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How to Take Care of Your Herb & Spice Mills
The latest and greatest method of growing herbs for your own consumption is called an herb & spice mill. An herb & spice mill are a large scale commercial growing system that uses machinery to raise and harvest an excessive amount of herbs in a short period of time. These large vertical farming machines are designed for the intensive gardening needs of commercial growing facilities and are capable of harvests of up to 1500 pounds per crop. If you are looking for a new way to grow your favorite herbs for yourself or for a restaurant or catering business the new vertical growing method is a great option.
Home herb gardeners who need to get high volumes of high-quality, fresh herbs at a more economical cost should consider using vertical growing systems. Vertical growing systems are a great solution for anyone who loves cooking with herbs but cannot afford the large volumes of herbs needed in a traditional indoor garden. This herb growing machines are similar to a large commercial harvester and much like it you feed the plants with water, nutrients and spices which are suspended in the water line. They are completely enclosed and require little or no maintenance. Harvesting the plants is also very easy and does not require watering or other human assistance.
Harvesting can take place at anytime of the year. In fact, if you harvest during the cold winter months the harvested leaves will stay green for the entire year! This is a perfect example of how fresh herbs grown in a vertical fashion really can be. In order to enjoy fresh herb tastiness and flavor throughout the growing season, harvesting should be done on a weekly basis, after the last frost in the morning. Harvest leaves from the taller herbs such as oregano, Rosemary, dill, and sage right before they start to wilt, about two weeks before they turn yellow.
Harvesting can take place on the sunny side of the herb bed if the weather permits. Harvest herb grains from the shorter herbs such as parsley, thyme, dill, and basil by carefully cutting the stem ends. Harvesting the whole stems encourages for larger harvests.
When buying herbs - always select ones that come in small containers. Smaller containers allow for better air circulation and less watering - saving you money on watering! Harvest the smaller herbs - about one-half inch tall - before they turn yellow. After harvest, remove any decaying leaves or powder from the herbs - do not throw them away.
In order to assure quality, select a seedling from each plant you purchase. Seedlings will grow quickly and provide for excellent plant growth. Also, seedlings are easier to handle. Plant seeds just beneath the main plant growth. This will encourage new shoots to grow and develop new leaves for your collection.
Harvest the herb beds often. Herb gardens need care and attention to ensure healthy growth. Harvest the herb bed often to allow for new growth. Harvesting the herb beds leaves can destroy the flavor of the entire collection. Harvesting the herbs regularly allows for maximum flavor and freshness of your herb & spice products.
Always be sure the herbs are getting the right amount of sunlight. Overwatering the plants can result in the loss or discoloration of your product. In addition, the moisture levels should stay high throughout the growing season - especially during the hot, dry summer months. These tips will ensure your herb & spice products will get all the moisture and air they need to flower and grow. Also remember to water the soil, not just the plants - to ensure the best growing conditions.