When storing herbs, you probably already know to keep them away from light and heat as much as possible to help them retain their flavor. Airtight containers are also pretty important. But did you know that depending on the herbs themselves, shelf life may last anywhere from 1 to 3 years? Dating your herbs if you grow them yourself is important for this very reason.
I've seen memes about people getting excited about seed catalogs coming out rather than over, say, shoes or handbags, and I know y'all can relate. When that Baker Seed catalog is in my mailbox, the rest of the day is pretty much shot while Mama makes her wish list.
Black gardens are all the rage right now, and why wouldn't they be? They are incredibly stunning. There are entire groups created with a focus on "gothic gardening," and I know I've been bitten by the desire for more dark plants around my home.
In my family, we love mice so much that I had to say no when my husband and daughter wanted a snake. We had it in the house for two nights and I couldn't stand the idea of feeding it mice--or worse, rabbits, when it got older. We've had many mice pets! I understand they have to eat them, but I won't buy them as food. Luckily the breeder was happy to have the snake returned.
My sister just shared a photo from the Aoyama Flower Market Tea House and my entire family fell in love. How gorgeous! We all love plants and tea, and we have varying skills with both, so we started to snowball the idea of having our own destination tea house/flower market like this one where we live.
Does your local botanitcal gardens host a Christmas in the Garden, Garden Glow or similar event? It is the ultimate holiday lights event for anyone who loves to see things illuminated in the dark. From Silverton, Oregon to St. Louis, Missouri, there are these types of events across the country taking place at this time of year.
Natural solutions to garden problems are always my favorite, especially if they're cheap and easy. Crushing egg shells at the base of my plants is one of my favorite ways to deter slugs and deer, although some studies say it doesn't work on slugs after all. Just make sure you rinse them well, otherwise you'll attract rodents!
With so many gardeners in my life, I'm racking my brain to find the best holiday gift ideas for them. I love to make handmade gifts, either as the main gift or along with something I've purchased, and I thought some seed bombs might be fun this year, but only for the people who have told me what they plan on planting. I was thinking making some seed paper might also be a fun project.
One of the things I'd like to start to do in 2020 is utilize the Farmer's Almanac more. I've been browsing their website and not only is it informative, it's got really fun suggestions, colorful illustrations and info on everything, from fishing to full moons.
Gardeners, if I were to ask you just what you wanted this year, with no questions asked and no expense spared, what would you ask Santa for in regards to your gardening needs? I have a big piece of property that I know I'd ask for help with! Maybe Santa could let me borrow a few elves for groundskeeping purposes. Aside from that, I know I'd love a greenhouse for some all-year vegetables (not to mention veggies kept away from the deer), and maybe a beekeeping class.