Winter is a great time for... Writing memoirs for no one but yourself. Turning on family members after being snowed in for two weeks. Losing nerve endings permanently due to frostbite. It also can remind you to start some preservation techniques before the whiteout commences. Perhaps one of the easier winter preps for outdoor gardens is in the herb bed. Before the season of discontent begins, look around at your herb garden. See all that green? … [Read more...] about Up Yours Winter! Or How I Saved the Herb Garden from Freezing.
Several weeks ago we began an experiment at the Fifth Season Asheville store incorporating several different herbs into a deep water culture system. We're happy to report that we succeeded in not killing anything. In fact, the herb variety (cilantro, dill, marjoram, and thyme) are thriving in the environment. During week one, the infant herbs were moved to the DWC and given the Canna nutrient line with a PPM of 250 (see the first installment of our culinary herb experiment for a precise … [Read more...] about From “How the @#$% Did they Grow That?” Page: Culinary Herbs in the Deep Water Culture Update
Note: For a complete set up and explanation of the nine site deep water system, go to part one of the hydroponic chronicles. Winter can be rough on the gourmet palette. Folks used to enhancing their food through fresh herbs can find the dried counterparts to be unsexy. Options exist if the taste buds scream for fresh year round. One is windowsill herbs, which will provide growth although winter daylight can be insufficient in length. Another solution (one resolved in the Fifth Season … [Read more...] about From “How the @#%$ Did They Grow That?” Page: Culinary Herbs in Deep Water Culture