I started growing herbs for some fresh basil to use in my cooking.
Then I thought, “I love spearmint” so I bought a small plant and planted it in my front flower bed.
To my surprise the next year it grew and grew and soon I had mint as ground cover.
It grew around my day lilies and chives before I had it under control.
Next I bought some lavender. It smells so good and comes back every year. I had to try sage because it tastes so good in our thanksgiving stuffing.
It also comes back year after year. I didn’t’ know there were so many varieties of sage.
Little by little I journeyed into growing herbs and before I knew it herbs became an important part of my vegetable garden. I have since acquired more plants like oregano and rosemary adding character and variety to my garden.
Traditionally herbs are referred to as any leafy plant which is used for eating, flavoring or as medicine. Pot herbs are leafy greens such as spinach, kale, Chard and lettuce. Herbs are low in calories and rich in minerals and some vitamins.
Uses for Growing Herbs Growing herbs can be used for culinary and medicinal purposes, dried in potpourris and sachets to use in linen closets and drawers to provide a nice scent and repel insects.
Early Americans tied herbs together into bouquets to flavor soups and stews and were sold in markets.
Most of the herbs belong to four major families; The mint family Labiatae), Carrot family (Apiaceae), Mustard family (Cruciferae) and the Daisy family (Compositae).
Why not grow an herb garden as a part of your landscape?
Learn about herb garden design, cooking with herbs and drying herbs to infusing vinegars and oils with your home grown herbs for gifts from your garden.
Growing Basil the romantic herb.
Sage is one of my favorite perennial herbs to grow because it comes back each year.
Making herbal teas or herbal infusions help tap into the healthy nutrition in herbs
Drying Dill for using in dressings and for making dill Pickles.
Everyday Vegetable Garden