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Herbs: Nature’s Ultimate Multi-Taskers

Extremely versatile and easy to grow, no garden (no matter how small!) is complete without a few herbs.  Herbs add beauty, colour, texture, and fragrance to a garden and have many uses from medicinal benefits, to adding intense and unique flavours to foods.  Even if your garden consists of a few pots on patio, herbs are a great choice for small spaces!

To save space when planning your herb garden, why not go vertical?  We like this upright plant stand / room divider from Ikea.  You can also get creative and repurpose any ol’ item like this Shoe Organizer Garden we found on Pinterest.

Once you have your herb garden planted, now you can enjoy the endless possibilities of ways to use them!  Here are a few of our favorite herbal recipes below:

Summer is the season of backyard BBQ’s, picnics and other social gatherings.  These recipes will ensure your potluck contribution will be the talk of the season (extra points for growing the herbs yourself!!)

Kale Pesto

Traditional pesto calls for Basil, Pine Nuts, and Parmesan but you can experiment with substituting different herbs, nuts and cheeses to add your own unique twist.  For example, you could try swapping fresh Oregano with Walnuts and Grana Padano… really, the combinations are endless!

  • 1 ½ cups of fresh basil leaves (stems removed)
  • 3 cloves of fresh garlic
  • ½ cup of freshly grated parmesan
  • ¼ cup toasted pine nuts
  • ¼ your best olive oil
  • juice of ½ a fresh lemon
  • 3 cups (packed) of kale leaves (stems removed)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Pulse ingredients until combined in a food processor or blender.  You can go for a grainy or smooth texture depending on your taste.  If you are finely chopping with a knife, make sure it is precision sharp to avoid blackening the basil.  Now serve as a mouth-watering dip with fabulous bread, or use as a marinade, condiment, or salad dressing and sit back and wait for the compliments to pour in!

Chimichurri Grill Sauce

Another vibrant and extremely versatile sauce; Chimichurri is an Argentinean delight usually accompanying grilled steak.  But don’t just stop with steak, use it is as a substitute for your usual oil and vinegar dressing, for dipping bread, on chicken, seafood and potatoes.  Your mouth and those of your guests will thank you!  In fact, why not make an extra big batch and bottle some to give out as your party favours?!

  • 2 cups packed fresh parsley
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh oregano leaves (or 4 teaspoons dried oregano)
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chilli flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil

Wizz everything in a food processor or blender until smooth, slowly adding the olive oil in very last. 

Minted Iced Tea

Nothing knocks the heat back like an iced cold glass of the Deep South.  Whether you choose to serve your version sweetened or straight up, the refreshing flavour of mint will delight your senses and further help to cool and soothe.

  • 7-8 bags of green or black tea, your preference
  • 2 litres of water
  • ½ cup of sugar OR 1 cup of honey (optional)
  • handful of mint, stems removed.

Heat the water to just before boiling, add tea bags (and optional sweetener) and brew for 5 minutes.  Remove bags and chill.  Once tea has cooled, add mint leaves.  Give them a little ‘slap’ first in the palm of your hand to release the oils and flavour.  For extra colour and flavour you may also add a few lemon slices.

Medicinal Remedies

There are countless medicinal uses and benefits of herbs, but we will share our Top 3 favorite herbal remedies:

Soothing Lavender:  to alleviate stress, place lavender flowers (fresh or dried) in a bath or add some to your favorite tea.  Inhale the aromas and let the day unwind behind you. 

Herbal Honey: seasonal cold got you down?  You may try this all-natural elixir: Loosely chop a handful of Lemon Balm and Thyme, place in a glass jar, cover in honey and seal.  Allow the herbs to infuse the honey for about 2 weeks.  Store in the refrigerator once infused.  You can eat it straight like a cough syrup, or mix a heaping spoonful into some hot water.

Sage Smudge: the practice of burning Sage is an ancient ritual for purification.   It is said to clear and remove negative energies from people and their environments.  You can make your own Sage smudge by bundling the leaves tightly together and tying with some string.  Hang and allow the leaves to dry completely.  When you are ready to use simply ignite, blow out the flame, and allow the smoke to linger around the person or object you wish to purify. 

Caring for your Hanging Baskets

Hanging Basket Maintenance

Congratulations on your recent purchase of our very unique and special Badger Baskets!  We’ve done all the hard work for you; selecting the very best and hardiest plants, creating thoughtful and unique combinations to delight your senses, and with great care and attention we have pinched back each plant back to ensure they have the maximum number of shoots resulting in bushier, healthier, better looking baskets.   Now all you need are a few tips to keep your Badger Baskets tip top!

Watering: is best done in the morning or evening to allow the water to soak in, rather than evaporating too quickly under the hot mid-day sun.  Smaller pots will need more frequent watering than large ones.  You can test the moisture of your baskets (or any potted plants) by poking your finger 1 inch into the soil; if its dry, its time to water!  Water until it runs through the drainage holes or out the bottom of your hanging basket.  Never allow your hanging basket to sit in standing water, however if it accidentally dries out completely and your plants have wilted, you will want to soak the hanging basket briefly (10 minutes or so) in standing water to allow the soil to rehydrate fully.  Once hydrated, remove to allow proper drainage once more.

Fertiziling: we recommend adding a slow release or controlled fertilizer to your baskets when you purchase them.  By mid-summer you may supplement feeding with a water-soluble fertilizer once every 1 or 2 weeks as the plants will be very large at this point.

Placement: it is important when you take your hanging baskets home they are placed in a location that meets their sunlight requirements.  Full sun plants placed on the north side of the home or under a covered patio will grow long and spindly and shade plants placed in a southerly location may burn and die.  Hanging baskets should also be rotated to keep the plants symmetrical as they grow.

Grooming: most plants benefit from dead-heading, or pinching off faded blooms.  By preventing the flowers to go to seed, it encourages new blooms to develop.  Depending on the look you prefer, you may want to give your hanging basket a trim.  Cutting off 1 or 2 inches will encourage branching to keep your Badger Basket full and bushy.