Planting an herb garden – Mother Earth News

Whether you’re a long-time gardener or just starting out, planting an herb garden is an easy way to get the most out of your space and your plants. An herb garden can be any size, from a few potted plants on your kitchen window to an acre of shrubbery. Many varieties of grass are known to be particularly hardy and can thrive in conditions where other plants might fail.

One of the best reasons to start an herb garden is the myriad benefits of so many of these plants. While species common in herb gardens often do not bear fruits or vegetables, their leaves and flowers can be included in recipes to add spice and flavor or can be made into tinctures and salves. to help prevent disease and injury.

Here are some of the common culinary herbs with surprising medicinal benefits:

Basil – Basil essential oil can be used to clear up acne, and a few basil leaves in your tea will help reduce stress. Ground leaves can be applied topically to relieve muscle tension and pain.

Oregano – as a dietary supplement, oregano will help relieve intestinal and menstrual cramps. Mixed into an ointment or crushed and rubbed into your skin, it will reduce acne and dandruff problems.

Tarragon – can be applied as a compress to relieve the symptoms of a toothache. As part of your regular diet, tarragon will reduce digestive issues such as constipation and cramps.

Parsley – rub on insect bites or dry skin for relief. Parsley as part of your diet is considered an aphrodisiac.

Rosemary – used in an ointment, rosemary will reduce muscle pain and may help increase memory.

The plants above are all known to be hardy and easy to grow, and are all common staples in a variety of recipes. Other plants that grow as weeds include catnip, chives, and mint, all of which can be left untended and will always thrive. Many herbs such as chamomile and calendula will provide you with beautiful flowers that can provide decoration as well as tasty teas and helpful balms.

If you only have limited space, consider any of the items above as part of a small container garden. With consistent watering they will thrive, and even a small container of basil or oregano can produce enough greenery to help your recipes. The sprigs of these plants can be dried and used later, or they can be picked fresh from the plant and used.

Herbs are a great way to introduce yourself to gardening or expand your current gardening experiences.


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Terri S. Tomasini