Growing Herbs and
Herbs have been used for centuries, and will continue to be
used - all over the world, for the very simple reason, that they
have known medical properties, and that generally, they have
bought the human race this far in time. They have a variety of
uses - culinary, medical and
aromatherapy to name a
few. There is a bit of mystique about Herbs. We will simply
provide the facts.
Herb gardening is again gaining in popularity as it is realized that
there is a low maintenance aspect to growing them, and also that many
herbs can simply be grown as flowers! Yes! And herbs can be grown almost
anywhere; garden; window box;
container; windowsill; old boot; sun, shade, dry bank, boggy area.
They actually look nice - either as a self contained herb garden, or
used in conjunction with shrubs and
perennials. Many of the perennials
we know are basically herbs anyway!
Anyone can grow herbs. Kids especially, can be introduced into
gardening by the simple act of sowing a dish of mustard or cress - and
then being allowed to fill their sandwich with the resultant sprouts!
is possible to have herbs in growth for most of the year - flowering
throughout the traditional gardening months of March through until
Types of Herbs
There are herbs for almost any situation in the garden, but a specific
herb garden should not be overlooked. We will help you how to plan it
and then go about it. Herbs are not the dowdy things of years ago. Many
ornamental herbs exist - with good foliage effect. Some are evergreen,
some deciduous, some herbaceous and some hardy perennial.
There are a number of Herbs that can be grown
for winter interest and use - as well as
the aspect of
drying herbs for winter use.
There are of course also annual, biennial and tender herbs. Add to that
herbs can be grown indoors in the kitchen, and bought ready-grown from
Advantages of growing Herbs
big advantage of herb gardening is the fact that it is so easy to
propagate herbs - even Parsley from seed! Herbs are almost universally
easy to grow and propagate. They can be propagated from cuttings, seeds,
divisions, bulbils, in water, in the green house or in a cold frame.
Herbs rarely suffer from the myriad of garden pests that are attracted
to non-herb plants. Aphids are a bit of a problem on new shoots (of
everything) but herbs are normally trouble-free. Perhaps that is why
many 'herbal concoctions' were so successful in past years for
controlling pests on other plants. Nowadays, it is illegal to make your
own herbal mixture for pesticide use! It is not illegal to splatter your
plants with many man-made chemicals of course!
Medicinal Herbs for wellness and healthy life!
Herbs are grown the world over for use in cooking and
They are also grown for their natural beauty! Each continent or country
has its own different herbs, but almost always, they are an integral
part of the cuisine, health and culture of that country. In the west, we
seem to demand that everything that flavours comes out of a pot - rather
than something that we put into a pot (cooking). There is herbal life
beyond new potatoes with mint or lamb with mint sauce. Open your minds -
go forward again to the past! You won't be disappointed.
See our full A - Z Listing of Herbs here
and you can also search our list of
Common Names for Herbs
Read about the History of Herbs
Let's get started on our Herb Garden
Herbs have a rightful place growing in the herbaceous border, for many
of them are dual purpose - the Salvia - sage - group - and of course
what herbaceous border would be complete without a few plants of
Echinacea or Bergamots growing in them. The rose bed is a natural
habitat for either low growing Thymes or
lavenders. And any
crack in a wall or paving is alright for low growing Thymes or other
'tread-able' treasures. If it’s 'aroma' that you are after, then
brushing up against the curry plant - Helichrysum will take a lot of
So! Let's go
By David Hughes -