Fresh herb gardening has been practiced by man and used for culinary, ornamental and medicinal purposes among others for many centuries. Perhaps the “perfect plant”, herbs have a wide range of capabilities. Although the topic is well documented, we sometimes find little secrets that are worth sharing with other gardening enthusiasts.
Here are some helpful tips for getting the most out of fresh herb gardening
- Garlic: a great favorite in the culinary world, garlic also holds a very high note in medicinal circles. Growing garlic as a pet among roses is an opportunity to testify how nature works wonderfully well. Insects and pests attracted to roses, the delicate perfume and tempting flowers are quickly removed from the pungent aroma of nearby garlic plants.
- Basil: we all agree that basil has a strong flavorful scent and adds so much to the food we like. This “Herbal Hero” also plays a guardian role in the garden for surrounding vegetables as it is a strong natural repellent for mosquitoes 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 which is the ability to remove bad breath when chewed after a big 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 stop it from climbing over your garden. To keep control of this herb, plant the mint inside a pot with the bottom removed. This will force the roots to grow downwards and prevent the plants from spreading in your garden.
- Oregano: this extremely popular culinary herb but did you know that it is also a wonderful ornamental addition to your garden? The oregano plant has miniature purple flowers that are quite beautiful and very decorative.
- Rosemary: this herb is well known for the particular greyish-green color of its needle-like leaves. Rosemary also blooms delicious blue flowers that attract bees that help sow the surrounding herbs and other vegetation which is very useful for your vegetable garden.
- The thyme is pronounced “Tempo”. The name is believed to derive from the word “Thumos” or “Courage” in Greek. This herb has been a symbol that represents courage for a long time and references in Greek, Romans, medieval knights and the history of the Scottish Highlanders.
- Dill: Many gardeners enjoy the pleasure of starting their herbs from seeds and there is a popular belief that growing herbs from seeds is better if grown in pots and transplanted later. Although applicable to many herbs, dill is certainly an exception and does not like to be transplanted. Just sow the seeds directly in your garden to grow them.
Another important point that should not be taken lightly is the economy that provides a fresh vegetable garden. Growing your herbs not only provides a higher degree of flavor and taste to all your meals as to the mass-produced quality often found in purchased stores. There are so many different uses you can make of your harvest crop that if you had to add their collective value you would be surprised at how much money you can save.
by Eustache Davenport