Doesn’t matter if you are a professional cook or just casual baker at home – if you create meals, culinary herbs are for you. If you have ever used herbs and spices in foods, you can tell, that they make a marvelous difference.

I love to cook and I’m willing to bet, you love to too, since you are reading this. I’ve cooked for ages and I’m still learning every day.

One of the most important aspects for me is fresh ingredients. If I can, I will always buy my fresh food like fruits and vegetables from farmers market. I can always find fresh ingredients from there. And fresh culinary herbs are on top of my list, if I don’t have that particular plant growing at home. And honestly, I can get them even fresher than from my home, but ONLY during harvest season. If I have time, I go trough numerous farmers markets. Call me an nerd, but going trough and finding perfect food ingredients is exciting for me. I will determine my dinner meal and dessert during my shopping often times. I also love the community and friendly atmosphere farmers markets provide. The fresher food you eat, the healthier you are, that’s a solid fact. Nutrients decade over time, and nothing can match the vitamins and nutrients of an apple picked 2 days ago. This rule doesn’t exclude herbs. That is exactly why I grow my herbs at home – I can ensure their freshness and also keep my grocery list smaller.

Culinary herbs are our mother nature’s amazing production. Me and my family has used them ever since I can remember. I’ve had and grown my herb gardens for 7 years already. Amazing. I still remember how I thought it is going to be a hard, time consuming endeavor. But the reality was that it was so much fun researching and managing the small garden I had, that I forgot how ‘hard’ it was supposed to be. I quickly realized that herbs are basically weed. They grow everywhere, in all conditions and climates. Of course a lot of factors and fertilizers etc can help the growth and taste of the plants, but they grow in the absolute worst conditions as well.

I can’t remember which culinary herbs I started with, but it was something we use everyday like garlic, basil, thyme and others. I thought the first year I would yield barely anything. But in actually I had too much already, had to give a lot to my friends, just so I wouldn’t have to throw them away. In the second year, seeing how much I grew the first year, I took my garden down to about half the size of the first year. I just couldn’t handle all the herbs I got from the garden, and all I wanted was to have something small for myself, not to feed my friends and family with my hard work. The gardening WILL be a success for anyone who is going to try it, just like I did.

By growing herbs at home, you will no longer have to think about the freshness of your herbs and spices for foods. Since they are in the ground one second and in your food the next, that is as fresh as you can possibly get. The flavor will be unmatched with anything you could ever buy. The garden can be quite small for healthy yield. And really, the money I save isn’t gigantic but the difference is there. The fresher the herbs, the more expensive they are at the market. If you have space in your yard, it will be worth it. They are not only tasty but the aroma, the visual pleasure of the garden and the curves of the herbs. Everything about them is beautiful. A lot of herbs aren’t prone to winter conditions, which is why I always plant in the spring.

If you ever thought about setting up a herb or vegetable garden, I recommend to start it, no matter which season it is. The seeds cost next to nothing and the ground work for the garden is simple. I will write a tutorial for the ground work also in the following month, but there honestly is nothing hard to it. It take an hour or two, and you are done.

Growing vegetables at home is quite a thrill in my opinion. Vegetables which are home grown and are very unique in terms of texture, shape and taste, compared to vegetables are altered during the growing process, they result in looking very different in comparison to those vegetables which have had fertilizers and pesticides applied to them. A number of Grow It Yourself programs have begun to gain popularity in the recent years. This is because not only are these helpful to those who may be looking to reduce their expenses but also it is relaxing and an extremely effective way to increase the beauty and ambiance of your back yard. The calm and peaceful few hours of working in the garden is extremely soothing to the mind and body. It is also something that you cannot mess up. And it’s not the end product that matters. The entire process is awesome, and you will gain experience with every cycle of the process.

12 Heirloom Varieties of Vegetable Seeds
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4rrr12 Heirloom Varieties of Vegetable Seeds from Amazon

This collection of 12 has seeds for lettuce, red bull pepper, tomatoes, peas, squash, zucchini, spinach, sweet tomatoes, beans, beets, broccoli and eggplant. Comes with planting instructions, but you can also get that on my website here. This list may be a bit lacking. Most people eat 6 vegetables out of this list less than once a year. I listed this because it is, again, zziggysgal.

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Ferry Morse Large Vegetable Garden, 17 – Piece Set

Herbs are used for cooking around the world. There are numerous different kinds of herb seeds and so many ways that you can use them for like cooking, tea, skin care and so on.. Take a few minutes to get to know what you can do with some herbs and herb seeds, be it in food or as an herbal tea or infusion.  The seed of any plant is essentially what contains the plant’s DNA. Seeds have in them everything needed to start a new plant. Herb seeds are very easy to plant, and will start their lives either inside or outside depending on the type of herb. After a three to six week germination period, the organic herb seeds will begin to sprout. After another week or so, you may transplant the plant if it was initially grown in a container.

I have several herb plants on my windowsill in the kitchen. There are many reasons why, but zero reasons why not. I love the nature, and even though I live on the countryside, where nature is all around me in a few walking minutes, I like to have a piece of nature in every room of my house. Herb also smell great, they make the whole kitchen a nicer place to cook and do the everyday tasks. Because I have a whole garden of herbs in my back yard, the windowsill herb spot is not where I take my seasoning from. Most of the time. I sometimes do take a couple of leaves, if the mood and the flavor fits to the food or sauce I’m cooking.

I have about 8 different herb species growing the back garden and I think that is more than enough for anyone. I didn’t find any smaller than 12 pack of seeds on amazon, so I’m gonna show you what I think are the best two seed packs in there, that will do the trick for anyone.

 

I love zziggysgal. Their seeds are awesome. We can’t expect not to have genetically modified seeds, because honestly, they suck. I mean 40 years ago, a random tomato or a banana that grew in the forest couldn’t hold a candle to today’s nutritional standards as a fruit. Both are organic, but there are some very obvious(to a nutritional biologist) design flaws in the dna of everything that grows in the world. And despite the general world wide screams of ‘everything is bad’, everything about food and nutrition has gotten a lot better over the years.

 
4rrr12 Pack Organic Herb Seeds from Zziggysgal

Consists of: Italian Parsley, Thyme, Cilantro, Sweet Basil, Dill, Oregano, Sweet Marjoram, Chives, Summer Savory, Garlic Chives, Mustard and Sage

This has all of the everyday herbs you would need for cooking and ambiance. I have dill and garlic growing in the kitchen just for the smell and feel. I thought about adding another option, but looking at the details, I don’t think there is need for another. If you are thinking of getting herb seeds then definitely go for these. Cheap and fool proof. I recommend zziggysgal to my friends and family without a second doubt.

Hey. Growing flowers and plants is such a basic skill, that anyone could do it once they put their mind to it. Most flowers and plants are very resilient. Spring has always been the season for planting flower seeds, is the common consensus. However, that is said by someone who hasn’t tried planting seeds in the spring. That works just as well. There are a lot of rare and very fragile species, which need extremely avid care and sound conditions, but the truth is, that those species makes up of less than 0.17% of the total flowers that can be grown by people.

 If you are planning to acquire some flower seeds, I will lead you to 3 awesome and cheap choices.

Here is a very simple 3000 seed collection of flower seeds that I started with years ago:
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  • Quality Wildflower Seeds Packaged by “Seed Needs”
  • This wildflower mix includes species which can grow to a mature height of around 20 inches tall or more.
  • This mix prefers an area of full sunlight to very light shade
  • Easily established directly in the garden when the weather is warm
  • Easy planting instructions printed on each Seed Needs packet along with a colorful picture of how the plant will look fully grown.

20 most prominent flowers can be grown out of these. Resiliant, familiar flowers that you can grow in you back yard, house or even an apartment. However every plant needs sunlight. So no matter where you plant these, make sure they get sunlight for at least 3 to 4 hours every day, so place them near windows, terrace or somewhere like that. If you end up buying one of these sets, planting and growing them successfully, hit me up with a story if you like. I love to hear people’s stories about this kind of things, because it IS my passion and I surround myself with it every day.

I can also post this here with your permission.

 

If big, thick, tall flowers is your thing, then you definitely want to grow sunflowers. What I love about commercial flower seeds is how damn cheap they are. The kind of flowers I’m growing, a single seed can cost up to 30 dollars. However, take a look at this:

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The next set, is a very fragile one. These must be planted in the fall, or any time, where the frost is far away. These will die with the first night of below zero degrees Celcius(32  Fahrenheit). These flowers however are perfect for gifts for the ladies, gatherings or just on the table in a flowervase. Tip: Flower often die too quick in a vase. Just water isn’t enough to make them healthy, and most of them don’t last even a week. This is the cast with all flowers, not just this seed patch. However, preservatives, are super awesome in sustaining a the beauty of a flower. Add any soda, Sprite would be the most preferred because its see-trough. Coke fanta and all other soda brands work just as well. But 0.2 liters of sprite in a vase makes the flowers last 2 or 3 weeks.
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This is all for now. I just set up some basic flower recommendations. If you are already little more advanced gardner, then perhaps this site is not for you. I’m starting this site from the ground up, so people have time to catch on to the more advanced stuff I’m going to tell and teach on this web, and I would like for everyone to be able to contribute and grow along. Until next time.

Greg.

If you have every wanted to get started gardening but don’t exactly know how don’t worry. There are some basic guidelines that you should follow. First of all seeds are a great way to get started in gardening. There are many advantages to growing your own plants from seeds. Seeds are cheaper, you have more control of the plant quality, and they are easily obtained. If you are just getting started gardening you shouldn’t be concerned that growing your own plants from seeds is to hard. In fact it is very easy. You fist need to obtain your seeds to get started. These can be easily found at any local garden center. There are also many stores online that offer high quality seeds for gardeners. Another option is to talk to some local gardeners in your area. These people can be great resources as they often time have an excess supply and are more than willing to share with you to get started.

Once your seeds are obtained all you need is a pot and some soil. Follow the recommendations on the seed packet on how deep your seeds should be planted. Place them in the soil and give them a firm pat. This slight packing pushes out some of the air in the soil and gives the seeds good seed to soil contact. Now all you have to do is keep the pot in a warm spot and give it adequate moisture. You don’t want to over water your new potential seedling otherwise it can rot. A great method to do this is take your small pot with the seed in it. Next take a clear plastic bag that is resealable. Place the pot with moist soil in the bag and put a small amount of water in the bottom of the bag. This will basically give you your own mini greenhouse! Now place it in a sunny spot and wait for you seedling to get started. Some seeds can take up to three weeks to start growing so be patient. Check your pot often to make sure everything is okay and it has enough water and sunlight. You soon should see some sort of growth.

Some of the basic guidelines that you can follow when starting your seeds are:

  1. Make sure your pot has adequate moisture
  2. Keep it in a warm place to speed up germination
  3. Use a high quality potting soil

That’s all that it takes to start raising your own plants from seeds! Good luck on getting your own collection of plants started.

Seeds or seed pods is what is left behind when flowers shed their petals after bloom. The seeds were produced by the flower and range from one to a thousand depending on the plant. When a seed is planted in soil and watered the process of germination begins. All the “plant secrets” the seed has stored in itself breaks out of the seed and through the soil, and this is what we see as a sprout. Pretty soon this sprout turns into a plant which will produce even more seeds. Garden herb seeds go through the exact same process just described and followed by many other plants. Each of the garden herb seeds carry in them the secrets of the plant they originally came from.

Though all plants grow from seeds, not all beginning gardeners can cultivate garden herb seeds. Some plants are much easier being bought as cuttings or seedlings and being transplanted into the garden. To get the full experience of gardening, though, you’ll have to grow your plants from garden herb seeds. Some good herbs that grow well from seeds are thyme, sage, dill, sweet marjoram, dill, lavender, chives, mint, and basil. These plants are relatively easy to grow. Just give them time to germinate, and be patient with them. Also remember that each plant has a different growth rate and so just because one plant is growing doesn’t mean your other seeds are dead.

If you’re starting your garden for the first time, there isn’t much that needs to be done to prepare your seeds for the planting process. You can order your seeds from a local gardening store or off the Internet, and once you have them, you can plant them! Some people like soaking the seeds overnight before planting them, but this really isn’t necessary for herb seeds. They’ll grow just fine without the soaking. If you want to use seeds from an old plant you have, you’ll have to prepare the seeds the year before. When the flower petals on your plant begin to fall, you will see the seeds or seed pods left behind. Take these seeds by shaking the stalk over a piece of paper. You have to dry these seeds in the sun. Keeping wet seeds in a container can cause them to rot, so make sure they are well dried before you store them. When spring comes again, you will be ready with your seeds.

When planting your garden herb seeds, put a bit of fertilizer in the soil, though not too much. Herbs like a moist to slightly dry environment so make sure that there isn’t too much water in the spot. Make sure the herb garden seeds get anywhere from six to eight hours of sunlight, and keep them in a warm environment. Pretty soon your herb garden seeds will grow into tall herb plants which you can harvest and enjoy!

Organic herb seeds simply refer to seeds of herbs that are organically grown. Organic planting or gardening does not use synthetic chemicals for fertilizers and pesticides. Chemicals from these commercial products, which are generally harmful, are leeched into the plant roots, and thus, modify the genetic makeup of the plant including its fruits and seeds.

The chemicals absorbed by the plants can be passed on to humans when they consume their fruits and any parts of the plants. Governments in the US, in UK, and Europe promote and support organic planting for healthy and nutritious produce.

Fruits and vegetables grown with commercial fertilizers and pesticides do not only contain lesser nutrients. They can also be harmful to humans once they consume the particles or remnants of the chemicals present in those fertilizers and pesticides.

Among the organic fertilizers are compost, bone meal, crab meal, corn gluten meal, peat moss, cottonseed meal, cocoa meal, earthworm castings, Epsom salts, fish emulsion, greens and, gypsum, and humates. All these fertilizers are prepared and derived from natural ingredients or raw materials. Not only do they have the essential nutrients and minerals needed for healthy plant growth. They also do am amazing job in amending the soil.

As mentioned earlier, the organic herb seeds should not use commercialized pesticides as they too contain harmful chemicals. The best alternative for pesticides is companion planting. This means that other plants are planted in between or nearby the main plants. There are plants which have a natural way of repelling pests and insects, and plating them within a garden is beneficial. Most of these plants are herbs.

Oregano can drive away the white butterfly on cabbage. Tansy can ward off flies, ant, and aphids. Peppermint too can fend off the white cabbage moth and ants. Other herbs that can repel pests include the basil, turnip, coriander, mint, marjoram, parsley, and thyme.