We visited the Midwestern Herb and Garden Show this past weekend and had the privilege of hearing Mel Bartholomew speak about his “All New Square Foot Gardening” method and book. He is very knowledgeable and his mission is to end world hunger by teaching his square foot (meter) gardening techniques around the world. I was surprised to learn that he also offers a course whereby you can become a certified teacher at one of the 3 day SFG Symposiums that are offered. The next one being offered is in North Carolina and then one in Hawaii – you can read more about these on his website. There is also an online course offered from the SFG University. A young man named Josh was there to assist in the presentation and he is the youngest person to complete the course (he graduated 8th grade last year). I was very happy and impressed to see a member of the younger generation with such interest in gardening. There is also a cookbook published and Mel did mention that he will be writing his next book on Herbs! He will be asking for the assistance of the Midwestern Herb group who hosted this event and mention them in the book (I thought that was pretty cool)!
Speaking of herbs … I just recently started planting some herb seeds. Since it is still too early to plant most of the vegetable seeds, I reason that I can get a good headstart with the herbs and even start using them for cooking.
This Rosemary and Stevia I did purchase at the show even though I have planted seeds of my own. This is the first time with stevia and the seeds are very tiny and there were only a few in the packette so I thought I would purchase a plant already started. Same for the rosemary – it can be fickle at times to start from seed. Other herb seeds started are lemongrass, oregano, marjoram, lavender, winter savory, thyme, sage, anise, cumin and lemon balm.
Each year the International Herb Association chooses the Herb of the Year and this year’s choice is Dill. You can find information on their website and I also discovered this nice post along with some recipes by Jim Long on his blog. He is author of 25 books on herbs, gardening and cooking.
Advice from “Great Garden Companions” by Sally Jean Cunningham states that “dill is a great companion for cabbage family crops, such as brussels sprouts. The brussels sprouts support the floppy dill, while the dill pulls in the predatory wasps.”
“Planting squash with plant friends, like dill and nasturtiums, gives the squash a competitive edge against pests. The nasturtiums help repel squash bugs and the dill attracts aphid predators.”
Also … I received word yesterday that my blog was added to About.com which is very exciting! I submitted my information and if you have a gardening blog of your own you would like added there you can go to the above link and submit your information.