It’s hot outside. Gardeners can escape summer’s heat by retreating to the air-conditioning or a shady porch, but garden plants... Read more »
August in the garden can be challenging for both gardeners and plants. Read more »
Extreme heat merits triage treatments Read more »
The first time you try our PowerGear® Pruner, you’ll be amazed — but it’s not magic, it’s gears. Our patented gear technology m... Read more »
Specifically designed to reduce the effort required to cut tough tree and shrub branches, this durable pruner includes an easy-... Read more »
This pro-style pruner features adjustable blade tension to fit your hand strength and the toughness of the material you’re cutt... Read more »
Reusable snack packs are an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic baggies, and not only are they much cuter, they’ll... Read more »
Using Duck Tape® to cover a simple notebook can take your journals from mediocre to marvelous in no time! Read more »
These sturdy little Duck Tape® magnetic pockets are easy to make and will help keep a locker organized and small school suppli... Read more »
As the parent of a picky eater, my morning routine before school always entails packing a lunch. Read more »
With a new school year on the horizon, it is time to refocus on our fall wardrobe. Read more »
This simple school skirt is very easy to make and beginner seamstresses will enjoy making more than one! Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of sewing and quilting tasks, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Serrated Fabric Shears sense blade separation an... Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of sewing and quilting tasks, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears sense blade separation and force t... Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of crafting and mixed media tasks, our Amplify® Mixed Media Shears sense blade separation and force th... Read more »
Taking a photo of your children on their first day back at school after a long summer is a tradition in many families. Read more »
It's time to get into back-to-school mode! That means it's time to begin browsing the store shelves for the necessities to hel... Read more »
“Painting” with tissue paper is not only fun but beautiful! Read more »
Our Preschool Training Scissors features a special training lever that opens the blades after each cut, helping children learn... Read more »
Children love our Designer Non-stick Blunt-tip Kids Scissors for the colorful handle patterns that make cutting fun and the non... Read more »
Our Designer Non-stick Student Scissors are larger than our Kids Scissors but smaller than adult scissors, perfect for those ol... Read more »
A new school year calls for a new set of accessories. Read more »
There is something fun and freeing about creating mixed media art, especially when you only need a few tools and a little time... Read more »
With school coming up, it is time to start planning and organizing. Read more »
Infused with avant-garde Scandinavian style, our Quantum™ Pruner integrates only the highest-grade materials with Scandinavian... Read more »
Designed for long, easy cuts down strips of Duck® Tape, our Duck® Edition Scissors feature a non-stick blade coating that preve... Read more »
Use our AdvantEdge™ Punch System with any Fiskars border punch cartridge (sold separately) to add perfectly aligned decorative... Read more »
For the price of a few seeds, you can have ten or twenty times the herbal goodness of those wilted leaves in the little, plastic box from the grocery store.
Take basil for example. This year, I grew four types, and if I’d had the space, I could have grown so many more. My personal favorites are:
If I didn’t continue to grow at least some herbs in winter, I’d miss them more than I can say. So, before the final freeze, I’ll take paper envelopes out to the vegetable garden and shake seeds from each of my favorite plants into them and label. Don’t use plastic bags to store your seeds even if you’re tempted. Paper is best because of it breathes. Sure, pollinators may have helped my basil cross pollinate creating plants a bit different from last year’s crop, but that’s part of the fun.
Dill and fennel also sport plenty of seeds for the saving.
Other herbs I consistently grow are thyme, parsley, rosemary and sage. All of them overwinter here pretty consistently. When I roast a chicken or make a sauce, I can run outdoors to the potager/vegetable garden and harvest a bit of what’s growing for the pot. Once spring arrives, I clip back the thyme, sage and rosemary and wait for the parsley to do its bolting act the first, truly warm spring day. In the meantime, I’ve already sown seeds--which take awhile to come up--and I’ve procured a few herb plants for the caterpillars and me.
In winter, you can grow herbs in a cold frame or a hoop house, or you can sow seeds indoors. It takes awhile for them to sprout, so I would start now. Inside, they might not achieve the same level of growth, but you can still harvest basil, dill, and parsley, among others, from your windowsill. If you don’t have extra seeds, most nurseries have kits with basic varieties.
Last week, I bought a kit for my mom and sister so they could enjoy a bit of green in the winter, and because they aren’t gardeners I’ll plant it for them. When you sow seeds for others, you are giving them the best the earth offers, and they can’t help but be pleased. The actual cost and a size of a seed is so small . . . yet, within, there is a world of goodness simply for the sowing. Why don’t you sow some seeds yourself today?