Posts Tagged ‘herbs’

PostHeaderIcon Growing Basil Indoors

It may seem strange to talk about growing indoors when the heat index is over 100 outside, but I’ve fallen in love with the simplicity of growing indoors.

There’s no weeds. No bugs. No going outside in the heat to tend to wilted plants. Just constant observation of my little plants in the cool indoors.

A few months ago I cleaned out my office, which had been used for a storage room. I was going to make it my official office to hid from kids over the summer, but it ended up being a mini-greenhouse instead.

Over the last few weeks I’ve attempted growing a few different things with new and old seeds I’ve obtained. I’ve tried potting soil and fancy equipment. I even tried starting my seeds in the Jiffy Plant Starter Kit, which was a complete failure long term. Sure they sprouted nicely, but they all died before the plants were of any use.

What I’ve learned is you don’t need anything complicated, nor do you need to use expensive items from the local Earl May. All you need is the following:
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PostHeaderIcon DIY Tips for Gardening

It’s about that time of year again when we have to start planning our gardens and figuring just what we plan to plant.

Instead of re-hashing what we covered last year, we figured we’d just give you a few links to our 2009 gardening series. It covered all the main topics and ideas for planting flowers, herbs, and vegetables both from seeds and bulbs/plants.

If you haven’t done so already, be sure to request a free catalog from Nature Hills. Sometimes the best ideas for what to plant come from just browsing a catalog! Plus of course they have some really interesting plants and seeds for sale, so do check them out after you request a catalog.

To start the series, we started with the obvious – planting seeds inside. This included flowers, vegetables, and herbs. Generally on spring break is when we start planning our garden, and planting all our seeds inside. Mid to late March, basically. Sometimes we hold off until April if it’s been a pretty ugly winter and we know we won’t see our garden under all the snow until late May.

To finish up the series, we covered some information on flower bulbs and vegetable plants. These of course you’ll hold off on until late spring when all the threat of frost is gone. Although flower bulbs can also be planted in late fall, but if your doing your garden in the spring, best to wait until frost has past.

For seeds, bulbs, plants, and other gardening supplies, be sure to see Nature Hills Nursery, Inc.