures are consistently above 50 degrees. Once this is planted you will never have to plant it again-unless you move it.
Use: Use the new leaves and flowers, which have a delicate cucumber flavor, as a garnish in salads, drinks or froze ice cubes.
Garlic chives - pack a pungent punch. With their flat, wide leaves, garlic chives are slow to emerge in spring. They have a wonderful garlic flavor, great green color, and showy white flowers that look stunning in a garden planter. The cut flowers hold well in a vase bouquets. Buy this herb as a transplant, or because it divides easily, encourage a friend who has it to give you a hunk.
Use: Chop the leaves and use fresh or dried in soups, salads, and marinades to add some garlicky onion flavor. The flowers make a great garnish.
Stevia - the sweetest herb of all. The leaves of this plant are sweeter than sugar. Because it loves warm weather, it must be planted when temps are 50 degrees or above. Be sure to cut off the white flowers to encourage this herb to make more sweet leaves. You can plant directly into a garden pot and then bring it indoors when it gets cold.
Uses: Steep the foliage in water, then freeze the strained liquid in ice cube trays to use in tea or lemonade. The leaves can be dried, as well as added to a brewing pot of tea or coffee.
Here are some great ideas: Infusion: 1 C water
4 stems stevia
Bring the water to boil, add stevia leaves, allow to steep until cool. Strain, and refigerate for up to 5 days or freeze to use later.
Another fun idea: Mix the infusion (above) to taste with unsweetened tea or lemonade. Serve over ice, and garnish with a sprig.
The secret to great health may be right in the clay pots you have sitting on your windowsill. Many herbs add not only flavor to food but also offer a slew of health benefits. Lets answer some quick questions on growing herbs.
Basil, most mints, bay, rosemary, savory and oregano are some of the easier herbs to grow in pots. Of course un-glazed terra-cotta is the best container material to use but other pots work well. The reason is simple: terra-cotta allows moisture and air to pass through. Other materials are usually high fired and are meant to repel moisture. If the pot has a drain hole this helps the water to pass through and just moisten the soil not saturate it.
Herbs also need as much light as possible - at least 4 to 5 hours of direct sunlight is preferred - a day. Use a grow light if necessary during certain times of year when sunlight is hard to come by.
If you start to notice pests like whiteflies, spider mites, or aphids - just use an insecticidal soap spray which is harmless to animals & humans. If your herbs get mealybugs or scale, discard them and start over with new plants.
From a basil plant in a sunny garden window, you can hardest a quarter pound of leaves in one cutting. Indoor herbs tend to reach for the light and become leggy; to force bushier, more attractive growth, pinch them back regularly about one to two inches a the growing tips. Don't hack them back as much as you would a plant outdoors in the ground.
There are many ways to use potted fresh herbs. Add to salads give great depth of flavor. Use chives in egg & omelettes dishes. Toss fresh mint into ice tea or black tea for a touch of sweetness. Nothing tastes as good as fresh basil on a hot oven pizza. Experiment and have fun!
Did you know that Basil is a natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial which is rich in magnesium?
Did you know that Dill oils may help carcinogens?
Did you know that Cilantro not only taste great in salsa but it is a good source of disease fighting phytonutrients?
Herbs are fun to grow, healthy to eat and taste fresh & fantastic. Give them a try.