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- THE HERBAL PRIMER-DAY ONE WHAT IS AN HERB?
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Still too hot to be outside for long. Interesting- the feed store cannot keep crickets for long as the heat is killing them. Greenlee, our alligator lizard, loves to go underneath the glass pond and lie in the cool.
Yesterday a squirrel tried to get in the window by the back room while we were sitting there. When he couldn't he cupped his hands around his eyes to look in and see why!
THE HERBAL PRIMER... DAY ONE-WHAT IS AN HERB?
I have been looking forward to writing about herbs, since my husband and I enjoy them so much. We enjoy growing them and enjoy eating them, too.
I was first introduced to growing herbs by sister, who gave us ten packages of herbs as a housewarming present. We planted them and were immediately hooked by the taste of fresh herbs when we harvested them.
Herbs are plants with leaves, seeds,roots, resin, bark or flowers used for flavoring, food, medicine, or perfume or parts of such a plant as used in cooking or other household uses.
Herbs have many uses besides eating; many are medicinal and used extensively in earlier times. When the use of herbs started is difficult to determine, as people used herbs medicinally but did not write down the effects or outcomes; the uses and combinations used were passed down by word of mouth, family to family.
Some are viewed to have spiritual meanings and are used in religious ceremonies. Burning Sage is widely used to cleanse houses and objects of unwelcome spirits. Indians used herbs for vision quests. And of course, everyone remembers the use of frankincense and myrrh in early Christian times.
Herbs were used to line floors and their scent was used to freshen homes. Herbs were used to stuff pillows, sachets or mattresses. Olympians were crowned with laurel and dill leaves. Herbs can be used as bath salts or to make scents. Herbs have also been used as natural dyes. Their flowers can be used in dried arrangements, or steeped as a tea.
Herbs can be annuals, biennials or perennials, although some annuals can be coaxed back to life in certain conditions. Some parts of an herb plant may be poisonous to consume, while another part on the same plant would be used for flavorings.Amounts of herbs are important, too,as too much of an herb can be toxic to your system.
Herbs are a delightful way to add flavor without calories, and are good for you. Herbs contain phytochemicals which have a healthy effect on the body.Many herbs grow wild in certain areas. Others were exchanged by families passing through the areas and seeds were harvested and shared.
When planting herbs, if you are just a beginner gardener, it is helpful to start with the ones which are fairly hardy and easy to grow. Rosemary for example, is an excellent plant which is fairly tough and drought-tolerant; it can grow as a shrub or as a small tree; it can also be trained around forms for a decorative effect. Rosemary is also used extensively as a ground plant by landscape designers.
Growing herbs is a fun way to have a garden, and can be grown with proper conditions indoors as well. When you taste your first homegrown herbs, you will be hooked like we were!
Tomorrow: The Medicinal Herbs.
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On today in American history, people in gardens everywhere were talking about:
1874 belle Star's first husband is slain
1890 Major League Hitter Cy Young made his major league debut with the Cleveland Spiders; first execution by electric chair
1911 Lucille Ball is born
1926 Gertrude Ederle becomes the first woman to swim the English Channel
1928 Andy Warhol is born
1945 Americans drop the bomb on Hiroshima, killing 80,000 people instantly
1991 Peugot bids farewell to the U.S. car market
2012 Michael Phelps ends his Olympic career with a total of 22 medals, 18 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze