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Growing the right herbs adds flavor and spice to the garden and the kitchen

Carol Cloud Bailey, Special to TCPalm
Published 10:30 a.m. ET Oct. 7, 2020

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John Coykendall of Blackberry Farm gives us his top picks—and shares the most common herb-gardening mistake.

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Herb gardening is a popular pursuit. Many gardeners and cooks have at least a few pots of herbs sitting around. What if this year, you plant a portion of the veggie garden, a new landscape bed, or several large containers with herbs?

Herbs add flavor and spice, pun intended, to our kitchens and gardens. They have many uses from the well known seasoning to infused vinegar for salads and household cleaning to tinctures and homemade incense. Some even attract butterflies. Planting and growing herbs is satisfying and productive.

The procedure for growing herbs is akin to growing vegetables. Wherever there are six to eight hours of sun and a source of water, herb gardens can be installed. For container gardens, just about any container can be used to grow herbs if it has drainage, let your imagination go. The soil should be fresh and clean and well drained. A 40-pound bag of potting soil is a quick way to set up a garden Just cut a few holes in the bottom and the bag will grow an herb garden. One full of fennel, parsley, and garlic chives is as useful to butterflies as it is to your kitchen.

For in-ground gardens, full sun and good drainage are best. The garden can be set up in traditional garden rows or employ a more intricate planting scheme such a complex herb knot garden. Check out the Herb Society of America and the University of Florida’s gardening page on herbs for more information.

Here are a few tips, tricks, and ideas about individual herbs and growing herbs to get

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Spice Kitchen’s chef Abudu hosts fundraiser Yemeni children

Abudu from Kafe Mamai was joined by Spice Kitchen from the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Salt Lake City to raise money for Yemen.

Abudu works to prepare food that reflects his African-Caribbean cuisine, including cinnamon-dusted plantains and bhajia.

Photo: Ali Myers/IRC

Meals center on our culture, our ideas of home and family, they open up the community to a broader table. Sitting down to eat together can be powerful. Of all the questions that come up when opening a food business, though, Abudu of Kafé Mamai acknowledges that ’why’ is the most complex. For Abudu this may be especially true. While he loves to share his “culture and experience,” he is also passionate about using his small business to support others in his local community and around the globe. In August, Abudu worked to organize a fundraiser in support of Yemeni children. 

Abudu, like several others who are aware of the Yemeni crisis, has felt called to action. Yemen lies at the center of concurrent crises. While war threatens the lives of citizens, cholera and the coronavirus remain critical concerns as well. Two-thirds of the population are at risk of starvation. The risk of famine and hunger in particular spurred Abudu to begin raising money for Yemeni children to support efforts to increase access to food. 

“I come from a culture where it doesn’t matter where you’re from,” Abudu shares. “You always show hospitality. Even if you’re not eating, if someone comes here as a guest, you feed them.” In this case, Abudu is feeding people locally in order to feed families halfway across the globe. 

Abudu originally lived in Lamu, an island off the coast of Kenya, significant in Swahili culture and history and noted for its distinct architecture. He has lived in the states since 2001 and moved to Utah in 2016, where he quickly joined the Spice Kitchen Incubator program. He officially launched his food truck in 2019.

Abudu from Kafe Mamai was joined by Spice Kitchen from the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Salt Lake City to raise money for Yemen.
Abudu organized
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Bathroom Shower Ideas – How to Spice Up Your Bathroom Shower

All parts or rooms of the house have their own, unique function. But some of them don't receive the same amount of importance as the others. One of these underappreciated rooms is a bathroom shower. As long as this room is clean and neat, most homeowners don't make an effort to give it extra styling or decoration. This explains why most bathrooms are plain and boring. So to break this monotony, you might want to give your bathroom (and thus, your bathroom shower) a makeover. From Mediterranean to contemporary style, there are a wide variety of designs to choose from.

Here are some bright bathroom shower ideas to spice up your shower room.

1. Go green.

Everybody's going green these days. You can jump on the bandwagon by adding some indoor plants, introducing products made from all-natural materials (such as eco-friendly paper towels, soaps, and cleaning materials), and changing your toilet into something that conserves water. Doing this will not only bring in a refreshing ambience to the room, but you will also contribute to the efforts of preserving the environment.

2. Introduce a new color.

Sometimes, simplicity trumps all lavish and elaborate designs. This works especially if the room is not too large. So you might want to focus on the color of the tiles instead. If you're not sure which color to pick, it pays to ask the opinion of an expert to make sure that all the colors inside the room are properly coordinated.

3. Pick a theme.

An interesting and fun way to spice up your shower room is to introduce a theme. If you're renovating your son's bathroom shower, you can perhaps add some elements related to his favorite sport. And if your child is a girl, you can try Barbie dolls, Disney princesses, and …

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12 Flirty, Enjoyable, Attractive, Pretty Shower Curtains To Spice Up Your Toilet

Most individuals underestimate how usually types of ceramic tiles are modified. They need not be white or beige, however darkish colors in a small rest room will make the walls “close in” on you. Previous to bamboo set up in a bathroom, the sub floor needs to be ensured clear, dry and leveled. However, if house permits, perhaps a large however low lavatory storage unit might be the most suitable choice.

7. Hardwood – you can construct your bathroom ground using solid wooden, parquet flooring or engineered woods (several layers of wooden laminated and high-tech materials which can be similar to plywood). Those that reside near the water or enjoy spending time on the water typically select to decorate their bathrooms using a nautical theme.

Author’s observe: as for my very own bathroom, or ought to I say, “our” personal lavatory at our home, nicely I can let you know that both Pam, my wife and I, take turns to maintain our lavatory clear. Calculate the required illumination to your toilet and ensure to offer correct lighting on the mirrors and showers.

3. Stone Bathroom Tile Designs (marble, granite, brick, slate, onyx, travertine and limestone) – this tile might be lovely, very strong, durable in high-site visitors areas, it would last a very long time, is low upkeep and simple to wash.

I’ve lived in the states my whole life, and whereas I love my closets, screens and toilet cabinets I hate garbage disposals and carpet. And as for a critique on this lavatory, I want that I had the details on if the bathroom was dirty or clean, but (even in that day, 1975), there was no light available in this toilet as a result of the sunshine-bulb was shot.…

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