herbs

What To Do With All That Parsley?

What To Do With All That Parsley? 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

One of my favorite herbs to grow in the garden is parsley. Most people think of parsley as the useless garnish on the plate that gets thrown out after the meal is done. Why this may be true, parsley is a nice addition to any garden that adds beauty, fragrance, and flavor for certain dishes. If you plant parsley regularly in your garden you know there will be enough to share even with the beneficial bugs! I plant new parsley each year even though you can harvest and let it grow a second year. The second year growth will not have as much flavor but it will produce seeds that you can keep for up to three years and plant on your own the following years. Parsley is more than just a garnish! It contains high levels of flavonoids which makes it a powerful anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Parsley can be used in soups, stews and casseroles. It has such a rich green color and strong aroma when harvested it is a no wonder it is heathy for you. Because it is in the same family as carrots and celery it can grow well into the fall season even with cooler temperatures. Planting just one plant in well drained moist soil will yield an ample supply of parsley that can be used fresh, dried, or frozen for future use. I even share some of my parsley with the caterpillars that eventually become pollinating butterflies. Why not, there is so much of it. I enjoyed using it fresh throughout the garden season making sure to harvest it when there were at least three branches on one stem. In past years I was cutting just the top part to use as a garnish and now know that if you use it for…

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Harvesting an Herbal Tea

Harvesting an Herbal Tea 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

The first day of fall has passed and temperatures are cool enough to break out the blankets, stoke the fire, and sip on some delicious warm drinks. Nothing is better this time of year than the standby favorites of coffee, hot chocolate and tea. Tea is not as popular as perhaps coffee or hot chocolate, but I think of it in particular because my garden is full of herbs that can be harvested for a nice flavorful tea. With the gardens winding down for the season there is still time to maintain the herbs in your garden to dry for future use. There are many herbs that can be used for tea. Some of my favorites are lavender, mint, rosemary and lemon balm, all of which I have grown in the Eco Garden System. I have even used them on the stove steeping in water to add a fantastic fragrance to my home. Herbs have so many uses! They can be used in all kinds of recipes from desserts to drinks. They add so much beauty and aroma to the garden as well as the home. The fresh aroma of just picked herbs is amazing as well as the beauty of the herbs in a bouquet on your counter. Not only is flavor and aroma part of an herb but they are also known to have medicinal properties that can help with many ailments. I had two such herbs that I set out to harvest for an October tea. Lemon Balm This was the first year I had grown lemon balm and it was one of the most fragrant herbs I have grown. I thought basil was wonderful because it smelled like an Italian kitchen but lemon balm was like a lemon meringue pie explosion. The lemon oil even looked…

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Growing Herbs in the Eco Garden System

Growing Herbs in the Eco Garden System 560 315 Eco Garden Systems

Herbs are the wonderful accent to every meal whether it is for extra flavor or to just add a little culinary art to the dish. Most of us feel like gourmet cooks when we use one or two of the many varieties of herbs available. Using fresh herbs is the bonus that every chef would like to have at their fingertips. Planting and growing herbs is very simple especially if you plant them in an elevated bed or a container that is easy to reach for an easy harvest. There is a variety that you can choose from to plant depending on your cooking style. Here are five herbs to consider the next time you plant your garden: Parsley I begin with parsley because it is very easy to grow and will continue to grow with each harvest. Parsley adds a lot of color to salads, soups, and mixed vegetable dishes. It is widely known for its use as a garnish. Parsley grows best in moist, well-drained soil which makes the Eco Garden System and ideal garden to grow in. It is used in Mediterranean dishes and is packed with nutrients rich in vitamin A, K and E. Oregano Two common varieties of oregano are Greek or Italian. The flavor of oregano is best before the plant blooms. Harvesting and allowing to dry is better for this herb because it does not hold up well to prolong cooking. If using fresh oregano it is best to add towards the end of cooking. Oregano tends to grow in a drier environment with a neutral pH. However in the Eco Garden System it thrives well due to the well-drained soil and the fact that it is easier to contain and control. It should be snipped regularly to keep it bushy and tender. It…

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