Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Gardening - Information on Lemon Grass

My seeds to plant

     Lemongrass is a herb that you can use around your house for several reasons. You can use it in the kitchen to add a Lemley flavor to anything you're cooking. You can use it for medical use. Last way, you can also use it to help keep the bugs away from where you're at outside. 

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     This year I am hoping to grow over 70 lemongrass plants. Yes I do agree that that sounds like a lot but I want to put them around my rabbit and chicken cages. I will also use them for cooking and herbal medicine. 

     Lemongrass is a perennial in some areas but in my cold area it will not be. You can grow lemon grass from a cutting from seeds. Lemongrass gets planted inside 15 weeks before the last frost aiding it's a good about a time to grow before you plant outside. But it is an easy planner because you just put it on top of the soil and it should grow. Lemongrass  should ground 2-3 feet tall. 

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     Do you have lemongrass growing in your yard? If so what do you use it for? 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Gardening - Information on How to Grow Oregano

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Oregano is one of my favorite herbs to grow. The reason is Oregano is a prenaunal plant. So once you grow it, it will come back every year. I have a nice patch in my herb garden now. 

My seeds!!
     Now I know you are wondering if it is growing in the garden now why do I want to grow more. I want to grow a little more so that I can add new life to the area. Plus I want to be able to share it with my girlfriends and my mom for Mother's Day. I love hand out herbs for a Mother's Day gifts. 

      Here is a helpful video about planting oregano seeds http://youtu.be/nh90I0P2Buc I love watching these blogs and learning what they have to say! 

      I start my seeds around the 15 weeks before my last frost. This gives time for the plants to grow into a good size to either share or to plant into my garden. The last time I planted oregano seeds was 2013. They are still growing in my garden today.

When do you start your oregano seeds? 

Gardening - Why to Plant Oregano in the Garden? ~ Kitchen Cabinet

Here is a mix of herb I picked last year for dinner

     There are two reason I grow Oregano in my garden. One is medical and we will talk more about that tomorrow. The other is for my kitchen use and we will be focusing on that today.
     When I cook Italian food, I need oregano. You can buy dried Oregano in the store for about a dollar a herb shaker. But the tried herb doesn't do plant any justice. Having fresh oregano in my opinion makes my dishes so much!  
     It is also a lot cheaper then buying the store kind. You can go to Lowes and buy a pack of seeds for less than $2.  You will get so many seeds for that price. For me one plant will provide more than enough for my kitchen cabinet. The rest of the seeds can be saved or shared. Once your oregano plant is established, you shouldn't have to plant another one. 
     The last reason I like to grow my own oregano is because I know it's an early a.m. and it's organic. This is very important to me because I would like to be able to have almost everything organic and without GMOs in the plants. I can't I can't control it all the time but every step counts. 
     Do you grow oregano in your garden? Why do you grow oregano in your garden?

Gardening - Why to Plant Oregano in the Garden? ~ Medicine cabinet

There is so much oregano for the winter

      I was told you yesterday in Gardening - Why to Plant Oregano in the Garden? ~ Kitchen Cabinet, I would explain why I like oregano in my medicine cabinet. 

        Benefits of Oregano
  • antiviral
  • anti-inflammatory
  • antibacterial
  • antioxidant
  • anti-fungal
  • anti-microbial
  • anti-parasitic
  • Promote menstrual cycle
  • treating viral infections 
  • digestive upsets
  • coughs
  • urinary problems
  • headaches
  • fungal infections like candida or athlete’s foot
  • antihistamine 
  • inhibit growth of cancer cells 
  • aid in lowering cholesterol levels 

     All of these awesome effects can come from a plant I can grow in my garden! It's exciting. I'm not a doctor so please talk to one if you are try any herbs. Here are some sites I checked out to get my information, thank you herbal treatment remedies  thank you Garden Ablaze  and Mark's Daily Apple.  Do you use Oregano for any medical use?