- Why Purchase Herbs At The Supermarket?
Why Purchase Herbs At The Supermarket?
Herbs are no doubt among the easiest plants to grow in your garden. Many of them are fairly drought tolerant and have a blooming period albeit short. In addition, herbs lend a delicious fragrance to the garden.
While most herbs are easily grown in containers which is a major plus, if you have space, consider planting an entire herb garden. It needn't take that much space. A plot of land measuring approximate 200-400 square feet should do you quite nicely. Find out the diameter of a mature plant; obtain some graph paper and sketch out your garden before you dig a single hole. Remember to allow at least 1 foot of space between mature plants for ease of weeding and pruning.
One of the most fragrant herbs to add to your garden is lavender. The scent of lavender in bloom is heavenly and is wonderful for making scented sachets to hang in your closet or place in your dresser drawers. This is the only herb I would suggest you plant as many as you have space for as those sachets make wonderful gifts.
As the song goes, 4 great savory herbs to add to your garden are Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme. Fresh chopped parsley is a wonder addition to potato and pasta salads, not to mention a lovely garnish for many other dishes. Try drying sage leaves to add to many dishes including stuffing for turkey and chicken. And, both rosemary and thyme are excellent accents when roasting poultry and lamb among other savory dishes.
Tarragon is a wonderful addition to soups and vegetables. This herb is also good in tuna, egg, pasta and green salads. Add when making sauces for fish or chicken, it's a must for béarnaise sauce.
If you intend upon canning pickled vegetables from your garden or making pretty vinegars for gifts think about planting some dill. While its true you can purchase dried dill weed very cheaply, there is no way you can get a full stalk of dill unless you grow it or pay rather dearly for it when needed in quantity.
In my opinion, no herb garden is complete without chives. In fact, if I could plant only one herb, it would be chives because they are so very useful. While I love green onions, by the time I get around to using them, alas they all but lifeless. No problem with chives growing right outside my door. They not only add that touch of needed green, they also have that subtle onion flavor which is perfect for salads and potato toppings.
Unfortunately, another one of my favorite herbs is not worth planting. Cilantro tends to bolt so quickly you would be lucky to retrieve a leaf or two. Obviously those that grow cilantro commercially know something we don't know and they aren’t telling. If you figure it out please let me in on the secret. I will let you in on my secret for preserving store bought cilantro, however. Place the bunch of cilantro in a glass of water and cover with the plastic bag it came in. This way, the cilantro will stay fresh and crisp for up to 2 weeks in your fridge.
On a final note, let's talk about mint. A favorite of mine is pineapple mint. It has a wonderful fragrance and taste and makes a lovely tea and garnish. However, there is a real problem with mint. It's tangled roots go deep and it tends to try to take over every other plant in the garden. Spray it with Round-up and it comes right back again. Once planted, you simply can't get rid of it! So, if you want to add mint to your garden, plant it in a container and move the container often enough to insure it doesn't take root in the ground through the drainage hole in the container.
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Why Do Supermarket Herbs Die?
Why do supermarket herbs die? Do you know?
Once you understand the science behind plant growth, it becomes pretty obvious - the video explains 'why' and follow the link below to find out 'what' you can do about it.
Plants adapt to their environment - they have to, because they don't have legs and can't move, so they have to make the best of where they land or they'll die.
You'll have seen examples - maybe in your lawn, where part of it is in shade and grows poorly and the narrow bladed grass dies no matter that it's the same seed as in the rest of the garden - it's the environment.
Plants don't grow in environments that are hostile to their requirements - it's why you can't grow bananas in your garden unless you live in a tropical climate.
Plants grow leaves according to the conditions they find themselves in - bigger leaves means more surface area, means more sunlight, means more food (via photosynthesis, which is the process by which plants get their energy) - so if a plant finds itself in a shady spot, it grows relatively bigger leaves.
The supermarket herbs are grown under artificial conditions - perfect for plants, 18 hours of light and 6 hours of dark. Their leaves are small by comparison to plants grown naturally, as they're getting all the energy they need. That's why they grow so big in about three weeks - you're basically buying a pot of seedlings.
Move them out of these perfect conditions into the supermarket and the death sentence begins. They're in shock by being in the supermarket, away from their growing houses - their growth pattern begins to change, because it has to. Most of this is hidden by the clever plastic wrapper which holds the plant upright and shows its lush leaves.
The plants respond to this change, by growing their stems quicker to reach the light, at the same time, they'll be trying to grow bigger leaves to compensate for the lack of 'good' light. They shed their smaller leaves to give themselves more energy to put into growing bigger leaves. They get very tall (extra stem) and the quick growth spurt has only put on weak stems which keel over.
The compost they grow in is seedling compost - anything stronger might burn the seedlings. This has nutrients in it which is designed to last six weeks - that's their shelf life and why supermarket herbs more often than not, die.
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Welcome to our saving our supermarket herbs.
Over time we have bought quite a few herbs from the supermarket. You know the ones.
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Many people then chop them up and use them and then throw them away.
This is a huge problem with food waste and we should all plant them and see what regrowth that we can achieve.
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SIMPLE SAFE MEDICINAL HERBS YOU CAN BUY AT THE SUPERMARKET
In this video I go over my 10 favorite herbs you can grow yourself or buy at the supermarket. I'll go over these herbs and plants and their medicinal benefits. Herbalism doesnt have to be complicated. It can be simple, safe, and easy!
MY HERB GARDEN - Why I don't buy Herbs from Supermarkets!
I looove herbs, which is why I started my own herb garden when I moved into my new apartment.
The quality is uh-maaazing and I don't buy herbs from supermarkets at all anymore.
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