to the Garden
Part of the fun of planting a Herb Garden is planning
the garden. Spending time browsing herb books,
searching the internet, dreaming of the finished
results. From the beginner to the expert you will
not have a problem finding an herb to grow.
Patience, something I never developed will be needed for
growing herbs, that is why I stay with the tried and
true!! My husband likes to complain about my
Artemisia (wormwood) telling me it is nothing but a
weed. I like to grow Artemisia because it works
well in dry arrangements and forms a background for our
roses in the garden.
garden plants, herbs are versatile and can be
grown in dozens of ways. They flourish in
pots, can be used as groundcovers, trimmed into
hedges or naturalized in a wild garden.
They are good for growing in well drained
conditions of raised beds, which make them
useful plants for wheelchair gardeners.
They are excellent plants to use in a garden for
the blind, having a variety of textures and
aromas; many of the aromas are released by
touching the leaves.
Several of the
most popular Herbs, such as Chives, Mint, Wormwood, Bee
Balm, Marigold, Parsley, and Sage are very easy to grow.
Bee Balm also attracts Hummingbirds, Marigold will repel
cabbage moth, Chives has a very pretty flower and will
dry well, and Mint will take over you garden if allowed.
Herbs give us delicious food flavorings,
powerful fragrances and remedies for various
ills, but most, even familiar herbs, such as
thyme or rosemary, can have unpleasant effects
if taken in excess. The volatile oils are
poisonous if taken in large amounts. In small
amounts they contribute to our health.
Herbs are not a cure-all for serious diseases
for which medical treatment must be sought.
Herb Simples, You will be amazed at the amount of information contained in these pages. Many of the plants listed provide many uses for each, simple recipes for medical purposes, and different varieties.
Many Herbs can be
grown from seed, again if you have the patience.
In our area very few of the herbs will winter over so I
usually purchase mine from a local greenhouse for spring
planting. Herbs for
beginners will give you additional suggestions.
will provide additional uses for herbs and which
foods will provide the desired results.
Articles that will provide gift ideas, advise and uses for many