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Winter Potted Indoor Herbs



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Keeping Potted Herbs Happy

As the world becomes more health-conscious, people are looking to become more pro-active when it comes to cooking at home and growing their own potted herbs.  By using fresh grown herbs in your food preparation you will use less oil, fat, butter and cream.

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Potted grown herbs have a powerful taste and delicious smells that add so much to food.  Donít forget you can use any home-grown potted herbs in all kinds of things from soap to candle making.  Fresh or dried they are simply wonderful and if you havenít tried to grow your own you are wasting your money.  Grocery store herbs are very expensive and unnecessary.

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Get some of our small terracotta clay flowerpots and saucers.  Decide on the size dependent on where you will grow them.  A kitchen window, a center island, back porch or patio area are all good places if you have easy access to them.  Clay flowerpots are good because terracotta is considered low fired and breathable which is super healthy for your herbs root systems.  Just make sure you have easy access or we all know what will happen.  You wonít use them!!!

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Treat your fresh herb just like fresh flowers.  When you trim your potted plants, place them in a glass of water and refrigerate up to 2 weeks.  Try drying some for adding to soups and casseroles by placing them on a paper towel and microwave for 30 sec intervals.  Turn as needed till brittle.

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You can freeze whole springs or chop them and place in a plastic bag for up to six months.
Itís easy to grow your own herbs in garden containers indoors and out, and we have the clay garden planters to help.  Pick up some potting mix at your local nursery or garden center and you are good to go.

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Post Last Updated: 1/12/2021 10:07:03 AM 

Grow Your Own Spa



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You do everything right.  Pot fresh herbs every season to use in your kitchen.  You place those garden planters next to the kitchen door so that you can get to them easily, or place the decorative pots on the patio so the fragrance can swarm your guests as they relax.  

One thing you have noticed is that the potted herbs are getting overgrown cause you can't use them fast enough.  So you think of clever ways to dry, or freeze them so you have them all year long but there is still an over abundance.  You start giving them to neighbors and friends but even that doesn't help.

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Well, here is another suggestion.  Create your own spa goodies.  Try these ideas and see if you love them as much as we think you will. With the holidays coming we think these make wonderful homemade gifts for loved ones!

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Basil infused olive oil for facial -  Fill a 16 oz mason jar with 2 cups of extra-virgin olive oil.  Add 2 or 3 sprigs each of basil and chamomile. Cover with cheesecloth and let infuse for up to a month.  Use as a moisturizing facial by dabbing 1/4 c max on face.  Remove with a dry cloth.  Yummy!

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Herb & Honey Body Scrub - Warm 2 Tbs honey.  Stir in 1 Tbs olive oil.  Add 3 Tbs, salt or sugar.  Add fresh herbs - such as 2 Tsp basil and 2 Tsp mint. Add a few drops of essential oil of your choice.  The smellier the better....hummmmm  Next bath, massage over your body and face, then rinse.  Smooth, Silky, Smelly Good time.

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Flower Petal Sugar Scrub - Mix 1 c brown sugar with 1/4 c honey and 1/4 c almond oil. Stir in 2 Tsp fresh flower petals or 1 Tsp dried petals.  Try a mix of rose, lavender and calendula for a wonderful experience.
Add a few drops of essential oil of your choice.  Use in bath, massage over body and face, then rinse.

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So you now have a choice.  You can use up your own grown herbs and potted flowers and create your own spa experience.  You can make these up for wonderful, personalized gifts or you can spend a small fortune to go to a spa to get the same experience. We think you will make the right choice.  Have fun!!!

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Post Last Updated: 9/19/2018 12:23:01 PM 

Grow your own Spa!



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It's always fun to try to decide what to plant and pot up from season to season.  Maybe you are into annuals so you recreate new displays every year or perhaps you prefer perennials that last from season to season. Either way we would like to suggest a few things to pot into a few garden planters then turn into spa treatments.  Here goes....

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Herbs are always fun plants to pot.  You can use them for cooking and healing products but here we would like to suggest a spa treatment.  Basil is easy to grow.  You can get quite a bumper crop of these herbs without much effort.  If you need to plant it or already are growing it then here is a spa treatment that you can do with all those lovely, fragrant basil leaves.

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Basil & Olive Oil Facial:  Fill a 16oz mason jar with 2 C virgin olive oil.  Add 3 sprigs each of basil and chamomile. Cover with cheesecloth, let infuse for up to a month.  Use as a moisturizing facial.  Simply dab 1/4 C max on face, remove with dry cloth.

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Adding herbs and flower petals to essential oils is always fun.  Here we suggest using flower petals from your garden planters that you have on your patio, porch or in the yard.  Think of the kinds of flowers you would like to use before planting.  Rose, Lavender or calendula.  All beautiful and fragrant.

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Flower Petal Sugar Scrub:  Mix 1 C brown sugar, 1/4 C honey & 1/4 C almond oil.  Yummy smelling!!!  Stir in 2 tsp fresh flower petals and mix.  Add a few drops of essential oil and massage all over your body, face and then rinse.  Amazing!

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Lastly lets try a herb and honey scrub for the body and face.  If you have a choice pot up herbs like basil, thyme, and mint as a good suggestion. Honey and herbs have a symbiotic relationship in the garden.

Herb & Honey Scrub:  Warm 2 T honey. Stir in 1 T olive oil.  Add 3 T sugar.  Add 3 tsp basil and mind and a few drops of essential oil.  Use in bath or massage over body and face, then rinse.

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Here are just a few idea of spa treament's that you can create at home yourself with just a few potted herbs and flowers from your flower pots.  Think of all the possibilities and start planting them into your garden pottery this season for the best results.
 
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Post Last Updated: 4/4/2018 3:53:32 PM 

Pottery Herb Beauty Treatments



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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Post Last Updated: 3/7/2018 12:28:29 PM 

Potted Herbs for Kids



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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Post Last Updated: 8/10/2017 1:09:24 PM 

Falling for Potted Sage



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Ever think about potting some Sage?  You may have tried basil, chives, rosemary, thyme but Sage is a wonderful choice for those who like to cook.  

Although sage is available both fresh and dried, we recommend using fresh.  Dried sage has a stronger more concentrated flavor that can sometimes be bitter.  If you are flavoring a soup, stew or pot of beans then dried is acceptable.  But, if you really want the sage flavor to shine you have to use fresh leaves.

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When looking for foods to pair with sage, think rich, starchy and sweet. Great with pork, potatoes, beans, grains, bread (think stuffing) and is fantastic on turkey, & pumpkin.  Try it with roasted apples & pears. Yummy!

When potting sage think of lots of sunshine and well draining soil. Use a garden pot with a drain hole because you don't want standing water on the roots. Place your pots in a kitchen window so they are close at hand while cooking or next to a kitchen back door so you can step out in all weather and clip off a few sprigs.

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Harvest individual leaves or springs several inches long. Rinse them to remove dust and gently blot with a kitchen towel.  Keep it dry because moisture will deteriorate it quickly.  It keeps in the refrigerator wrapped in paper towel for 2 to 3 days.

Lastly, if you haven't had fresh sage in the kitchen you are missing out on some great smells.  A small terracotta pot filled with sage is perfect on a center isle or in the window. You don't need much but it's well worth the effort.

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Post Last Updated: 2/14/2017 3:12:49 PM 

Bring Spring Inside During Winter



Who Wants Spring In Winter?  We do!

Are you tired of Winters harsh weather yet?  Better not be because it just started.  We have many more months of dreaming about our potted flowers & patio planters before they can come to life.  So, in the mean time we have a quick & easy project that will bring a touch of Spring indoors.

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Get a few terracotta garden planters.  Of course we love our because they are not only available in many sizes but the clay is a stunning product that imports to us from Italy.  Select a few sizes that will work great for planting indoor herbs.  The look of one size of pot all lined up in the kitchen window is also very popular and pleasing!

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Make sure the pots are clean and dry before painting.  Coat each pot with white paint and let dry completely.  Then using grit paper rub the areas on the pottery where you want the terracotta to show through. This gives the pots the distressed look we are going for.  Rub the lips, the sides and around the base to create an interesting pot.


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Now fill with potting soil and herbs purchased at your local nursery or garden center.  Not only are these lovely but they smell so nice.  Now you have your own European Distressed looking flowerpots but you have added a touch of Spring to your indoors.
 
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Post Last Updated: 1/3/2017 2:11:27 PM 

Let's Grow A Kitchen Garden



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When you think of gardening do you think of all the work, mess and time it will take to take on a project like this?  Have you ever thought about how much easier it would be to take this project inside and scale it down to a manageable size?  Well here are some tips that should help you decide that even you can handle an indoor garden.

Many types of fruits and veggies can be grown in garden containers indoors but the easiest indoor garden to grow is herbs.  Do you like fresh herbs?  They are so easy to grow that the decision of what to plant them in should take more time than the planting.  We love traditional clay flowerpots.  This type of pot breathes and keeps the roots of the herbs healthy and happy.  But, we would like to suggest some fun containers like tea cups, hanging pots, animal pots, and chalkboard pots.

Place the containers in a sunny window or spot in the kitchen where they will get plenty of sunlight.  Buy the herbs as starter plants or use seeds.  Water lightly, mist often and don't wet the leaves.  When you want to harvest the potted herbs do it with a light hand and keep it easy until the herbs are really set and stable.
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Suggested indoor garden herbs:
Basil - Bay Leaves - Chives - Cilantro - Dill - Mint - Oregano - Parsley - Rosemary
All easy to grow, all perfect to have on hand for cooking.
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Post Last Updated: 12/14/2016 12:56:01 PM 

Potted Herbs That Purify Air



Turn Potted Herbs into air purfiers


You love the thought of potting herbs to put into your kitchen so that you will have them to cook with. But, hereís another reason to have herbs in flowerpots indoors & nearby. They naturally purify the air!


Here is a collection of potted herbs that help with indoor pollution, bad odors and help to lower the carbon dioxide around your home naturally. Some will help to repel flies in the kitchen like basil and none will grow too tall if you use smallish sized clay pots.

Rosemary: You all know how great it is to cook with. The needle like leaves when chopped are perfect for cooking or a tea. But did you know that besides itís pleasant aroma a potted bunch of rosemary, purifies humid winter air! Rosemary breathes carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen. Some of the essential oils will exhale into the air so you donít even need to cook with it.

Basil: A pot full of basil gives off a rich aroma. It will also reduce the carbon dioxide in a room besides repelling flies in the kitchen. It has a wonderful peppery taste that is used in Italian dishes. Pinch off leaves when cooking to add a wonderful fresh taste to a savory dish. The aroma it gives off is heavenly.

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Mint: Ok we all know this makes a wonderful hot tea for winter. A flowerpot full of fresh mint makes the air easier to breathe if you have a cold. It has a wonderful soothing aroma. You will rest easier at night with a small pot of mint next to your bed.

Jasmine: Perfect for tea but also when potted and placed around the house will fill the home with fragrance along with purifying the air. A perfect combination! It is an inexpensive for of air freshener and all natural.

So, think about these wonderful herbs when you are looking for air purifiers for around your home. Indoor this time of year in colorful or traditional little pots is easy, perfect & complimentary!
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Post Last Updated: 12/27/2016 11:34:07 AM 

Let's Preserve Potted Herbs



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If you practiced what we have been preaching about potting up your own garden herbs, then this lesson is for you. We will offer tips on how to preserve your herb bounty in a few simple steps.  If you haven't tried to pot up herbs then you are missing out. It's easy and fun to do and the rewards just keep on giving.

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1.  Air or Hang Dry.  If you have space and time you can tie bunches of your harvested herbs upside down in a dark, warm but well ventilated area. They dry in 2 to 4 weeks or when the potted herbs are crispy and easy to crumble between your fingers. Store at this point and use as needed.

2.  Oven;  Arrange the herbs that you planted on a cookie sheet and set the oven to 180 degrees.  Heat for about 4 hours, keeping the oven door slightly open.  Stir occasionally during this process.  Your potted herbs will come out beautiful.

3.  Microwave.  If you need potted herbs dried fast then try this but watch them closely.
  
4.  Freezing whole or chopped.  Wash, dry the potted herbs in freezer bags with as much air removed as possible.  If chopping the herbs, work fast so they don't brown when exposed to the air.

5.  Salt or Sugar.  Layer fresh potted herb leaves between salt or sugar covering completely and leave until they are desiccated.  Sift them out and store in airtight containers.

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One teaspoon of dried potted herbs are equivalent to 1 Tablespoon of fresh.  If you prefer fresh then do what we highly recommend.  Plant them into small terracotta pots and grow indoors all year long.
  
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