How To Add Herbs To Your Garden

Herb Growing Guide

And Inspirational Projects

Add herbs to your garden during the coming season, if you haven’t already. From containers on the balcony to a home industry of harvesting herbs, the projects can run the gamut.

Here are a few for you to try and a guide to growing herbs.

Growing herbs is one of those  fun projects. I say “fun” because they are so responsive to a small amount of care, and yield delights for table, vase, and garden.

How To Grow

Simple Advice
herb and mortar
  • Always choose a sunny spot for herbs
  • Average soil of good tilth is desirable.
  • Drought-tolerant, water when needed.

Growing From Seeds And Cuttings

Easy Plants To Grow From Cuttings


Making More Plants

  • One of the easiest, sometimes the best way, to grow your herb plants is by taking cuttings from them, rooting them in either water or soil, and planting them in the place desired.
  • It is also possible to divide plants such as thyme. It depends on the root system. Long taproots in parsley or very woody stems like on a sage plant might not divide or transplant well. Cuttings will have all the qualities of the parent plant and will likely grow easily. Plus, it doesn’t disturb the parent plant.
  • Some herbs don’t grow so well from seed, and others will abundantly self-seed.

Choose A Project

herb garden wheel design

 

Choose Your Plants

pink flowering thyme

  • Culinary
  • Crafty Dye Garden
  • Dried Flower Crafts
  • Potpourri
  • Medicinal

Lists of plants useful for each purpose, including dye plants, bee plants, physic and general herb plants.

Requirements

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Many Edible Flowers Are From Herb Plants

Edible flowers

 

Herbs are used in so many different ways that it is hard to imagine a working garden without them.

As companion plants they are widely used to protect other plants by repelling pests, or lending their properties to encouraging good growth in neighboring crops.

They are an important part of cooking, so one almost always includes them among the vegetables.

They can provide beauty and fragrance to cut flower arrangements, and they are sometimes simply grown for their foliage or flowers.

Herbal Crafting

Whole cottage industries have grown up around herbal harvests. Making your own cosmetics, bath products, potpourri, and many other ways in which the aromatic scents and healing properties of these plants comes to the fore. I spent many a happy hour crafting wreaths, making dried arrangements, and creating my own potpourri. Always for gifts, although I did manage to keep a few thyme and marjoram wreaths for my kitchen.

Gardens with Herbs

Formal and Historical Gardens Kitchen Gardens, French Potagers Bee Gardens, Gardens Which  Encourage Bees

Inspiration:
Grow some herbs on your windowsill for year ’round access to your favorites.

Small urn of flowers

Variegated sage and a polka dot plant are as colorful as flowers

Include them in your container recipes. I always have plants of thyme and variegated sage in my flower containers, they bring beautiful foliage colors to the design.

Useful Tools For Herbs

Inside the kitchen is the place for handy scissors that are especially made for snipping parsley, chervil, and other culinary leaves into your cooking.

Outside, the Fiskars snips are extremely useful for harvesting.

Herbal Posts

Making a Front Yard Herb Garden

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An Herb With Savory Flavor

A word that makes your mouth water: Savory. It names this herb plant used to flavor stuffings and roasts. Satureja has a fairly strong and peppery taste, it is mainly added to slow cooked stew and best known for pairing with beans. Easy to grow, an annual type is...

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Best Videos About Lavender

British TV provides some of the best views and information on this most fragrant and favorite herb, so let's start a feature length overview. The show features Lavender, not just in the garden, but in cooking and its other uses. Filled with gorgeous color and engaging...

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Growing Herbs From Seeds and Cuttings

Quickest for many plants is by planting seeds, easiest way is through the division. Cuttings fall somewhere in between, taking time to grow the roots, and preserving all the qualities of the parent plant

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Grilled Salmon With Herbes De Provence

Perhaps lavender is not so well known to American cooks on its own, but the combination of spices that French cooking has made famous includes it in many of its variations. The Provence region of France is famous for its lavender fields and so it is no wonder that it...

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A Simple Medicinal Garden

Grow Your Own Medicine You can make your own little "physic garden" with plants that can be used as simple remedies for common maladies like headache, colds, or general well being. Would you like to know how? The time to plan a medicinal herbal garden is in winter,...

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A Garden of Simples, Growing Medicinal Herbs

Herbs are useful food, medicine, and flavorings, and have time proven properties. Warnings are necessary because proper knowledge is needed when taking even the most natural source of medicine. More and more findings about spices and herbs show that these are indeed healing plants

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A Physic Garden

If you would like the project of making a medicinal garden, this table shows you the herbs that are most commonly included. For a design, anything from simple blocks to a complicated Tudor knot garden is possible.

 

Boneset, Eupatorium perfoliatumfor fever and colds
Thyme,
Thymus vulgaris
bacterial and fungal infections, and minor irritations
Motherwort, Leonurus cardiacacalming, for heart, rheumatism and lung problems
Scarlet Bee Balm, Monarda didymaexpel gas, to relieve nausea, in menstrual cramps
Mugwort. Artemesia vulgarisfor worming and as insect repellent
Catmint, Nepeta cateriamild sedative, settles the stomach, soothes flatulence, and colic
Meadowsweet, Eupatorium purpureumfor fever and to eliminate stones.
Hyssop, Hyssopus officinalisexpectorant, and cough suppressant
Southernwood, Artemisia abrotanumdeworming,moth-balls,and as topical wash
Yarrow,
Achillea millefolium
styptic which help heal wounds; also used for cols and fever

Whenever using herbs as medicine be sure to use a reliable reference. Some herbs are powerful drugs, and their dosages would not be scientifically measured. Beware of how you use them. Others are mild enough to use freely. I wouldn’t think twice before eating elderberries or making elderberry flower water.

 

Do get good advice before using your herbs in a medicinal way, however.

 

Thyme

English Thyme Seeds

Rosemary

Rosemary Seeds

Basil ‘Genovese’

genovese