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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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The Estates at Cane Island adds Cason Graye Homes to custom builder lineup

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Cason Graye Homes has been named a preferred custom builder in The Estates at Cane Island, where it joins Jeff Paul Custom Homes and William David Custom Homes in the Katy community’s gated enclave of estate properties.

Named Houston’s Best Custom Builder in 2019 at the Greater Houston Builders Association PRISM Awards, Cason Graye Homes has completed more than 150 custom homes in Katy, West Memorial, Villages of Memorial, West University, Bellaire and other top-selling areas of town.


“Whenever we had a project in the Katy area, I always made it a point to drive through Cane Island,” recalls Bryan Phillips, president of Cason Graye Homes. “What always stood out to me was the quality of the amenities, the landscaping, the hardscape and all the things that make the difference in a community. That’s why we want to build there.”



Cason Graye Homes has initiated the design phase of its first custom home in The Estates at Cane Island, Phillips said. Construction is expected to commence at the beginning of 2021.

Founded in 2004, Cason Graye Homes offers a curated customer experience with talented architects, trade partners, construction personnel and an in-house interior designer. A

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Condo Life: Remodeling adds personal touch for condo living

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Remodeling your home can either be a smooth transition or a rocky one, but knowing the specifics of remodeling a condominium is incredibly important, as homeowners have different hurdles to face.

In the 2018 report by Livable.com, 10 Things You Absolutely Need to Know Before Renovating a Condo, the top item on the list is to consult your condo board well in advance. The reason for this is every condo building is different regarding rules and regulations about construction in the building. The condo HOA or board will then inform you of the basic guidelines for what can and can’t be done for renovations, it stated.


Addressed in the report as well are things to be aware of, such as newly constructed buildings may not yet have rules in place for renovations, and you have to be ready to find a contractor who is actually willing to work in a condo, as this is a different setting.



In addition, you may need to offer up your parking space or be willing to pay. Lastly, it stated to expect the worst and hope for the best.

Amy Bernstein with Bernstein Realty purchased a condominium in a building she loved with breathtaking views in April 2020, but though the basic floor plan worked, she still wanted to put her personal touches on it.


The property will not be complete and ready for move-in until next spring.

“After hiring an architect and designer, there were so many opportunities to enhance the floor plan and design, that I decided to start from new and tore almost everything out to the walls,” Bernstein said.


The next was getting approval for the remodel.

“Because of the extent of the project, and the raising

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