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Dear Subscriber,

Here is Your Organic Vegetable Growing Newsletter #21
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Wednesday,6th. March 2005
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How Do You Design The Right Garden For Your Area?
 

 Contributed article:-


How Do You Design The Right Garden For Your Area?

Gardening can bring a lot of joy, entertainment, and stress
relief for years to come.  In fact, having a creative hobby
can do a lot to improve your quality of life - and gardens
will do a lot to improve the appearance of your home.

The first thing you should do before you even start planning
your garden is to figure out what type of garden you want.
Are you looking for something where you can just plant a few
flowers to enjoy during the growing season?  Are you looking
to design a small herb garden or vegetable patch?  You
should use the type of garden you want to help you choose
which design elements you want to use.

Next, you need to find out what sort of climate you live in.
You can do this by looking online for temperature climate
maps.  You can also check by looking up the statistics for
rainfall and average temperatures for each month of the year
where you live.

After you have decided what type of garden you would like
and have gathered data about the climate, the next step is
to think about the plants you would like to have in your
garden. Consider which plants both fit into the limitations
of the growing season for your location and can endure its
typical temperature amplitudes.

There is one more factor to consider, when planning a garden
~ the amount of shade each of your plants requires. Double
check that there is sufficient light in all locations where
you are going to plant.

After you get all of the previous steps figured out, you'll
be ready to plan your garden.  Make sure that your plan is
both simple to keep to, pleasing to you, and takes good
advantage of the space available to you.

Plants that need a lot of light should be placed away from
the buildings, since the buildings will block some of the
sunlight during the day.  You should also make sure that
there are not too many taller trees in the area, as those
can block the light too.

Deciding which plants to grow near the house, and which
should be in the open also requires some thought. If you
prefer the sunshine streaming through your windows, then you
are best not to have bulky trees or bushes near the house,
where they will block the sunlight.

The best plants for growing near the house are herbs or
vegetables, if you have decided that you will grow them.
This way herbs and vegetables are handy when you need them
for cooking. If your garden is predominantly a vegetable
one, consider how to arrange vegetables by location in order
to make sure they have sufficient sunlight, while at the
same time their location is not far from your kitchen and it
is most convenient for you, when you need them for your
cooking.

Last, but not least, take into account your personal
preferences, when designing a garden. If there are
particular extras you would like to have, for instance
winding pathways or gazebos, include them in the initial
design of the garden. Your outdoor garden is constrained
only by the limits of your creativity and the growing season
in your location.

David Kurshel is the owner and chief editor of BIO
<a href="http://www.biogardening.com">Gardening</a> --
an extensive gardening resource site. For more information,
articles, and a newsletter about gardening.  go to:
http://www.biogardening.com



Companion herbs

 

COMPANION HERBS
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Please Note:- The term Herb is used very loosely and may include references
to vegetables,fruit,flowers as well as plants normally called herbs.

Contributed Article :-

Growing Herbs in Your Garden

Herbs are one of the top gardening options. They don't take
a lot of skill to grow and they are the most useful of all
plant groups. For cookery, aromatics, medicine and
decoration, herbs come in useful. From a gardener's
perspective bugs and plant diseases seem to avoid herbs, so
they are close to the perfect choice for the household
garden.

Herbs used for medicinal purposes include garlic, which
can improve cholesterol levels, Echinacea for cold and flu
prevention, and chamomile for stress relief. Many herbs
are used in cooking, the most popular of which include
oregano, rosemary, thyme, dill, and ginger. Both lavender
and mint are popularly used for their fragrances and most
herbs make aesthetically pleasing additions to any garden.

There is a vast array of herbs for the garden, and each
will have it's own needs to learn about. Overall however
your herbs will benefit from good draining soil and
shouldn't receive much fertilizer. To get that all
important drainage in your soil you could incorporate some
rock pieces. If you over fertilize your herbs will be less
flavorsome.

Keeping herbs pruned helps keep them healthy. You should
take out the new buds when you see them. (Unless of course
you regularly use them in your cookery in which case you'll
be doing all the pruning you need.) Herbs are best gathered
before the sun's heat is really felt but after the dampness
of first light. If you pick between these two points you'll
enjoy your herbs all the more because the flavorful oils
are at their best.

With the onset of winter some herbs need to be harvested or
brought under cover. If you choose to harvest then there
are plenty of ways to keep the herbs for a long time. To
begin with always wash and carefully dry the cut herb.

Drying herbs is an old and still popular choice for keeping
picked herbs. The traditional country method is to bunch
the herbs and hang them from the roof beams in a cool,
damp-free, unlit space. If you want a more modern method
then herbs sandwiched between a pair of paper kitchen
napkins can dry out in the microwave. Give them a one
minute blast and then shorter zaps of twenty seconds a time
until you fee they've dried out. They should be a bit
crispy. When it comes to using dried in the place of fresh
in your recipes use about half the amount of dried as
compared to fresh. The most simple thing to do is just to
lay the herb leaves on a tray until the moisture has dried
from them.

Freezing herbs is also a popular method of preservation.
Using a food processor or blender, add a little bit of
water to the herbs, blend, and place the mixture into ice
cube trays. You can then use your herbs, as you need them
by adding the cubes directly to dishes. Another
alternative to the ice cube trays is to put the dried
leaves directly into a freezer bag. Frozen herbs have the
best flavor if used within a few months.

A herbologist is the professional who is best placed to
help you out with selecting a mixture of herbs. Any
herbologist will be able to select the plants you want to
achieve the blend of taste and smell that you have in mind.

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Do You Have any tips You would like to share with readers?

You will be given credit for any tips submitted and a link
to Your web page if You have one.

Every Tip used will be placed in a draw every 3 newsletters
and someone will win software or a gardening book.
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Happy Gardening,
                            Ed.
PS If You Have a Question about organic Gardening E-mail me.


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