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Some tips and ideas to set up a container garden

You CAN grow vegetables and herbs in a small space.  Would you like some inspiration on how to set up a container garden on your verandah or in your tiny garden space?  Let me send you some free ideas on on setting up your containers, finding the right soil and preparing to plant a productive mini garden.

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Harvesting and Drying Herbs

Harvesting and drying herbs from your garden is a good way of ensuring a continuous supply during winter and when you are unable to harvest fresh. The best time of day to pick herbs for drying is in the mornings when the dew on the plants has dried off.  Carefully cut the branches, pick the leaves as desired, taking care not to damage the plant, thereby allowing for regrowth. If necessary, rinse herbs off to get rid of dust or any insects that may be on the plant material.  Plants such as lavender, tarragon and mint can be made up into little bunches, tied up with some string and suspended in an airy, warm (but not hot and no direct...

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Make pesto with your basil, coriander and rocket before winter.

Not sure what to do with all the basil, rocket and pesto before winter sets in? Make pesto and store it. Summer is over and you not sure what to do with all that basil before the frost gets to it because you don't have all the ingredients such as pine nuts and parmesan cheese.  All I do is make the pesto up with the basil leaves, some olive oil and garlic (if I have garlic).  Then it can be stored in the fridge or even frozen.  I use it just like that in pasta, on hardboiled eggs, with baked potatoes and lots more.  If I get hold of some nuts (I have used pecan nuts and walnuts in the...

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Rosemary....Not just for food

Rosmarinus officinalis A plant that features in so many gardens and often we are not sure how to use it.  It grows as a woody shrub that has small, needle-like leaves with a resinous flavour.  It is often used for seasoning meats such as mutton and beef as well as roast vegetables as it helps the digestive system to process the fattier meats. This herb is hardy and survives even  the Free State winter frosts and its summer heat.  It grows well in the garden or a large pot as long as it is in well-drained soil and gets full sun.  To prevent it from becoming too woody, it helps to occasionally cut it back and new growth will soon...

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