12 Most Easy-to-Grow Herbs

Yes, we have a little bit different post this time but hopefully it will inspire you to grow your own herbs. I – Carl, like gardening so I’ll share some things I’ve learned about these herbs.

12) ROSEMARY

Rosemary, is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant, evergreen, needle-like leaves and white, pink, purple, or blue flowers, native to the Mediterranean region. It is reasonably hardy in cool climates. It can withstand droughts, surviving a severe lack of water for lengthy periods. Forms range from upright to trailing, the upright forms can reach 1.5 m or 5 ft tall, rarely 2 m or 6 ft 7 in. It is considered easy to grow and pest-resistant. Rosemary can grow quite large and retain attractiveness for many years, can be pruned into formal shapes and low hedges. In colder climate such as in Northern Europe, make sure to take it to inside windowsill after summer since it won’t survive our winters. Trust me, I’ve tried many times.

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11) LAVENDER

Lavender is native to the Old World and is found from Cape Verde and the Canary Islands, Europe across to northern and eastern Africa, the Mediterranean, southwest Asia to southeast India. Many members of the genus are cultivated extensively in temperate climates as ornamental plants for garden and landscape use, for use as culinary herbs, and also commercially for the extraction of essential oils. The genus includes annual or short-lived herbaceous perennial plants, and shrub-like perennials, subshrubs or small shrubs. Lavender is grown as a condiment and used in salads and dressings. The flowers yield abundant nectar, from which bees make a high-quality honey. You can make tea from lavender flowers and leafs since it has relaxing properties. If you live in colder climates make sure to protect it from direct frost while outside.

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10) BASIL

Basil is also called the “king of herbs” and the “royal herb”. Basil is possibly native to India, and it has been cultivated there for more than 5,000 years.  It is a tender plant, best known as a culinary herb prominently featured in Italian cuisine, and also plays a major role in Southeast Asian cuisines. There are many varieties of basil, as well as several related species or species hybrids also called basil. The type used in Italian food is typically called sweet basil. Most common varieties of basil are treated as annuals, but some are perennial in warm, tropical climates. You can grow basil from seeds or cuttings. I usually grow basil from cuttings because I’ve noticed that these plants are bigger and bushier than these from seeds.

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9) CHIVES

A perennial plant, it is widespread in nature across much of Europe, Asia, and North America. Chives are a bulb-forming plants, growing to 30–50 cm or 12–20 in tall. Chives are a commonly used herb and can be found in grocery stores or grown in home gardens. In culinary use, the scapes and the unopened, immature flower buds are diced and used as an ingredient for fish, potatoes, soups, and other dishes. Chives have insect-repelling properties that can be used in gardens to control pests.

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8) LEMON BALM

Lemon balm is a perennial plant that is native to south-central Europe, the Mediterranean, Iran, and Central Asia, but now naturalized in the Americas and elsewhere. It grows to a maximum height of 70–150 cm (28–59 in). The leaves have a mild lemon scent similar to mint. During summer, small white flowers full of nectar appear. The leaves are used as an herb, in teas, and also as a flavouring. The plant is used to attract bees for honey production. The sweet smell of lemon balm is very relaxing and refreshing at the same time.

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7) MINT

Mint also known as Mentha has many species, it is estimated that 13 to 18 species exist, and the exact distinction between species is still unclear. Hybridization between some of the species occur naturally. Many other hybrids, as well as numerous cultivars, are known. Mints are widely distributed and can be found in many environments, most grow best in wet environments and moist soils. Mints will grow 10–120 cm tall and can spread over an indeterminate area. Due to their tendency to spread unchecked, some mints are considered invasive. It is best to grow mints in containers or pots. In Middle Eastern cuisine, mint is used on lamb dishes, while in British cuisine and American cuisine, mint sauce and mint jelly are used, respectively. Mint is widely used for tea.

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6) PARSLEY

Parsley  is native to the central Mediterranean region, naturalized elsewhere in Europe, and widely cultivated as a herb. Where it grows as a biennial, in the first year, it forms a rosette of tripinnate leaves 10–25 cm or 3.9–9.8 in long with numerous 1–3 cm or 0.4–1.2 in leaflets, and a taproot used as a food store over the winter. Parsley is widely used in European, Middle Eastern, and American cooking. Curly leaf parsley is often used as a garnish in central Europe, eastern Europe and southern Europe, as well as in western Asia. Parsley attracts several species of wildlife like butterflies and birds that feed on the seeds. I reccomend growing parsley although I personally aren’t crazy about parsley’s taste. It is very healthy and some reasearchers even say it has anti-cancer effects.

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5) SAGE

Sage is a perennial, evergreen subshrub, with woody stems, grayish leaves, and blue to purplish flowers. It is native to the Mediterranean region, though it has naturalized in many places throughout the world. Cultivars are quite variable in size, leaf and flower color, and foliage pattern, with many variegated leaf types but the Old World type grows to approximately 2 ft or 0.61 m tall and wide, with lavender flowers, though they can also be white, pink, or purple. Sage has for generations been listed as one of the essential herbs, along with parsley, rosemary and thyme in many European countries like Britain. It has a savory, slightly peppery flavor. It appears in many European cuisines, notably Italian, Balkan and Middle Eastern cookery. Sage shouldn’t survive the harsh winters of Northern Europe without proper protection but sage has survived in our garden despite the cold, rain, snow and wind for over 5 years now. Sage needs light pruning every year but it’s nothing overly complicated.

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4) THYME

Thyme is a small, attractive perennial herb with a plethora of small white, pink, or lilac flowers. Incredibly, there are more than 350 known thyme species, undoubtedly because they hybridize so easily. Thyme can be bushy or low-growing, with leaves varying in color from deep to paler green shades, some with touches of olive, silver (one of the hardiest), or bronze. Thyme is easy to grow, especially in sunshine, thriving in rocky crevices or containers. It’s one herb which snow can be brushed from to harvest the sprigs for kitchen use. The flowers of thyme are known for the nectar they generate, which attracts bees that subsequently produce thyme-infused honey. Mostly used in Mediterranean dishes. One of my all time favourite herb.

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3) CILANTRO

Cilantro, also known as coriander or Chinese parsley, is an annual herb that is native to regions spanning from southern Europe and northern Africa to southwestern Asia. It is a soft plant growing to 50 cm or 20 in tall. All parts of the plant are edible, but the fresh leaves and the dried seeds are the parts most traditionally used in cooking. Cilantro is used in cuisines throughout the world from South Asia to Mexico. It grows very well even in Northern European climate where I live, but some people find the leaves of cilantro to have an unpleasant soapy taste. So make sure that you like it’s taste before growing it.

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2) WINTER SAVORY

Winter savory  is native to warm temperate regions of southern Europe and Mediterranean. It is a perennial plant growing to 16 in or 41 cm tall and it has beautiful white flowers that bumblebees love. It makes an attractive border plant for any herb garden. It requires six hours of sun a day and soil that drains well. But don’t worry from my experience it doesn’t need almost any maintenance. Winter savory  goes very well with both beans and meats, very often lighter meats such as chicken and turkey. It has a strong flavour while uncooked but loses much of its flavour after cooking.

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1) OREGANO

Oregano is an important culinary and medicinal herb that has been used in medicine and cooking for thousands of years – with a number of potential health benefits.  It is native to temperate western and southwestern Eurasia and the Mediterranean region. Oregano typically grows 50 cm tall and has purple leaves around 2 to 3 centimeters in length. Oregano’s most prominent modern use is as the staple herb of Italian-American cuisine. It self-seeds pretty heavily based from my own experience with oregano and it grows well even on the less sunny years. Oregano is one herb that can become a weed and even overpower other herbs if you don’t maintain it regularly. But there’s one great thing- it’s culinary quality doesn’t go worse by not maintaining it and you’ll just get more oregano for your pasta and pizza. The lazy gardener’s dream, really!

Carl

DIY Rustic Box

Hello again! The Spring is almost here, well actually not for everyone (sorry Australia) but for those of you who live in Northern Hemisphere – happy Springtime! So spring cleaning is pretty essential part of the Spring but why not give a new and rustic touch to your rooms with some new design elements, such as DIY boxes. If you live in Estonia or anywhere else in Northern Europe you know that tangerines are super popular fruits in Christmastime and that they are often packaged into small wooden boxes. One of these boxes is the one that we used for our DIY box project. And honestly there’s only one thing that you have to do – paint it!

We used black acrylic color that can be used for canvas metal, wood, wall etc. You can choose whatever color you like but we went with simple yet sophisticated black. It is from an Italian company called Maimeri and the color’s precise name is Carbon Black. By the way, we looked from H&M’s website that they offer wooden boxes that look a little similar to the one we made but H&M offers them from 14,99 euros while ours didn’t even cost a half of that price – wooden box itself was “free” since it is actually just packaging and acrylic color cost about 5 euros. So you can achieve an awesome look and practicality for very cheap price and by recycling. You can use this box as storage box or also for growing your own windowsill herbs. We’re sure it’ll look great!

 

Why Blogging is Freaking Hard and DIY Jute Rope Coasters

Hi! Yes, YOU there! Nice to meet you and thanks for stopping by!

So this has been the first week of 2017 when we missed one of our publishing day’s. First of all, we’re sorry. It’s kind of hard to keep on posting when there aren’t many readers or engagement on blog. If you’ve ever had a blog you probably know what we’re talking about. Yeah, sometimes it’s hard to find motivation… But like Darren Rowse has said-“If you have just one reader and your blog changes their life your blog is big enough.”

DIY today is pretty self explanatory – you just have to hot glue sisal rope to a spiral and then you have awesome and rustic coasters. Very easy, it probably the easiest and most nailed Pinterest projects we’ve done so far. Do we recommend doing it? Absolutely!

Have a nice one!

20 Pinterest Fails That Will Crack You Up!

You have probably been on Pinterest and admired lovely ideas and projects on there but usually when you try to recreate them yourself they don’t quite come out beautifully. In fact most people who try will fail really miserably. But actually, these fails are the reason we started blogging in the first place. So, thank you Pinterest and people who have failed patheticly! We are there with you! Besides that, everyone want’s to have a good laugh and these fails will guarantee to make you giggle. One of our all time favourite fail is at the end of this post so make sure to scroll down to see it. It’s worth it!

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What You should do with $10?

Aren’t we all sometimes wasting our money on things that have no practical use or reason? Like that phone case that is shaped like a real banana or that golf course for your bathroom. That last one actually sounds pretty entertaining… Anyway, today’s post is something interesting and different even to Pinterest because we found so few DIY-s about Picture Frame Clocks that we even felt embarrassing on behalf of Pinterest. So we’re here to fix that mistake.

By the way it is relatively easy to make Picture Frame Clock, which made it even weirder that no one really do these, considering they look really beautiful and artsy. And in case you’re wondering, yes, it should only costs you up to $10, if you make a medium-sized clock. It will of course cost you 2 or 4 times more if you want to make a HUGE clock! You can also use an old picture frame and in that case the whole project would cost you only few dollars.

So the things you’ll need are:

  • Picture Frame
  • Quartz Clock Movement Mechanism Kit (Buy from Amazon, Ebay etc)
  • Cardboard
  • Handmade Decorative Paper

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  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • Super Glue
  • Ruler or Tape Measure
  • Pencil

1. Take the picture frame and remove its pack and glass part, you won’t need them. Take a cardboard and cut it out in the shape of the frame. It has to fit to the place where glass and pack part were before. Apply glue to one side of the cardboard with glue stick.2. Put the decorative paper to the glued side of cardboard, be careful not to break the paper. Next turn cardboard to the side that doesn’t have the decorative paper.
3. Set the cardboard into the frame and fixate it with frame’s metal clips.
4.  Measure out and mark the center of the cardboard with ruler and pencil. Poke a hole to the center carefully and make it big enough for clock movement mechanism.
5. Put some super glue to the edges of the hole (not too close to the actual hole though) Place the clock mechanism to the right place and stick the pointy part through the hole.6. Place and assemble the clock movement mechanism as showed on the package (usually mechanism is fixed with a nut and then clock hands are pointed to 12 o’clock, after that you can set the correct time).

It might seem like a lot of work but actually it isn’t! It took us only 10 minutes to make this clock, so you should try to make it yourself too! Perfect for your own home and also as a (housewarming) gift.

 

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3 Homemade BOOST Smoothies

Hi everyone! First of all, yes, we know what your thinking-it’s a little weird to post anything about fresh ice smoothies right now. We’re aware that it’s late February not mid July, so you don’t have to worry about our insanity. Besides, it is summer in Australia, isn’t it? Anyway Australia is actually a very good segway because smoothies that we made are originally from Australian company named Boost. If you have never heard of Boost juice bars then first of all We’re sad in your behalf because their Smoothies are just so amazingly delicious! We’ll add a link here, so that you could check out yourself if there’s a juice bar near to you. By the way we’re not sponsored by them although we totally wish we were 🙂

Of course, you can make your own rip-off versions of their smoothies if you happen to live far from Boost juice bars. We checked it out ourselves and found out that many countries don’t have that awesome company yet. So this post is meant especially for you there!

But now let’s get to the business.

For Strawberry Squeeze you’ll need-

  • 300ml apple juice
  • 1/4 frozen banana
  • 5 frozen strawberries
  • 200g unflavoured (or strawberry) yoghurt
  • 1 cup ice

For Mango Magic you’ll need-

  • 300ml apple juice
  • 1/4 frozen banana
  • 1/4 mango (frozen)
  • 200g unflavoured (or vanilla) yoghurt
  • 1 cup ice

For All Berry Bang, you’ll need-

  • 300ml apple juice
  • 1/4 frozen banana
  • 100g berry mix (strawberry, raspberry, blackcurrant)
  • 200g unflavoured (or strawberry) yoghurt
  • 1 cup ice

All recipes serve for 3.

Of course these are not exactly the same or correct recipes that Boost itself uses but they do taste very similar to the real thing! Try them yourself and tell us do they taste similar to the original smoothies.

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