What To Do With Your Herb & Vegetable Harvest

The hardest thing about harvesting your fresh herbs and veggies is deciding what to do with all your produce. Let’s jump right in and get started with your herb harvest. What To Do With Your Herb Harvest There are four main things you can do with your herb harvest: Dry them. Woodier herbs like dill, rosemary, savory, and sage are best for drying. Keep reading to learn how to dry herbs. Freeze them. Soft-leaved herbs like chives, parsley, and basil, are better frozen. Try freezing your herbs in oil. Grill with them. Add some fresh flavors to your next barbecue. Not sure how to grill with herbs? Here’s some good inspiration. Use them fresh! Use fresh herbs as a garnish, add them to salad dressing, or create a flavorful spread or side dish to compliment the rest of your meal. Drying fresh herbs is one of the most common methods of preservation, but there is no “bad” way to use your fresh herbs, so get creative and use them however you want. How to Dry Herbs There are three main methods you can use to dry herbs:  1.  Hang Drying Gather together 4-6 stems of whichever herb you’re drying using an elastic band. If your bundles are too big, they won’t dry properly. Suspend the bundles from a piece of string from the ceiling or a clothes hanger and let them hang until they are completely dry and crispy to the touch. Hang drying herbs can attract dust and insects, so cover your bundles with paper bags before you hang them. Just punch a few holes in the bags...

How & When To Harvest Vegetables

If this is your first vegetable harvest, get ready for a veritable tidal wave of produce. Seriously. Never mind worrying about your gardening skills – most vegetable gardeners, even new ones, struggle to use all their produce. But before you can think about what you’re going to do with your veggies, you have to actually harvest them. The Golden Rule for Harvesting Vegetables The best thing you can do to make your vegetable harvest as easy as possible is to keep track of when each plant will be ready to harvest when you plant it. Take note of growing cycles on your calendar so you know roughly when to expect to harvest. Check your seed packets for a rough idea of when your produce will be ready. Before You Harvest Before you harvest your vegetables, there are two things to keep in mind: Make sure you pick at just the right time. Too early and your vegetables won’t be ripe enough, too late and they’ll be overripe. Harvesting vegetables as soon as they’re ripe encourages your plant to produce more, and on top of that you’ll also have tastier produce. Win win. Keep an eye out for other problems. If you see yellowing leaves or rotten produce, remove it as soon as you can. There’s no point letting the plant put energy into growing something you can’t eat, and you can even pass diseases onto your healthy plants if you don’t remove the bad bits. How To Harvest Vegetables Each vegetable needs to be harvested in its own unique way. Here’s how to harvest a few of our favorites....

How & When To Harvest Herbs

Growing your own herbs at home is a great way to enjoy fresh flavors all year long. But the weather is turning cooler and the days are getting shorter, and that means one thing: it’s harvest time! There are a few things you should keep in mind when harvesting herbs, no matter what herb you’re harvesting. Here’s some practical advice: Only pick herbs when they’re dry. Harvest when morning dew has evaporated, or at dusk. Harvest culinary herbs just before the buds open. Once they bloom, all the plant’s energy goes into producing blooms, not developing those tasty leaves. Be sure to pinch any buds before they flower. Harvest seeds before they turn from green to brown. Seeds should be brittle, dry, and crushable, but not brown. Be gentle! Fresh herbs are fragile, so when you harvest, handle them with care to avoid bruising your precious harvest. When To Harvest Herbs When you harvest herbs depends on three things: What part of the herb you’re planning to use or preserve. Do you only need the flower, or do you want the leaf or root? What you’re using the herb for. Do you plan on drying it, or using it fresh? The life cycle of the herb. Do you need to harvest before your herbs grow buds and flower? Once you’ve established which part of the herb you need and what you’re using it for, all you have to do is wait for your herbs to ripen for the picking. How To Harvest Herbs Every herb is harvested in its own unique way. Here’s how to harvest some of our favorites:...

Quiz: Which House Plant is Right for Me?

Houseplants make a wonderful addition to any home environment, but there are a lot of factors to consider when deciding which houseplant is right for you. Regional climate plays a role even when a plant is indoors, and what about your decor – which house plant best suits your interior design? And if you have pets or small children, you might want to stay away from certain poisonous or potentially hazardous varieties. Take the guesswork out of the equation – let us consider all the variables and suggest the perfect indoor garden plant for you. Complete this simple quiz to find out which house plant is right for you! Susan Austin is Sales Director for Minigarden North America. She can be reached at susan@minigardening.com....

In The News: Minigarden Adds Greenery to Your Home

Looking for an easy way to add greenery to your home? Canadian Living recently featured five inspirational indoor gardening ideas, including two great ways to add greenery to your home using Minigarden! Minigarden Corner is the perfect way to add life to empty corners. You can even bring greenery into your home without the hassle of watering! Our Minigarden Basic Tabletop units feature built-in reservoirs water your plants as they need it, which makes our Basic units perfect for black thumbs. Read the full article on Canadian Living. Susan Austin is Sales Director for Minigarden North America. She can be reached at susan@minigardening.com....