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   Feb 25

Your Questions About Gardening

Richard asks…

What’s an easy plant to grow for an apartment?

I recently moved into an apartment and I’m very interested in growing my own veggies. Mostly peppers and herbs. I was thinking about something small I could keep out in the patio.

Also, is there any veggies that I can grow indoors? Please keep in mind I’m a single guy in a tiny apartment so it doesn’t have to be a huge arrangement.

thanks

GardenersCardiff answers:

Since winter is coming on, you should plant winter vegetables. Things like peas, beans, broccoli, cabbage, radishes, and lettuce. I once grew about a half-dozen red romaine lettuce plants. Every three days or so, I could go remove the outermost leaves of each plant and have enough for a good salad. I just kept doing that all winter until they finally went to seed in spring.

Peas are pretty rewarding, too. When they’re immature, the pods are edible, and the raw peas are sweet and crunchy. If you have a handful of plants, you can get enough pea pods for a little snack every couple of days. Or, you can collect the peas and keep them in the fridge for a side dish every week or so. Or, put the raw peas in the salad you made with your lettuce.

Herbs can be grown inside in a window planter. Basil, oregano, and parsley are very easy to grow. And, you can use the fresh basil to make a balsamic vinagrette dressing for the salad you made with your lettuce and peas.

Betty asks…

How do i go about growing my own herbs like basil and parsley?

I watch alot of the cooking shows on the food network and they always have basil and parsley in pots on their cabinets…I would love to have my own but dont know how to go about it.

GardenersCardiff answers:

Go to your local nursery or home depot or somethin and buy them – rosemary is nice too, it will eventually grow into a nice bush that smells wonderful in the summer
if you like or need a good groundcover, you could get some creeping thyme
but they will also have your basil and parsley, and it beats growing it from a seed

Sandy asks…

What is the best way to make perfume from my herb garden and how do I make the herbs into essences?

I am about to start to start to build my own herb garden – I have the plans for which herbs I will grow. I want to start making perfumes but don’t know how to make herbs into essences. Which way is the best to do so and which is the best way to make perfume?
Please help,
All contributions greatly received. xx

GardenersCardiff answers:

There is already a great deal out there on this. Go to your library and for a book on making perfumes. I quick way if you already have something going is to buy cheap vodka and soak the herb in then strain through a coffee filter. I made some about 12 years ago using things like coffee, vanilla extract, and magnolia oil. Remember that good perfume always has a fouls smelling odor in dilute quanties to enhance the stuff that smells good. It is called an earth note. People have used everything from the scent glands of musk deer and civet cats to manure, I used garlic

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