Herbs are these versatile plants. Their applications include cosmetic, medicinal, as essential oils for aromatherapy, as good companion plants, craft-work and of course to include mouth-watering flavours and scents in our cooking.
A Lot of Reasons
I truly wonder how some people get by without blossoms in their own garden. How wonderful is it wander out and select many different fresh herbs to your main meal? If you haven’t grown herbs before, simply start with a few really easy to grow herbs which you find particularly helpful. I have an organic garden, so everything is free of chemicals.
Most people would use parsley, rosemary and peppermint. These are extremely simple herbs to grow. Origan and thyme may spread a bit in your backyard and if you allow your parsley go to seed you’ll locate fresh plants (volunteers) pop up over your garden independently. I like this natural process of self seeding.
My garden is a bit on the wild side. But if you want a very neat and tidy garden, do not let your blossoms go to seed, or pull out any volunteers growing in an undesirable place. You can either get rid of the old plant to make way for new plants or cut off the seed heads. I let my parsley go to seed. Some seeds make it to the floor, making volunteers, so I have enough to cut for culinary applications. The remaining seeds I dry and use in cooking.
Bourrache will grow nearly anywhere through the warmer months. It’s a terrific companion plant to strawberries, tomatoes and squash. Plus it looks pretty in the garden with its purple / blue, star-shaped blossoms. Additionally, it will readily self-seed. The chooks love it, so when I have too many seedlings pop up they go to the chooks.
Rosemary and lavender have numerous applications. Both may be used in craft. Both attract bees. Both can be grown as wonderful looking and smelling hedges.
Grow at least a few clumps of chives or garlic chives. They look amazing when grown in clumps – even as a boundary on your flower garden. Ciboulette look stunning when they are in flower. Chives have pink, round blossoms, while garlic chives have white star-shaped blossoms. Grow garlic chives for times when you don’t have any garlic, or you want a milder flavour.
A great tip is to be sure to keep all of mints contained in some sort of pot. If it escapes into your backyard it might take over! I love having mint accessible, so I grow it in an old laundry trough.
Citron balm is another herb which could escape control. Cutting off the seed heads will keep it in check.
A bay leaf is a excellent addition to your backyard. You can grow it in a pot if distance is a problem – they seem lovely clipped into a wonderful shape. Or you could grow it in the ground where it might become a small to medium tree.
Once you’ve developed a few herbs and learn of their many applications. I’m sure you will be hooked. The herbs in this article are very easy to grow and propagate, so start with these and try others as your knowledge grows. With a little research you will see a lot of uses for herbs, including many wonderful health advantages.
They’re also excellent companion plants. Some have properties which confuse and deter pests, some attract predatory insects, while others provide more vigour or flavour to crops grown close them. Many herbs are also excellent activators to your compost heap. Most herbs are easy to grow, take very little time, effort or space and the rewards are yummy. Good luck growing yours.