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A Beginner's Herbal
10 years ago
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"What Herbs to Grow: A Beginner's Herbal

 

as you meet these darlings of Mother Nature, choose ones suited to your soil and light requirements to grow in your kitchen garden.

 

Aloe (Aloe species, liliacea). I am native of the African Congo and Mediterranean. My fresh gel is a home remedy for acne,burns, abrasions, and skin cancers. I prefer a sunnly location with well-drained soil. Grow me as a container plant and propagate my pups. protectme from winter freezes. Harvest my largest outer leaves by splitting them open and scraping out my gel.

 

Artemisia (Artemisia species). I originated in the Mediterranean and now inclide over fourhundred inmy family. I love full sun and can grow in poor soil. I repel aphids and insects but my oil is toxic. I am grown as an ornamental. My Sweet Annie and wormwoods are also aromatic. I am safe to use externally as a pain reliever. I grow prolifically. I have naturalised in all temperate climates. I am especially liked because I repel mice.

 

Basil (Ocimum basilicum). Because I am from the Mediterranean, i require several hours of sunlight and composted soil. I grow from seed and my cuttings root in water as an aromatic, culinary, medicinal, and cosmetic herb. My pesto makes a great meal out of the simplest pasta. Plant me near tomatoes, onions, and garlics and harvest me often.

 

Bay Laurel (Laurus nobilis). I am a native of the Mediterranean grown as a tender perennial. I require protection from wind and cold winter freezes. i propagate from cuttings that take several months to root. My popularity comes as a culinary herb but my oil is also good for sprains. I used to adorn the heads of heroes, but now I am used in grains to keep weevils from hatching there.

 

Bee Balm (Monarda didyma). I am a mint witha delicious citrus flavour. My beautiful scarlet flowers attract pollinators and hummingbirds. My leaves are brewed into the Oswego teathat replaced English tea after the Boston Tea Party. I thrive in a wide variety of soils and light conditions. Leave me plenty of room to grow and I will make you abutterfly garden.

 

Salad Burnet (Poterium sanguisorba). I am a member of the rose family with leaves that taste like cucumbers. I come from the Mediterranean and have naturalized in most soils and climates. I produce mounds of lacy green leaves and propogate easily from seeds. enjoy me in salads and vinegarsand allow me to mulch myself in the winter.

 

Betony Lamb's Ears (Stachys officinalis). I am a perennial herb growing wild from Europe to Siberia. My soft leaves contain tannic acid an can be used as a natural band-aid. I propagate from seed and division in well-drained soil. Grow me as an ornament or a pet.

 

Borage (Borago officinalis). I am an annual native in many countries. I self-seed and need plenty of sun and room to sprawl in rich garden soil. My hairy leaves can be bruised to make a soothing compress and my beautiful blue flowers may help relieve a fever. Even my seeds are healing as a skin compress.

 

Catnip (Nepeta cataria). I am a native mint of Eurasia. Although cats get a little crazy by smelling me, people get calmer by drinking my tea. I am safe for children and combine well with other herbs to relieve colds and fevers. I propagate from seed and division and grow well in light shade.

 

Chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile or matricaria recutita). I am a native to many continents, soothing people of many nations. I propagate from seed sown in early spring in sandy well drained soil in filtered light. My nobile variety is a perennial called Roman chamomile, a sweet smelling lawn cover. The matricaria variety is the erect annual known as German chamomile. I can help in many ways, from soothing a baby's colic to keeping insects away. Try growing me in a fall garden when the heat is not so hard on me.

 

Chives (Allium species). I am native of the Mediterranean and Europe, a most ancient source of food and medicine. I love sunshine and propagate from seed and divisions, making and excellent border plant. Toss me in salads and dips, add my blossoms to soups, and allow my spicy flavour to season your food, lower your blood pressure, and repel insects in your garden. I give a lot and require only minimal care.

 

Comfrey (Symphytum officinale). I originated from Eurasia as a great healer. I love rich, moist soil and filtered sunlight. I propagate easily from root division or seed. Externally, I can mend bones, regenerate skin, and heal a variety of skin ailments. Use me often or I will take over your garden.

 

Crete Dittany (Dictamnus). I am a Mediterranean herb from the oregano family. I am an ornamental container plant with fuzzy, silvery leaves. Bring me inseide for the winter and let the cats enjoy rubbing against me. I'm  really

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Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale). I am a hardy perennial salad weed originating from Eurasia. Weed killers were invented for herbs like me. As a culinary herb, my leaves are an excellent blood tonic and diuretic. My roots can be roasted and brewed as coffee. Let me live near fruit trees and I will help them to produce more fruit. Just don't pull me up - I'm a non-allergic lawn cover that blooms, perfect for xeriscaping.

 

Dill (Anethum graveolens). I am an annual native of the Mediterranean, I grow easily from seed, but do not transplant me once I become established. I produce seeds and foliage for culinary pleasure in full sun and composted soil. Plant me away from fennel or you won't like the flavour of either of us.

 

Echinacea (Echinacea pupura). I'm an all-American. I propagate easliy from seed and rood division in the spring and fall. Grow me in composted soil and watch for butterflies when I bloom. My 2-3 year old roots provide and antibioticblood purifier and mild immune stimulant. My taste will make lemon seem sweet.

 

Epazote (Chenopodium ambrosiodides). I'm the Mexican and South American "bean plant".I make beans digestable. I grow anywhere and re-seed for next year's crop. If you don't use beans, make an insect repellent from my leaves. Even grasshoppers stay away from me.

 

Eucalyptus species. I originate from Australia and Tasmania. The Aborigines discovered my antiseptic and germicidal qualitie. My essential oil is used in many commercial products. I am a very tender perennial that can be grown in a container or a green house. I prefer sun, rich soil, and a good watering.

 

Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare). I am a native of the Mediterranean. I grow very large and reseed easily as an annual. My edible seeds and bulb are used asa digestant. I increase mother's milk and reduce colic in babies. My essential oil is soothing to skin and eases rhumatic pain.

 

Garlic (Allium sativum). I am a herb of magical powers. My properties reduce infection, fungus, blood clots, worms, viruses, and blood pressure. My fresh bulbs are medicinal. I'm a companion with many other plants and propagate easily from seed and root division. You can start me growing by putting my bulb in the soil. My summer blooms intice butterflies but my odor repels chewing insects. Plant me near roses to repel aphids.

 

Horehound (Marrubium vulgare). I origionated in Eurasia and North Africa. I grow in dry, sandy soil and where no one else thrives. I am renown for breaking magic spell. My taste is very bitter, so the Shakers of colonial America created recipes adding sugar to my tea. Soon they learned to make cough drops and help people with colds and coughs. In England, I was once used to flavor ale and attract bees in gardens. Grow me in a sunny place with lots of space. When my blue-green leaves shimmer with sunlight, I'm thought to be quite attractive.

 

Lavender (Lavandula species). I am the herb of love and chastity. My aroma is calming and clean. Although my home is the Mediterranean, I've learned to live all over the world. Most of my species have crossed. My hybrid varieties yield the most oil. I can germinate from seed, but grow easily from cuttings. I must have well drained soil and enjoy sunlight. I am an attractive container, garden, or edging plant. My French variety requires winter protection. English, Spike, and Munstead are more winter-hardy. I am a 'must' for every gardener; I have a variety to suit every climate and every need.

 

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis). I am a native of Southern Europe. My seeds are so vital, I have naturalized everywhere. I am a mounding mint with a reputation for lifting spirits. My second birthday yields the most leaves for a refreshing tea. I enjoy sunlight and require well-drained soil. I look good in a container or a garden. Bees are especially attracted to me. I'm at my best growing wild on the hills of Greece, but I can adapt wherever you plant me.

 

Lemon Grass (Cymbopogon citratus). I'm a native of Southeastern Asia growing in tropical climates all over the world. From a distance, I may be mistaken as Johnson grass, but I'm a really useful herb. I yield the finest commercial lemon oil and make the best culinary herb for lemon lovers. My bulb helps digest fatty meats and my leaves flavor teas, seafood, and vegetables. Grow me in full sun with lots of water. Propagate me from root division or buy abulb at the local Chinese vegetable market, root me in potting soil, and I'll be producing new leaves in three weeks.

 

Lemon Verbena (Aloysia triphylla). I am a native of South America. I am a deciduous lemony shrub that loses leaves every fall. Most people grow me in containers and cut me in half during the summer. I attract spider mites and white flys that suck the lemon right out of me. Check me often and spray a little pyrethrum and soapy water to kill the bugs, or plant mar

10 years ago

Some information was cut off I must have written too much!

Crete Dittany...I'm really cute.

Lemon Verbena...Marigolds to lure them away from me. Harvest my leaves for teas, cosmetics, and potpourris. Grow me in full sun and rich, light soil.

 

Lippia Dulce (Stevia rebaudiana). I am the sweet herb of Paraguay, a cousin of kudzu.I am a newcomer to the herb market and am renowned asa sugar substitute. I grow well as a perennial ground cover in filtered light. Dry my harvested leaves before using me as a sweetener. I propagate easily from runners.

 

Mint (Mentha species). I am a native of most every continent. I was once a beautiful nymph until Persephone changed me into a herb. I've been around the world, renowned for being the most useful aromatic herb. I serve a million cups of teas daily and grow in most herb gardens as a perennial. I propagate easily from cuttings and can root in water. I like shade and moisture, but can adapt to many conditions. Just don't plant me next to chamomile - I don't like the competition.

 

Majoram(Origanum majorana). I come from North Africa and Asia and have done well in Mediterranean countires. The Greeks know me as 'the joy of the mountains', the herb of love, a favourite of Aphrodite herself. I am popular as a culinary, cosmetic, and stewing herb. Propagate me from cuttings. Be patient if you sow my seeds. Plant me in a suny, well-drained area or container. Protect me from winter freezes and I'll make you a wonderful butter.

 

Mullein (Verbascum thapsus). I am a roadside weed grown in many countries as a biennial. My silvery-gray leaves and three foot stalk of rosette flowers make an attractive container plant or background in the garden. I grow easily from seed every spring. My flower stalk can be dipped in wax for a true herbal candle. My furry leaves make a fresh compress of tea for sore throats and colds.

 

Oregano (Oreganum). I am the jazzier cousin of majoram, originating from the Mediterranean. I escaped in America and Europe to grow wild and free. Although my greatest fame has been culinary, my oil can be diluted to ease rhumatic and sprained joints. I grow in sunny, well-drained soil and can make an attractive hanging basket. I propagate easily from seed, root division, and cuttings. Keep me near the kitchen so you can enjoy me often.

 

Parsley (Petroselinum crispum). I am a native Mediterranean culinary delight and a well known deoderant and diuretic. I contain many vitamins and mineals when eaten fresh. Soak my seeds before sowing them into the soil. I germinate within six weeks. Although I am biennial, I am often grown as an annual. My seed, leaves and roots are all medicinal, especially when grown in moist composted soil.

 

Perilla (Perilla frutescens). I am an Asian mint, known as 'Japanese beefsteak'. I have frilly purple leaves and I'm often mistaken for purple basil. I propagate from seed very easily and grow anywhere I land. My leaves make beautiful, spicy, pink vinegar and my seed heads are quite attractive in dried arrangements. Wherever you plant me, you'll see me again next year.

 

Rosemary (Rosemarinus species). I'm the herb of rememberance, a perennial evergreen shrub from the Mediterranean. I grow in sunny places in well-drained alkaline soil. I propagate best from cuttings of soft, tender stems. Harvest me anytime you want to make an elegant chicken dish or an exquisite hair rinse. My essential oil is a remed for headaches, depression and rheumatism.

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Rue (Ruta graveolens). I am a native European, the herb of grace. I like well drained soil in a sunny, romantic garden. I can also be grown as an attractive container plant. My blue-green foliage looks great next to silvery herbs. I bloom bright yellow flowers all summer and propagate from seed, cuttings and division. My volatile oil ,ay cause photosensitivity and blistered skin, so plant me as a background plant.

 

Sage (Salvia officinalis). I am a native Mediterranean herb that has naturalised as far north as Canada. I'm a hardy perennial that requires little care. Because most people over-water me, I get root rot. I don't even like humidity. I bolt easily from seed and also propagate from cuttings. Gardeners use my tea as an insect repellent, cooks stuff their holiday turkeys with my leaves,and aromatherapists relax sore muscles with my essential oil. I'm a great herb for menopausal sympoms and a decongestant for sinus congestion. I'm reputed to be an excellent companion for longevity.

 

Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare). I am a European weed, naturalized along roadsides in North America. I am a hardy perennial propagated easily from seed or division. I can repel ants and many insects, produce yellow dye from my button flowers, and clear the skin of blemishes as a lotion. I enjoy full sun but can thrive in shade. Although my leaves are rather graceful, I've been accused of being invasive. I'm used to roaming freely along roadsides and still like to have my space.

 

Thyme (Thymus vulgare). I am the herb of courage, originating from the Mediterranean. I hid in the fleece of imported sheep and naturalized in North America. I'm a neat herb, requiring little space or care. I like sun, a well-drained, dry soil and a small crevice to grow. My properties are antiseptic. I'm a real killer for colds. I enhance the flavour of many foods and taste good with many other herbs. I propagateeasily from seed, cuttings and division, growing as a perennial herb in a garden.

 

Violet (Viola odorata). I am a Eurasian herb of innocence. I grow alongside shady, wooded areas and naturalize in limy soil. I propagate easily from division and self sow by runners. I am a hansome addition to a rock garden or border. My flowers can be candied and my leaves canbe bruised and applied to wounds. My perfume is popular but usually synthetic. I'm a favourite in nosegays and tussie mussies.

 

Yarrow (Achillia millefolium). I am a European weed names after the god of war, Achilles. My bruised leaves can stop bleeding and my flowers reduce fevers. The essential oil distilled from my flowers, azulene, is a powerful antiseptic. I grow in full sun and adapt to many soils. Propagate me by division or seed as a border plant or ground cover. I am an ancient healer who has been around since Neanderthal times." Mother Nature's Herbal - Judy Griffin, PH.D.

10 years ago

Sandra this is a wonderful thread!  I grow many of these herbs in my garden  There are a few I am looking to add next year as my daughter is getting more and more into herbs and cooking.  She is learing how to use herbs in our kitchen and thier beinifits.  She is looking for a good recipe for dandelion tea, the first one she tried was rather bitter so she is looking for something a little sweeter It should also be noted that dandelion is loaded with healthy values.  While tons of people see them as just mere weeds and do what they can to get rid of them, they are not realizing the health benifits they have!  Great info!

10 years ago

Hi Jennifer I love herbs I haven't grown that many as I have only been in my current house for a year so only one of each season to grow things, I have some thyme, lavender and rosemary in my front garden I am planning to make a big planter with loads of herbs in near my kitchen next summer and up on a table where my bunnies cant get them! I think there is much more that can be said about most of these plants, but I thought that this was one of the best summaries and gives so many plants to choose from!

Feel free to add anymore information you want and your daughters dandelion tea recipe!

Sandra

xoxoxoxox

Growing
10 years ago

Merry meet!
I usually have herbs in pots but the last few years, here in S TX, it has been way too hot (+98F) As I have been moving every few years, I dare not put then in the ground. All I have now is a rosemary from last season. I usually start with my 'Simon and Garfunkel' herbs: parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme and expand from there. I have learned to refer to the regional mags on growing, 'cause none of the other words of advice know the harsh conditions and pests here.

10 years ago

Good Morning Sandra and Laura.

sandra, I have been having a little problem with the bunnies as well.  They usually leave my basil and chives alone but like to snack on the rest.  I was thinking the same thing, making a potted garden up on my deck where the bunnies can get   Come to think of it, they would be a little closer to the house and more convient as well..

I woul dlove to share with you miss Hannahs dandelion tea as soon as she has it drinkable, lol!  Bless her heart!  Tonight she is helping me make tomato and basil pasta sauce from scratch!  It should be yummy over pasta

10 years ago

Hi Laura and Jennifer I think it must be hard to grow things in such a hot place Laura! It is nice and temporate where I am, a bit chilly and wet sometimes but we are enjoying a nice summer at the moment so the sun is showing himself!

 

Yay, I am glad to give you some ideas Jennifer, it is what this group is all about, I have been given a planter by my father-in-law that my husband calls 'the coffin'! its a big black trough thing and I am going to make that up next year on a table near the kitchen...should have some yummy herbs this time next year then! gardening is so great for being a long term hobby, you never run out of things to do!

 

Sandra

xoxoxoxox

Dandelion Tea
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Dandelion Root Tea or Dandelion Tea – Dandelion Chai
Simmer 8 to 10 minutes over medium heat:
2 cups water
3 Tablespoons roasted dandelion root, or 3 teabags
pinch cinnamon (or, a cinnamon stick)
pinch ginger root
some, your choice:

• (anise seed)
• (bay leaf)
• (black peppercorns)
• (cardamom seeds)
• (cloves)
• (orange peel, dried)
• (raspberry leaf, dried)
• (fennel seeds)
• (peppercorns)
• (star anise)
• (vanilla bean)

Strain the tea using a fine filter. To this add:
honey, a spoonful
milk, to taste

Heat again on a low flame, and do not boil.
Enjoy iced, or hot

10 years ago

Thanks for that Jennifer, I will have to try it!

Love

Sandra

Theme Gardens for Herbs
10 years ago

I found this in 'Mother Nature's Herbal' and I thought you might all like it....

 

"Theme Gardens for Herbs

Now that you have an idea of where you herbs are going to be growing, consider choosing a theme for your garden. Each theme will set a mood and evoke memories and feelings for every visitor walking the path leading into your special garden. Here are some suggestions to add to your own garden design.

 

Bee Garden

A bee garden will invite a variety of beneficial insects and hummingbirds to protect and pollinate your herbs. Bee gardens are enhanced by a sundial centerpiece of bay laurel tree as a focus. They are reminiscent of Mediterranean herbs, with a variety of scents, colours and tastes to set the mood. Pick a sunny location with rich, well-drained soil. Select as many herbs from the following list as you can comfortably make space for in your garden design and get ready to make new friends.

Basils, Bee Balm, Betony, Borage, Bush Sage, Catnip, Egyption Onions, Feverfew, Lemon Balm, Majorman, Mints, Mullien, Nasturtium, Oregano, Pineapple Sage, Society Garlic Chives, Thyme.

 

Annual Culinary Garden

The following selection of herbs grow quickly and compete with one another to get to the dinner table. Remember to give these herbs adequate growing space, eighteen inches in diameter, and all enjoy full sun except parsley and watercress. Plant these in the shade of a taller annual like perilla or summer avory. Use the flowering annuals, marigolds, chamomile and nasturtiums as an attractive border which will also attract pollinators and beneficial insects. Culinary herbs prefer rich, moist, well-drained soil and space to sow seeds for next year's dinner.

Basils, Borage, Chamomile, Chervil, Dandelion, Dill, Ginger, Marigold, Mustard (Fall planting), Nasturtiums, Parsley (Biennial), Perilla, Summer Savory, Watercress.

 

Culinary Perennial Garden

Culinary perennials belong near the kitchen, combined with the culinary annuals or separate if space allows. Perennial herbs die back during the winter and return in the spring. Gazing at a perennial culinary garden takes me back in time to Mexico, Central America and South American travels. Their gardens become favourite community social areas where food is prepared nearby. That's my idea of garden fresh! In these cultures, the men grow and tend the gardens and the women cook and create new recipes of herbal delights. The following herbs enjoy growing in a culinary perennial garden in sunny, well drained areas. Select ones most likely to find their way into your kitchen xuisine and prepare for a bountiful harvest.

Bay, Carrots, Chives, Curry, Epazote, Fennel, Horehound, Horseradish, Lemon Grass, Lovage, Majoram, Mints, Onions, Oregano, Rosemary, Sages, Sorrel, Tarragon, Thymes, Winter Savory.


Romantic Garden

Sunshine and waves of gentle colors greet the visitors of a romantic herb garden, Memories of medieval knights visiting young maidens with billowing skirts and garlands of daisies in their hair float through the imagination until the eyes focus on a marble statue surrounded by lilies, iris and hollyhocks in full bloom. The following herbs enhance a romantic garden and may be interplanted in full or partial sun in sandy loam soil amended with compost and protected with an aromatic mulch, such as cocoa shells.

Columbine, Comfrey, Daisies, Evening Primrose, Foxglove, Hollyhocks, Iris, Lamb's Ears, Lilies, Marigolds, Myrtle, Perennial Sage, Rose Campion, Tue, Violets, Yarrow.


Fragrant Garden

While you drift off into dreamtime in the peaceful embrace of the romantic garden, you might dream of a fragrant garden to plant nearby. The fresh scent of Sweet Annie, lavender, and rosemary under a trellis of climbing, fragrant roses, such as Lady Eubanksia, comes to mind. The nearby blossoms of wisteria and honeysuckle hanging on a nearby fence float by, while the scents of mints, violets and sweet woodruff crushed underfoot rise to further stiumulate the senses as you pass. Select a variety of scents from the following list to plant in a protected, morning sun location. Add well-composted organic amendments to the soil, such as alfalfa, goat or rabbit manure, and a few handfuls of earth worms to keep the soil aerated.

Bouncing Bet (Soapwort), Curry, Lavender, Lemon Verbena, Mints, Patchouli, Pennyroyal, Rosemary, Roses, Scented Geraniums, Southenwood, Sweet Annie, Sweet Woodruff, Tansy, Violets."

 

Mother Nature's Herbal - Judy Griffin PH.D.

 

 

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"Survivor's Garden (Tolerates Poor Soil)

For those whose yard suffers from well-drained soil depravation, there is a survivor's herb garden. The following herbs will tolerate poor, rocky soil and have been known to thrive just about anywhere. Once established in your garden, they will multiply quickly and compete for your attention by displaying unique beauty. They will bloom more when planted in an area with five to six hours of sunshine and prefer an area where they can grow uninhibited. Keep the tall plants in the background, namely bronze fennel, artemisias, epazote, evening primrose, and mullein. Use lamb's ears, chives, yarrow, thyme, germander, and salad burnet for borders. Fill the remaning space with any of the following herbs that are native in your area. Check with your local nursery or county extension agent for information on native plants.

Artemisia, Bee Balm, Dwarf Borage, Bouncing Bet, Chives, Curry, Dandelions, Epazote, Evening Primrose, Fennel, Feverfew, Geraniums, Germander, Horehound, Horseradish, Lamb's Ears, Lavdender Cotton, Marigold Mint, Mint, Mullein, Munstead Lavender, Salad Bernett, Tansy, Thyme, Yarrow.

 

Shade Garden

This garden provides a quiet, shady spot to rest. The refreshing, graceful herbs suggest here will prepare you for a quiet meditation under the outstretched arms of a shade tree. Choose an area with dappled sunshine or cool shade. The soil should be light, moist and a little sandy with plenty of space for a comfortable chair.

Calendula, Catnip, Foxglove, Lemon Balm, Mints, Lovage, Parsley, Pennyroyal, Pineapple Sage, Salad Burnett, Tarragon, Violets.


Evergreen Garden

Evergreen herbs can be used in mass plantings or alone as a centerpiece in a theme garden. They add drama to the landscape and a sense of secuirty planted round the home. Evergreens combine well with ground cover herbs and create a fragrant hedge near and around the home. Be sure to plant hardy rosemaries in freeze zones. They can be shaped and trimmed for an outdoor Christmas tree or harvested for wreaths inside the home. Evergreen gardens are dramatic under lights. Revolving coloured lights or spotlights will accent the beauty and simplicity of the family of evergreen herbs.

Bouncing Bet, French Sorrel,. Germander, Lemon Thyme, Oregano (as ground cover), Parsley (Cilantro), Roman Chamomile (as ground cover), Rosemary, Roses, Sage, Southernwood, Thyme, Yarrow (as a border).


Ground Cover

For herbalists who enjoy using herbs for ground cover in open spaces, the following herbs offer their fragrabces. Using Roman chamomile, woolly thyme, Corsican mint, and pennyroyal carpeting herbs, plant them instread of grass for a fragrant footpath. The remaining herbs listed can be used in borders and as fillers in every evergreen garden where space is available. The ground cover herbs are excellent erosion barriers for areas where loose soil washes away easily.

Betony, Catnip(shade), Corsican Mint, Germander, Lamb's Ears, Munstead Lavender, Pennyroyal, Prostrate Rosemary, Roman Chamomile, Sweet Woodruff (shade), Woolly Thyme.

 

Lover's Garden

Echoes of Shakespearean sonnets and footprints of fairies take us onto a stone pathway under an arching trellis of a fairy rose with hanging clusters of tiny, pink flowers. Splashes of colours meet us as we walk toward a bubbling fountain with sparrows splashing around in circles. Soon our eyes follow a butterfly who visits every flower....pink dianthus surrounded by blooming silver thyme, curious colombines peeking over the pinks and blues of bachelor's buttons, the stately foxglove with freckles of fairy paths nestled near the night blooming evening primrose and highlighted by the silvery leaves of lavender that glow in the moonlight. White coneflowers bloom near a large rosemary believed to be visited by angels. Balm and lemon thyme are waiting to be touched....but where are the lovers? Invite one and be ready to celebrate with Mother Nature.

Batchelor's Buttons, Colombine, Dianthus, White Coneflower, Evening Primrose, Fairy Rose, Foxglove, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Lemon Thyme, Rosemary, Silver Thyme. "

 

Mother Nature's Herbal - Judy Griffin PH.D.

 

10 years ago

Wow, lot's of great info here! This year my herb garden was bigger than last years. And next year, hopefully will grow again.

Anyone out there have a recipe for Anise candy? I remember my grandmother making this, but that was long ago. Now I have Anise and would like to make it into something edible.

I'd like to mention here a really good book I've been learning from; Herbal Pharmacy by Jerry Baker. In it is mostly medicinal uses, growing/harvesting and storage tips. He does touch upon some recipes but not consistant on everything, like Anise candy...

hay jennifer
10 years ago

your info on herbs is great i will start my hearb gardon in spring

10 years ago

Thank you for all your hard work Sandra this is a pleasure to read

10 years ago

Thanks guys, if I find any more I will post it it is great to have you guys to share it with

xoxoxoxox

 

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