Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy 2014



Here at Thyme for Herbs, I am wishing you and yours a wonderful and Happy New Year!


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Saturday, December 21, 2013

It's Winter Solstice




   It's Winter Solstice.  What does that mean to you?  It's supposed to be the first day of winter, but looking out the window I'd say winter began a long time ago.  Yesterday we had an ice storm and most of the area schools in the whole of Western Michigan were closed.  Kids were ice skating on the sidewalks and playing hockey in the streets. Today a huge amount of snow is expected, between 6 and 8 inches.

   The winter solstice in the Northern hemisphere means that today this is the shortest day of the year. So if you like to be a positive thinker, that means the days will be longer, with  more sunshine, and that summer is on the way.  (I'll ignore all of the snow shoveling and ice scraping that we have to do first.)

   Now that winter solstice has come,  I can once again dream of gardens, dragonflies, balmy breezes, and chirping birds. I'm so glad I looked at the calendar today!


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PowerRocks Magicstick - a great stocking stuffer!




It's just a few days before Christmas and you have one last stocking stuffer to shop for.  This particular person is special, so a pack of lifesavers or a gift card to a fast food restaurant just won't do.  How about the PowerRocks Magicstick 2800 mAh.  It's a big title for a little product, but one your favorite person will wonder how they ever got along without.

   I know when I am out in the woods, I am most often taking photos with my phone.  My camera hardly comes out of the case.  There's nothing more frustrating than trying to get a shot of  a beautiful wildflower or a cute little bird's nest and finding out I forgot to charge the battery and now I don't have enough power to take the picture.  And I have to admit that in years past, a walk in the woods without communications was natural.  But now I am almost fearful if I don't have access to my phone in case of an emergency. What if I break a leg?  What if I get lost?

  This little device is a must have for this on-the-go generation. You just simply plug it in to your computer or electric outlet to get a good charge, and then pop it in your purse or backpack for later use. Then when you discover your device is low on battery, plug it directly to the Magicstick.  It quickly and easily gives your iPhone, iPad, eReader, or any other smart phone or Android device enough power for instant use. Leave it plugged in for a while for a full charge. Different devices can be charged 1 to 1 .5 times.   The six bright colors it comes in are fun, too, so you can choose the right one for your loved one's personality.

   Now that I have discovered this wonderful device, I know I won't be without it. As a gift for your naturalist or high energy teen, you can't go wrong  with this creative and exciting gift any time of the year. Or splurge on yourself, with that Internet shopping gift card you know you are going to get in your stocking. (wink)



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Monday, December 16, 2013

Keeping Your Rosemary Indoors


   I've written a number of times about growing herbs indoors and the fact that rosemary is especially difficult to keep alive in a climate when the furnace has to run in the winter. Rosemary likes humidity and even if you have a humidifier on your furnace it is not enough.
   I think I have finally hit on the winning combination to keeping rosemary alive and well through the winter. Cool temps, lots of misting, and my newest discovery -- no transplanting.
   I've always grow rosemary directly in the garden and had great success, but then of course I have to pot it to bring it inside.  Even though I keep it going through most of the winter months it begins to look tired and dry and sometimes I have lost the plant entirely.

   This year I inherited a potted rosemary from my daughter when she moved to a hot and dry climate. Her plant had been purchased as a potted plant and she immediately transplanted it to this larger clay pot ( which is nicely painted on the exterior.) It was grown outside on her deck through the summer and it had time to adjust to the temperature changes before I brought it in because she moved in October.
    I placed it in my lower level near the walkout slider, so plenty of light bu no direct sun. My basement is heated but we keep the temperature turned down low, so it stays around 58 degrees.   Every day when I take my dog out, I give it a spritz or two and once a week I water the soil lightly.
To my surprise, it is not only flourishing but it has new growth on the top. It is now about 12 inches tall.  I'll keep you updated when it is closer to spring, which at the moment seems a long time away. But I believe when I move it back outside it will stay in the same pot until I have no other choice.

So for indoor success:
Light water
No direct sun
Cool temps
Mist regularly
And
Do not transplant unless necessary.
Happy Herb Growing!

You might also like to visit my other blogs: An Herbal Bedfellow, www.anherbalbedfellow.com & Grabbin' A Bite, www.grabbinabite.com