Thyme – The Herb For Your Garden And Kitchen

A well-known and important herb, common thyme (Thymus vulgaris) is a perennial subshrub and is still used in the kitchen after many centuries to flavour meat, fish and vegetable dishes, in bouquets garni. It is a charming, attractive plant for the herb container. There is a number of thymes that can be used in the kitchen including T. herba-barona, with the scent of caraway traditionally used to flavour a baron of beef, and some creeping thymes.

Thyme is a shrubby perennial with small, oval, narrow, grey-green leaves, long, woody, branched stems, and sturdy roots. This plant blooms in mid-summer and has lavender-pink flowers that occur in small clusters. The flowers attract bees and the honey produced is highly valued. The leaves are very aromatic. Leaves, stems, and flowers may all be eaten.

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What Is Compost Tea?

Organic gardeners all know compost is fantastic stuff. But now, there’s something even better and that’s compost tea. If you start with a good compost you’ll have a versatile elixir for all your garden needs. It is not only cheap and easy to make, it provides plants with a hearty dose of healthy nutrients immediately, which helps them to grow better and stronger.

Compost tea helps prevent foliage diseases and at the same time increase the nutrients to the plant and shutdown the toxins hurting the plants. It will improve the taste/flavor of your vegetables. So why not give this tea a try either by buying it or brewing it yourself. You won’t believe the results. Compost tea that is correctly brewed has a wealth of microorganisms that will benefit your plants’ growth and health as well as the soil that they live in. Compost tea can be considered yogurt for the soil.

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Garden Decorating With Garden Accents

Decorating your garden with the correct choice of garden décor can change an average garden into a fabulous one. There are many garden accents available online today, and rather than just clutter their yard or garden up with disconnected ‘ornaments’, many decide to use a theme.

Whether that is an oriental theme, a natural one or you have had your children in mind, when decorating your garden you may wish to include a number of functional items. Items such as garden stools, clocks, thermometers, plant stands and composters might appear mundane, but they can also make a significant contribution to your garden décor. Here are some items that would not be out of place in any garden, irrespective of what other garden accents have been used.

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Vertical Gardens Design

There are various techniques for interior garden design, from simply hanging baskets with plants to the mounting of frames on the wall where plants are embedded. Installation of a vertical garden is convenient and cost-effective, but aside from these advantages, your home will also transform into a more unique and interesting living space.

A vertical garden, also called the green wall, can be customized according to your preferences and personality. To give your backyard or indoor garden the splendor of flowing water and to add chic, then you can add a fountain. And with our modern technology, one can select from a wide range of elegant designs that can complement the setting of your garden. Also, the aquatic sounds have soothing effects so you can relax after a day’s work or just anytime you want.

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Carpets Of Colors In Winter Garden

The best way to make sure that the winter garden looks good is to work in layers from the bottom up. Start off with small plants that hug the ground, then make sure you have interesting shapes in beds and borders over the winter months, before moving on to topiary, trees, conifers, and artificial shapes.

Winter bulbs. Many people think that the only bulbs worth planting are those that flower in spring, yet there are some sensational ones for the winter. These will brighten up a woodland garden or a patch of ground beneath a deciduous tree. This is an ideal place for planting because the bare branches mean that bright light reaches the ground in winter, when the bulbs need it most.

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Listed here are the non-succulent flowering Euphorbias with the exception of Poinsettia (E. pulcherrima). The Crown of Thorns (often referred to as a ‘Christ plant’ or the ‘Christ-thorn’) is an old favorite which remains an excellent and undemanding choice for a sunny window. It does not need misting, will withstand some neglect and does not have to be moved to an unheated room in winter.

Leaves may drop during this resting season but new leaf buds wil appear within a month or two. Scarlet Plume (E. flugens) is much less common and its growth habit is quite different. Long arching branches bear Willow-like leaves, and in winter the flower-heads appear – colored bracts surround tiny true flowers. The color is orange or white with a yellow eye. Keep cool and rather dry for a month after flowering.

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