Creating a Fragrant Walkway

It is really simple to make a nice, fragrant walkway, if you have a sunny location and flagstones, slate or other flat stones. The idea is to have a walkway that gives off a great aroma when you walk on it. The first step is to choose a location for the path. It needs to be in a place that gets plenty of sunshine and it has to be remembered that the path needs to be wide enough that a person can walk down the trail easily. That would most likely be at least three feet wide. Once the location is selected, the next step would be to dig up the path, removing rocks, pebbles, weeds, grass and debris. Think of it as a place where you are going to put in a garden, because in a way, that is exactly what you will be doing. The soil should be fertile, but it doesn’t need to be extremely rich. If you have clay soil, it would need to be amended before putting in the walkway, because the soil needs to drain well. After the soil has been prepared, top the soil with a mixture of sand and cheap potting soil. This layer only needs to be two to three inches thick, because its purpose is to give the plants a good start. Next, place the stones so they are about two inches apart, on top of the sand and potting soil mixture. This is your chance to be artistic. It Continue Reading →

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Hidden Medicine in Your Kitchen Cupboards – Oregano

Oregano (Origanum vulgare) is one of the most well-known and often-used culinary herbs in the world today. Italian sauces just don’t taste right without some oregano and naturally, since the herb originated in Greece and still grows there wild, it is heavily featured in Greek dishes as well. The fact is that it is so well liked that it is grown and used in almost every country in the world today. As widely as it is used, though, many people don’t realize that this herb has some really good medicinal properties, too. The name of this herb comes from the Grecian words ‘oros ganos’, meaning “mountain joy”. The plant grows in nutrient-poor and rocky soil and the herb is quite hardy, so it is easy to see why it was named oros ganos. It is a member of the mint family, so it isn’t surprising that some of the components in oregano that make it medicinally valuable are the same ones that make the other mints good additions to the medicine cabinet, too. Among them is thymol, which is similar to menthol and is also found in thyme. Because of the thymol and other chemicals the plant contains, oregano is highly aromatic. Oregano is quite high in fiber, vitamin E, calcium, iron, manganese and this is part of the healthy aspects it gives to foods that it is used to flavor. It is perhaps less well-known that this herb is also high in anti-oxidants. This makes it valuable in preventing Continue Reading →

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