Spaghetti sauce would be lost without oregano. Salsa just wouldn’t be the same without cilantro. Rosemary chicken would just be, well, chicken without rosemary.All these dishes are made possible by herbs that can be grown in home gardens.Herbs “are actually fairly easy to grow in Georgia,” said Paul Thomas, a University of Georgia horticulturalist. “We have the perfect temperature, the perfect sunlight and acceptable humidity. As long as you do the appropriate soil adjustments, herbs can be excellent garden plants to grow.”Many herbs originated in the Mediterranean’s sandy, well-draining soil, not the hard-packed red clay encasing much of Georgia. To make herbs happy here, most gardeners need to add a few soil amendments and plant in pots or spots in their gardens that drain well.Thomas manages well-drained soil in his potted herbs by adding lots of sand and compost to the soil. He also plants herbs that spread easily, like mint and oregano, in containers.Out in the garden, Thomas digs a long trench two feet deep and fills it with thoroughly mixed compost, sand and native soil. In it he plants herbs that need a large root system, like fennel, rosemary and dill.“The goal is to make sure when it rains or I irrigate, the water goes right through the soil and does not accumulate where the roots are,” Thomas said. “South Georgians will actually have to add more compost to the sand.”Thomas’ favorite herbs are mint, basil, chives and rosemary. He adds mint to sweet tea, basil to turkey stuffing, pizza and salads and chives to soups, hamburgers and potatoes au gratin.Although rosemary is one of his favorites, Thomas warns that rosemary shrubs can grow quite large. Even small plants can spread to three or four-feet wide.Perennial herbs include rosemary, chives, oregano, marjoram and mint. Cilantro and parsley are annual herbs. Dill can be biennial.To master herb growing, Thomas says follow these 10 rules:1. Herbs do not like to sit in wet soil. An easy way to keep them happy is to plant them in a raised bed. Because the soil is above ground, it will drain very easily.2. Water herbs thoroughly when they start flagging. They will tolerate drought but their flavors won’t be as strong. Never allow herbs to go more than two weeks without water.3. Always plant herbs in full sun. If either their leaves or the soil doesn’t dry out after a rain, they will become more susceptible to diseases.4. Never crowd an herb garden. Plant herbs a foot apart so air can move between the plants.5. Never apply full strength fertilizers. If the package says 1 pound per 100 square feet, use half. Fertilizer minimally – once at the beginning of the growing season, four weeks later and then again another four weeks later after four weeks (about July). Follow treatments with a thorough watering.6. Always harvest herbs in the morning. The cut surfaces of herbs need to be bone dry by mid afternoon or disease will take over.7. Use a hose, not pesticides. If you find bugs on your herbs at 7 a.m., use a water hose and apply a spray from the side. The sideways water stream will wash the bugs off, and most never get a chance to return.8. Leave the black and green and yellow striped caterpillars on fennel and dill. They are black swallowtail caterpillars. Keeping the larva on fennel will result in butterflies later in the summer.9. Don’t let weeds crowd herbs out. This includes grasses as herbs cannot compete with them.10. Never mulch herbs with leaves or other debris. Winter-mulched herbs do not survive well. Thomas’ herbs survive over winter because he rakes all the leaves out of his herb garden.“You’ll find the more you use herbs, the more you treasure them,” Thomas said.
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Luke Henderson and Andrew Henderson of John Henderson Professionals Mermaid Beach. Picture: Jerad WilliamsMore from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoMr Henderson said the range in sold prices varied significantly depending on the location and type of property within Mermaid Beach.“I think that one of the major appeals of Mermaid Beach is that property buyers at all stages can find a property suitable for them,’’ he said.“At the top of the market we sold a beachfront mansion on Hedges Avenue for $16.45 million while the least expensive property we sold was a unit at 2340 Gold Coast Highway, which changed hands for just $231,000.” View of the Gold Coast Highway from Hellenika at Nobbys Beach. Picture: Richard Gosling However, Mermaid Beach, which has the highest median property price of all Gold Coast suburbs at more than $1.6 million, is bucking the trend.John Henderson Professionals Mermaid Beach director Luke Henderson said while buyer demand was now showing the first signs of easing in years, sales had still not slowed over the past six months.“When we examine our internal sales data, our agency sold 85 properties in Mermaid Beach alone during the past year, of which 44 were sold in the past six months,’’ Mr Henderson said.“So, we can see that sales have not slowed at all during the past six months.“Meanwhile, the number of sales of properties that we have sold for above the $1 million mark has remained pretty constant between 35 per cent and 39 per cent over that time.” Property along Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach. A family enjoying the beach, Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast. Picture: Regi Varghese He said the entry level prices for older-style detached homes east of the Gold Coast Highway now sat at around the $1.2 million mark and buyers are snapping them up to build new homes.However, buyers could find homes for significantly less on the western side of the highway. Mr Henderson said Mermaid Beach has undergone a major period of gentrification over the past five years.“While the suburb has always been considered one of the Gold Coast’s most desirable addresses, there are a number of factors which have made it a stand out performer in recent years,’’ said Mr Henderson.“Firstly, the council saw the wisdom in protecting the three-storey height limits in the residential areas while allowing for higher developments along the Gold Coast Highway. People enjoy a swim on the beach, Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast. Picture: Regi Varghese Cashed-up buyers are continuing to dive into the Mermaid Beach property market.CASHED-UP buyers are continuing to dive into the Mermaid Beach property market despite the slowdown in top end markets in Australia’s southern states.Global investment bank Morgan Stanley this week released research which revealed the nation’s most expensive homes in Sydney and Melbourne were falling at an annual rate of about eight per cent. Cyclists along Hedges Avenue, Mermaid Beach, Gold Coast. Picture: Regi Varghese THE FAST AND THE LUXURIOUS: V8 STAR’S MANSION NEW ERA FOR COAST PROPERTY “I think the that one of the major appeals of Mermaid Beach is that property buyers at all stages can find a property suitable for them,” Luke Henderson says. “The height restrictions in the residential areas have helped maintain that strong community feel in the suburb and have encouraged property owners to upgrade their homes without the fear that a high-rise apartment will be built next door.“At the same time developments along the highway have revitalised what was becoming a tired strip of shops.“The suburb has benefited majorly from the growth of the cafe culture and the area now is home to some of the city’s best restaurants, cafes and bars.“Then you have the knowledge that the light rail is coming plus all the developments that are occurring along the Gold Coast Highway.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p360p360p216p216pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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… Overseas-based to join in MayTHE Guyana Football Federation (GFF) yesterday announced the encampment of 25 national female football players, who were called to a five-day camp in New Amsterdam, in preparation for the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Women’s Caribbean Cup scheduled for May 24-28.A release from the Federation stated that this is the first time since the new Executive has been at the helm of football administration in Guyana that the female national team will participate in the CFU Women’s Caribbean Cup and this speaks to the renewed focus of the new administration towards women’s football development in Guyana.The players, selected via the GFF’s Technical Development programme, include those from Linden, Berbice, Rupununi, West Demerara and Georgetown. All of the players were also part of the recently concluded inaugural Women’s Development League.This is the first of two camps for the team, commonly referred to as ‘Lady Jags’, and features two goalkeepers, eight defenders, seven midfielders and eight forwards from the following member associations – Georgetown – 10, West Demerara – 5, Berbice –1, Upper Demerara – 3 and Rupununi – 6.The second camp, scheduled for May 12-22, will include overseas-based players following which the squad will be announced.Encampment for the ‘Lady Jags’ is managed by head coach designate and Technical Development Officer, Akilah Castello assisted by recently-appointed GFF’s Women’s Development Officer, Trisha Munroe.The encamped squad: Ruth George, Nataile Nedd (GK), Anastacia Horsham, Keshauna McRae, Rebekah Nurse, Ronecia Lewis, Odessa Romeo, Collette Hope, Ameka Semple, Jillian Hawker (Defenders), Terryka Joseph, Lakeisha Pearson, Siacy Adams, Tiandi Smith, Shamika Marcus, Vanissa Sacapieo, Roshanna Grandison (Midfielders), Sasha James, Anulissa Johnson, Chante Leacock, Sherrilyn Kingston, Samantha Roberts, Helen Domingo, Sonia Griffith and Shennel Daniels (Forwards).