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|Posted: Wed Jul 19, 2006 5:04 am Post subject: Growing Herbs In Your Garden
|*_Growing Herbs In Your Garden_*
Why would you want to grow herbs in your garden? Fresh herbs are
awesome. I love just putting basil leaves on a tuna sandwich and in
salads. For the culinary lovers herbs are something they need fresh.
Herbs serve as a major source for seasoning in preparation of foods.
Herbs have a wider range of use. Some are used for scents and cosmetics
while others for medicinal purposes. <a
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of the ancient remedies. Some herbs are believed to have possessed
magical charms and many a story has been written about magical potions.
Herbs and spices have been major sources of trade between kingdoms and
Herbs of yore are being rediscovered by modern science for fragrances
and curing illness. Our ancestors knew the uses for almost every wild
non-poisonous plant. Some of these plants were needed in the garden
as they never had refrigerator or the modern preservatives. These herbs
served in many purposes like dyeing homespun fabrics, storing with
to prevent insects and adding fragrance, preserving or enhancing the
tastes of food.
Herb Gardens were almost an essential feature of pioneer homes. Sunny
corners of the house that were readily accessible to home makers were
planted with seasoning herbs. Wild crafted Herbs that grew wild in the
country side were also grown in the garden. Gardeners are not
rediscovering the value of these herbs and are taking pleasure in
producing their own herbs. Herbs can be classified according to their
use: culinary, aromatic, ornamental and medical.
*Culinary herbs *
These are the most useful to herb gardeners. Garnishes and flavoring is
where they are used more. A common list is Parsley, Sage, Chives,
Savory, Marjoram, Mint and Basil.
This sweet smelling foliage has been used for producing perfumes.
Flowers are mostly used but even plant parts are used. Dried herbs
retain their aroma for longer periods. Some aromatic herbs are Mint,
Marjoram, Lovage, Lavender, Rosemary and Basil.
These herbs have bright flower and foliage. Variegated Thyme, Chives,
Lavender as well as Valerian with crimson blossoms and borage and
chicory with blue flowers are some ornamental herbs.
Some plants are thought to have healing powers. Modern science has
researched and recognized some herbs as true healers while others have
been said to be over rated in healing powers. Some of these herbs must
be consumed carefully or it could result in dangerous consequences.
Annuals, Biennials, and perennials are so called because of the nature
of blooming and life span of the herb.
· Annuals bloom one season and then die. These herbs include
Anise, Basil, Chervil, Coriander, Dill, Summer Savory, etc.
· Biennials live for two seasons. They bloom only in the second
season. These include Caraway, Parsley, etc.
· Perennials bloom each season. These include Chives, Fennel,
Lovage, Marjoram, Mint, Tarragon, Thyme, Winter Savory, etc.
*Gardeners Tips for you *
· If you intend to begin an herb garden then your guide to herbs
for you to are Winter Savory, Rosemary, Sage, Sweet Basil, Dill, Mint,
Marjory, Parsley, Chives and Summer Savory. You could choose any other
herb to grow in your garden but know whether they are annuals,
· Herbs do not grow in wet soil. Good drainage is a must. Improve
drainage by placing a 5 inch layer of crushed stones 15 to 18 inches
below the top soil.
· Mix the soil with compost and sand to lighten the texture and
increase fertility. Do not use fertilizers as highly fertile soils
produce excess foliage with poor flavor.
· Almost all herbs can be grown from seeds. If possible sow seeds
in shallow boxes in late winter and transplant these seedlings outdoors
in spring. Anise, coriander, dill and fennel can be sown directly.
Biennials should be sown in late spring directly into the ground. You
could obtain an indoor herb garden kit and start of growing herbs
indoors as well.
· Cutting and division is a useful method in propagating certain
· Harvesting in the form of picking the leaves is to be done when
the plant has enough foliage to maintain growth. Harvest leaves before
the flower buds open. This is when the flavor is at the peak . Pick
seed heads when the color changes from green to brown or gray.
· Very few diseases or insects attack herbs. Rust infects mints
and aphids may attack Caraway, Fennel, Dill and Anise.
· You could refrigerate or even dry herbs for later use.