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Dress up your dinner plate with flowers from your small garden.

“>Hanging Nasturtium - edible flowers for small gardens

Can the flowers you grow do double duty?  If you plant edible flowers, enjoy them as they grow in your garden and then use them to dress up your dinner plate too!

Are you growing chives in your small herb garden?  Then you already have edible flowers to add to your culinary creations.  Chive blossoms can be used in salads and vinegars.  Pick the flower heads apart and add to a salad for a light onion flavor.

A common edible flower is Nasturtium.  Nasturtiums are easy to grow and incorporate into small garden designs.  They work well in hangers or containers.  The climbing variety lends well to a vertical format and they come in multiple colors – yellows, oranges, and reds.  I’ve added them to a dinner plate for great color and peppery taste.

How to know which flowers are edible?  You should always be careful before eating any flower. Check out this Edible Flowers Chart  for guidance.  You’ll find that rose petals, lilac, and lavender are other flowers that can be incorporated into your recipes.  Even the flowers of weeds have found their way into recipes…dandelion wine anyone?

 

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Vertical Gardening – Small Garden Design Ideas

“>When space is limited, going vertical can provide you the space you need to create your small garden design.  Many plants, vegetables, and even herbs can be coaxed to grow vertically, making them perfect for a small garden design space.

Vertical Small Garden Design Ideas
Vertical Gardening – Grow, Not Out, for More Vegetables and Flowers in Much Less Space, by Derek Fell

 

Vertical Small Garden Design
Garden Up! Smart Vertical Gardening for Small and Large Spaces, by Susan Morrison

 

There are various methods for creating a vertical small garden design.  Here are some ideas I’ve come across. Building a Vertical Pallet Garden Vertical Gardens can be Lush Masterpieces Vertical Garden goes Green with Recycled PET Bottles As with container gardening, the options for vertical planters can be endless…shoe bags hung to hold individual plants, old rain gutters, wooden frames, and more.  Check out some of the books devoted to Vertical Gardening. Do you have any vertical gardening idea that you can share?

 

 

 

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Herb Garden Design Video

Posted by admin on Oct 7, 2010 under herb garden design

CookingSessions.com host Jason Hill shows how to grow a culinary herb garden. With these tips, home cooks can learn about herb gardening and what to plant in their herb gardens. Among Hill’s favorite herbs for a kitchen herb garden design are oregano, basil, thyme, mint, tarragon, cilantro and chives.

Learn how to preserve your herbs by drying them.

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Preserving the Bounty from Your Herb Garden Design

Posted by admin on Sep 17, 2010 under herb garden design

Access to fresh herbs for cooking is just one benefit of creating an herb garden design.  You can also preserve your fresh herbs for longer enjoyment by drying them.  This is particularly useful for enjoying your herbs if you live in a climate with cold winter months.

There are various methods you can use for drying herbs.

Air Drying Your Herbs.

To air dry your herbs, start by gently washing and cleaning them.  Gather them in small bundles and secure with a rubber band.  You can then hang them upside down from the rubber band end in a well-ventilated space.  You may want to place the herb bundle, herbs downm, in a paper bag with holes punched in it for air circulation.  Gather the open portion of the paper bag together and hang.  This will help catch any leaves that may fall off as the herbs dry.

This method can take a few weeks for the herbs to completely dry.  How will you know when your herbs are ready?  When the herbs are completely dry, they will easily crumble when rubbed between your fingers.

Oven Drying

To quicken up the speed of drying, you could use your oven to dry your herbs.  After cleaning, spread your herbs out on a cookie sheet.  Place them in the oven at low temperature (150º to 180ºF or 65.5ºC or 82ºC) until they dry.  This could take 3 to 5 hours or more.

Drying Herbs with a Dehydrator

A quicker method for drying your herbs is to use an electric dehydrator.  Dehydrators are relatively inexpensive and provide high quality dried herbs.  A multi-layer dehydrator will enable you to dry larger quantities at one time.  You can also use a dehydrator for drying fruits and vegetables.

After cleaning your herbs, spread them out in each layer of your dehydrator.  Follow the manufacturer’s operating instructions for controlling temperature and air circulation.  Times will vary depending on the type of dehydrator.  The instructions should provide you with some guidelines.

Storing Your Dried Herbs

Whatever method you choose for drying your herbs, be sure to store them in an airtight container or bag.  To retain their color and fragrance, store them in a cool, dark, and dry area away from sunlight.

Extend Your Enjoyment of Your Herb Garden Design

When you preserve your herbs by drying, your herb garden design will continue to provide you enjoyment throughout the winter months.

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