Growing herbs is no more difficult than growing ordinary vegetables or flowers. In fact, some herbs, such as mint, bee balm, basil, oregano and tarragon are so prolific that you must careful they don’t take over your garden. As a general rule, plants classified as herbs are practically immune to disease and pests. They are hardy in almost all growing conditions and soil types. I winter on the panhandle of Florida and raise herbs there as well as in our summer home on the Jersey Shore. My herbs are hardy and even if I neglect them and forget to water them occasionally they do fine.
When you remove the plant from the little container that you bought it in, it will usually be root-bound, so tease the roots apart a little to help optimize growth. Plant herbs that grow taller in the rear of the container, plant shorter herbs in the front, so that all plants get plenty of light. Cascading plants such as Oregano and Thyme should be planted near the edges of the container so they can spill over the sides. Some tall Tips and tricks to growing include: Basil, Dill, and Rosemary. Medium size includes: Chives, Oregano, Parsley, and Sage. Short: Thyme. You can fit quite a few plants into a single container, but you will have to harvest more often so that they don’t get overcrowded. Next, water the plants in.
And if you do regular food shopping – and who doesn’t? – you’ll have noticed that the cost of filling the trolley gets higher almost every trip. Basics like bread, milk, eggs, butter and non-food paper goods seem to increase in price from day to day. So what can we do to save money and still buy nutritious food?
First of all don’t cut out important food groups like fruit, vegetables, meat and fish – your health will suffer and that’s not smart. You can go for cheaper choices without losing out on taste and vitamins. For example, use chicken legs or thighs instead of breasts in a casserole for more flavour at half the cost, but cook it for longer so that the meat is tender (using a slow cooker will save on electricity as well).
Plus once you get into making your own food you find it is a lot easier to change the way something tastes with just a couple of Growing herbs and spices and you wont be sacrificing the healthy nature of it either.
In the Saga of the Men of Vapnfjord, it tells of a doctor or healer called Thorvard. He was considered the best healer in the area. He spent seven nights healing the badly wounded Thorkel, using his runic skills. Thorkell was healed and Thorvard was given a horse and a silver bracelet. Quite a fee.
It does not have to be hard, lots of tasty healthy food is easy to make and you might find yourself enjoying it. So instead of going to the closest fast food, head to the supermarket pick out some whole foods that pique your interest and go to town cooking it up.