Aromatic Organic Herbs Seeds You Can Grow in Pots

 

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If you like to cook, to flavor your food and try different aromas all the time, you can grow your favorite herbs in pots. Thus, you will always have access to fresh and tasty spices. Here are the main herbs that can be grown inside:

Parsley

One of the most popular herbs in the world, parsley was discovered over 2,000 years ago. If you cultivate it in pots, you can have fresh parsley all year. You need herb seeds, a larger pot and topsoil mixed with sand.

It is very important to cover the seeds with clear plastic foil right after you sow them and make some holes in it. The foil can be removed only when the plant begins to grow. The pot should be kept in a bright place, with a constant temperature. The lack of light slows the leaf growth.

Dill

Just like parsley, dill is a light and heat-loving plant. Therefore, the dill pot should be kept in a warm and bright kitchen or balcony. It is recommended to moderately wet because its roots can rot. It is also recommended to constantly break the plant tops, so that they will regenerate more easily.

Unlike parsley which is perennial, dill is an annual plant, so you’ll be forced to replant it in pots each spring.

Rosemary

Rosemary resembles a fir tree, its always green leaves having a needle form. The plant needs plenty of light throughout the year.

Rosemary does not require much water but little moisture. It is advisable to put water in the plate for the plant to be able to take as needed.

It is important that the soil has good drainage so that excess water can drain easily and does not remain at its roots. You can use topsoil purchased from stores, mixed with a little sand.

Basil

Basil is very flavored and also has medicinal properties, with antioxidant, anticancer, antiviral and antibacterial effects. The plant needs a well-drained soil and should be maintained in the light. Therefore, it is advisable to place the pot on a window sill facing south.

Basil leaves are often used in salads, pasta, steak, various sauces but also in combination with fruits. It is good to know that it is better to use fresh basil because cooking will destroy the flavor.

Mint

Mint is a perennial plant, very aromatic, which is grown quite easy.

Mint prefers shady places and needs a moist soil to grow as many leaves. At the same time, to stimulate the production of leaves, yank existing ones often. It is good to know that mint grows and regenerates very quickly.

Thyme

You can dig up this plant from the garden and replant it in a pot or you can sow the seeds. Thyme is a light-loving plant but grows well in shady places, too. It is best to pluck the leaves once it has flourished.

Thyme is used to add flavor to meat, salads, soups, sauces, bread, vegetables and meat dishes, desserts. It gives a special flavor to lamb, tomatoes and eggs.

Sage

To cultivate sage in pots you can start with a cutting from a plant in the garden or sow the seeds. Sage tolerates the dry air inside the house and needs bright light, so it is good to be placed at a south window.

Sage is being used for centuries by people to protect them from evil and snake bite, but also to increase fertility in women. The plant has a slightly sweet and peppery flavor at the same time. It is used to flavor roasts, cheese or garnish preparation of various sauces.

Easy Gardening Tips for Disable Gardeners

Gardening is for everyone. It doesn’t require gardeners to be fully functional to perform various gardening activities. Although limited, disabled gardeners can still experience the joy of gardening. With the right tools and a little help from someone, you can create your own unique garden. This is a healthy activity that helps you relieve stress and have an inner peace. It doesn’t matter if you are sitting down on a wheelchair, just recovered from a mild stroke, old with weak grips or with sight loss, gardening is also for you.

You can start by doing simple gardening activities like weeding, digging and tilling. Your health is essential so don’t push yourself too hard, this activity has to be fun and not stress you out.

handicapAppropriate Activities to Loosen You Up

People with disabilities need activities to boost their morale which gardening promises to give. There might be some instances where you may need some help but working on your own definitely helps you gain confidence in yourself.

  • Digging – digging can be a laborious job for gardeners, but you can do it slow and safe. It might strain some parts of your body like arms, legs and back so perform a few stretches before doing it will help. Also, do it on intervals so you can take a rest in between.

  • Pruning – this is important in gardening to avoid plants from getting sick. Removing dry and unwanted leaves or stems also encourages plants to generate flowers and fruits. Wear protective gloves and avoid reaching up too much.

  • Watering – plants need enough water to grow healthy. It would help if you only have drought-resistant plants in the garden this way you won’t have to water them every day. To make the task easier for you, choose sprinklers or watering containers that are lightweight and easy to handle.

  • Raking – cleaning the beds or garden pathways makes the garden look clean and clear. Gather up leaves and weeds as you go so you won’t have to do it all at once. Also, use lighter rakes so you won’t end up straining your arms and back.

  • Sowing Seeds – bending down is hard most especially if you need to do it for a long time. In your case, raised beds and containers built in right dimensions will allow you to sit and work comfortably.

  • Moving Around with Tools – yes, this can be challenging most especially if you are on a wheelchair.  To comfortably move around, you can have a belt or apron to help you organize your tools. Trays and lightweight borrows can also help.

  • Planting – when planting choose plants that are easy to grow and doesn’t require too much attention like drought-resistant plants and grasses. Planting in garden beds can take a lot of time and needs lots of movements so consider on doing it by schedule, one section at a time. Be careful when lifting heavy pots, use trolleys if you have to.

Right Tools for Easy Gardening

gardening toolsGardening activities will be easier if you are using the right tools. As much as possible, don’t use heavy and conventional gardening tools in doing your tasks. This might strain you, there are actually certain tools made especially for you.

  • Hand Tools – these tools are usually used to dig, weed and cut. Tools today come in a variety of materials – choose lightweight items like those that are made from bamboo with carbon heads – these are effective and comfortable.

  • Lawn Shears – cutting grasses or trimming the lawn is hard if you don’t have the right tools. There are certain law shears with long handles so you won’t have to bend down. There are also one-handed lawn shears and battery operated shears for easy trimming.

  • Pruning Tools – this can be hard if you are have a weak grip and straining back so to avoid that, use long reach pruners with comfortable handles.

Study shows that people build up strength faster if they engage in gardening activities. So as long as you work slowly using the right tools you are good to go. So don’t be discouraged, start your garden now.

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