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Everyone Needs A
|One of the
delightful pleasures of life are herbs. Besides adding beauty to
your garden they make foods taste better and provide a pleasant
scent to the air we breathe. In George Washington days everyone
had a herb garden that they used for culinary, teas and
medicinal purposes. That practice is slowly coming back.
A spaghetti garden is one of the most popular kitchen gardens. Anyone that
has a sunny patch of ground or a window-box can grow these herbs
of parsley, garlic, basil, bay laurel and oregano. A small
garden space can easily yield all the herbs that you’ll need for
delicious Italian meals. They are even easy to grow in a sunny
window for your year-round use.
Let us take a closer look at the spaghetti garden herbs:
+Oregano is a perennial ground cover plant. Oregano is a prolific grower
that can send out shoots that grow to six feet in a single
season. If pruned and bunched, oregano can grow into a small
border plant. It would rather have light, thin soil and lots of
sun, so keep it on the south side of your garden. When the
plants reach 4-5 inches harvesting can start. Pinch off the top
1/3 of the plant, just above a leaf intersection. The young
leaves are actually stronger dried than fresh and are the most
flavorful part of the plant. To dry, lay the leaves on newspaper
or a drying screen in the sun until the leaves crumble easily.
It will retain its flavor for months.
+Bay leaves add a favorable hint of spice to stews, soups and spaghetti
sauce. The bay laurel is a small tree that grows about a foot
per year, this makes it suitable for growing in a container. If
you live in a mild climate zone leave the container outside, but
if temperatures go below 25 degrees keep the tree in a pot and
bring it indoors during the winter.
+Basil seeds itself so easily that you may never have to buy another plant
after the first year. There are many different kinds of basil,
but all grow rapidly and require frequent pinching back to
prevent them from growing tall and leggy. When the plants have
reached about 6-8 inches tall, you can begin harvesting. Pinch
off the top 1/3 of the plant, just above a leaf intersection.
Pinch off any flower buds before they go to seed. Six to eight
plants will provide enough basil for the entire neighborhood.
+Garlic is probably the easiest plant to grow. Break apart a clove of
garlic, and plant the cloves about four inches apart, two to
four inches deep in a light soil. Lightly water and watch them
grow. You may harvest when tips of the leaves turn brown but do
not let them flower. Just dig up the bulbs, and use them. To
keep a fresh supply take one or two cloves from each bulb and
+Parsley is probably the most used herb in the world. You will find both
flat (Italian) and curly types. They complement the flavor of
everything from sauces to hearty stews. It is used as a garnish
on plates, or cut up and added to soups, dressings and salads.
Parsley adds vitamins and color, and quietly brings
out the flavor of other ingredients in the dish. Parsley is a biennial,
flowering in its second season. It prefers a little shade on a
hot sunny day, and should be kept watered to avoid wilting and
drying. Pinch back older stems to the base, allowing new leaves
and branches to grow.
Grow your own tomatoes and you are well on your way to becoming a Italian
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