Fresh Herb Gardening has been practiced by humans and used for culinary, ornamental and medicinal purpose among others for many centuries. Possibly the ”perfect plant”, herbs hold a vast array of capacities. Though the subject is well documented, we occasionally find little secrets that are worth sharing with other gardening enthusiasts.
Here are some helpful tips to get the most out of fresh herb gardening
- Garlic: A big favorite in the culinary world, garlic also hold a very high note in medicinal circles. Growing garlic as a companion plant among roses is an opportunity to witness how nature works wonderfully well. Insects and pests attracted to the roses delicate scent and tempting flowers are quickly turned away by pungent aroma of the nearby garlic plants.
- Basil: We all agree that basil has a strong flavorful scent and adds so much to the food we enjoy. This ”Herbal Hero” also plays a guardian role in the garden to surrounding vegetables for it is a strong natural repellent to mosquitos and white flies.
- Parsley: This herb is well known for the role it plays in many delicious recipes. There is another virtue associated with parsley that is the ability to remove bad breath when chewed after a hefty meal. This Italian tradition of serving a small plate of chopped parsley to guests after a meal has a long history and is still practiced to this day.
- Mint: Mint is an extremely easy herb to grow… easier than trying to prevent it from overrunning your garden. To keep control of this herb, plant mint inside of a pot with the bottom removed. Doing so will force the roots to grow downwards and keep the plants from spreading across your garden.
- Oregano: This extremely popular culinary herb but did you know that it is also a wonderful ornamental addition in your garden? The oregano plant has miniature purple flowers that are quite lovely and are very decorative.
- Rosemary: This herb is well-known for the particular grayish-green color of its needle-like leaves. Rosemary also blooms lovely blue flowers that attracts bees that contribute at seeding the surrounding herbs and other vegetation which is very useful to your herb gardening.
- Thyme is pronounced ”Time”. It is believed that the name comes from the word ”Thumos” or ”Courage” in Greek. This herb has been a symbol representing courage for a very long time and references can be found in Greek, Roman, Medieval knights and the Scottish Highlanders history.
- Dill: Many gardeners enjoy the pleasure of starting their herbs from seed s and there is a popular belief that growing herbs from seeds is better when grown in pots and transplanted later. Though it is applicable for a many herbs, dill is certainly an exception and doesn’t like to be transplanted. Simply sow the seeds directly to your garden for them to grow.
Another important point that is not to be taken lightly is the economy that a fresh herb gardens provides. Growing your own herbs not only provide a higher degree of flavor and taste to all your meals as to the mass produced quality often found in stores bought product. There are so many different uses you can make of your harvested crop that if you were to add their collective worth you will be surprised at how much money you can save.