Advice about growing herbs and information
about herb gardening
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.
Manufactured 'cures' from the drug companies are relatively new
stuff - most having been introduced during the last twenty
Herbs have a variety of uses - culinary, medical
and aromatherapy to name a few. It is unfortunate that there is
a little bit of mystique about Herbs. We hope to be able to
present the facts, with full scientific/medical research to
prove the points.
Herb gardening is once again gaining in
popularity as we are re-introduced into the relative low
maintenance aspect of having a herb garden - and also see that
many of the herbs can simply be grown as flowers! Yes!
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
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! More to the point,
is that herbs can be grown almost anywhere; garden, window box,
container, windowsill, old boot, sun, shade, dry bank, boggy area. In
fact anything that stands still!
Herb Gardens and Herb Gardening
The herb garden on the left - RHS Wisley - is proof
that herbs can be interesting when grown for either ornamental or
traditional healing reasons. It is possible to have herbs in growth for
most of the year, and for many to be flowering throughout the
traditional gardening months of March through until October - or later.
Even if grown just as 'Plants' there should be room for a wide
range of herbs in any garden - or
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 of course also annual herbs,
biennial herbs and tender herbs. To add to that, they can be grown indoors
in the kitchen, and bought ready grown from many supermarkets. Visit a herb
garden - the is bound to be one in the county or state that you live. Owners
of herb gardens are almost universally helpful in wanting to advise or
generally talk about the herbs that they grow.
One 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!
Never forget that we (mankind) got as far as we
have by using herbs for eating and healing. There was no National Health - or
even easy access to doctors until after 1940. We got that far with the use of
herbs! In the days of 'conversation' advice and information about herbs was
freely available and handed down through generations.
Nowadays, the multi-national drug companies provide
the 'cures' for most ailments. There are new drugs bought into use every
year, yet herbs are still a realistic alternative, and form part of a
deeper, holistic way of life. Scientific evidence supports the use of
many herbs for a number of complaints. Throughout the 'developing'
nations, herbs are still the mainstay of curative medicine. The
multi-nationals are working hard to change that way of life. There is
little profit in the continued use of herbal preparations! Many drugs
and medicines are manufactured to 'imitate' the chemicals naturally
found in many herbs. As they say - "imitation is the best form of
Herb seeds have been discovered in late stone age
settlements, and the Chinese described medicinal plants and herbs from as
early as 3000 BC - that's five thousand years ago. We probably owe our very
survival in no mean part to the knowledge base of advice and information
about herbs that was built up thousands of years ago. Much of that herbal
advice and information, has been preserved by folklore and written word over
the centuries. We aim to re-discover that database of herbal knowledge, and
put it to good use.
animals - or at least those fortunate (?) enough not to have access to a
vet - use herbs (plants) to cure themselves of all sorts of ailments! Surely
we are as clever as these animals.
The growing and use of herbs is shrouded in mystique -
probably as a result of historical uses by witches, and witchdoctors. Read
the information we have here and follow our advice about herb growing and we
should be able to dispel some of the mysteries that surround Herbs and
Herbs are grown the world over for use in cooking and healthcare. 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 ne disappointed.
See our full A - Z Listing of Herbs here
Read about the
History of Herbs
Let's get started on our Herb Garden
- By now - hopefully - you will have realised that there in no excuse for
not growing herbs - or at least one of your favourite ones in a pot somewhere!
Use your imagination. Anything goes with herbs. They are not out of place in
a shrub border. In fact, some of them are classed as shrubs. Sages and
Perovskia to mention two, and I suppose we should throw in the all time
favourite - Lavenders!
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.
And if its 'aroma' that you are after, then brushing up against the curry
plant - Helichrysum will take a lot of beating.
So! Let's go Herb Gardening.
By David Hughes -