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Herb Window Garden That Pleases the Senses

30 Dec

Kitchen Windowsill Potted Herb Garden

I am just one gardener in an ancient chain that practices the time-honored tradition of herb pot gardening.  What’s growing now on my windowsill?  A quartet of fragrant herbs in a long pot to intertwine and become luxuriously full and green: piney rosemary, delicate lemon balm, robust basil and sweet mint.

I  read somewhere that fresh herbs contain a higher concentrations of antioxidants than leafy greens.  This caught my eye because I’m always looking for ways to fit healthier food into my meals.  I don’t have anything against spinach and kale, but herbs taste so much better and smell delicious!Close Up of Lemon Balm Leaf

I learned that lemon balm has “furry” leaves (see photo at right).  To me it smells of lemon verbena soap and tastes like lemon drops.  Along with mint it adds an unexpected, almost sweet element to salads.  Fresh basil makes the best pesto, and there is nothing like the strong flavor of rosemary to compliment hot, juicy roasted chicken.

Most herbs flourish easily indoors year round, requiring only a few (but key!) things: a window with six or more hours of daily sunlight, well draining potting soil (I like Miracle Grow), a chance to dry out a bit between waterings, having their flower buds pinched off and occasional fertilizing (over fertilizing causes rapid growth that is virtually tasteless).  Harvesting their leaves and sprigs actually promotes new growth.

Ahhh, fresh herbs within arm’s reach.  Definitely one of life’s simple pleasures!

Potted Herb Garden

Herb Seed Packet Templates

8 Dec

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Templates for Crafts

I thought I would share these whimsical seed packet templates I made.  Seed packets make charming homemade gifts for Christmas, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, bridesmaids and birthdays or memorable favors for wedding showers, weddings and baby showers.  So far there is cilantro, rosemary, chives and basil.

Instructions:

1) Download templates. Simply click below to open and download the templates.

Basil and Cilantro Seed Packet Templates

Rosemary and Chives Seed Packet Templates

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2) Print templates. Set the page orientation on your printer to portrait and your margins to one inch all around. Load 67 lb paper (plain printer paper works well too). Each page has two templates to reduce waste.

3) Cut along the outside borders.

4) Fold the “wings” (flaps) along the bottom and each side toward the back (i.e. non-printed side). Use a ruler to make a sharp crease in each fold. Fold the packet in half, along the line where the front and back meet. Fold down the top cover.

4) Glue the top edge of the back flap down, and glue the rest of the flaps together. Let the glue dry

5) Fill the packet partially full of seeds. Fold down the top cover.

6) Write Add “to” and “from”, the bride and groom’s name and their wedding date, express your wishes for a wonderful holiday, or other personal messages in the space provided.

I hope you find these seed packets useful and fun to make. For the holidays, I plan to make a stack containing each herb packet and tie the stack together with a rich red ribbon. Soon all of my friends will be cooking with fresh herbs and drying the surplus from their bounty. Hmmm, guess I’ll be posting some matching recipe cards and spice bottle labels soon.

These seed packet templates are free of charge. You do not need to provide any information (i.e. name, email, etc.) to use them. Copyright permission is for non-commercial use only. Feel free to link to them using the following url. Kindly do not link directly to the templates themselves, rather use:  http://lifeisjustagarden.wordpress.com/2011/12/08/seed-packet-templates/
 
Thank you and enjoy!
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