Growing herbs can be done for a number of purposes; for cooking in
culinary herbs, medicinal herbs, herbal
or for putting into making
. One can also grow
as well as in
containers and window
Don't forget your companion
when growing vegetables and
soft fruits. Planting and harvesting herbs should be done by taking the
lunar phases into consideration for the best results. For more
information on this see our pages on planting
by the moon
Here are some of my favorite herbs and their uses, but remember to
plant your herbs in full sun. They should receive at least 5-6 hours of
sun a day, and all those herbs mentioned below love well-drained soil.
If they have wet feet for a prolonged time, they will die.
Growing Herbs - Borage
is a herb that
grows like a weed if it is not contained. It is
extremely prolific, readily self-seeds, is not fussy about the soil,
and its pretty star-shaped blue flowers make a pretty show, almost all
year round and the bees love them.
When the leaves are young, they are great to put into salads. Borage
tea is also easily made by drying out the leaves and
a few minutes with some boiling water. Borage tea is a good source of
calcium and phosphorous, and a
tea for nursing mothers. It has a
number of other minerals that is a good drink to kick start a sluggish
When you planting out your strawberries, always companion plant
borage close by
as this herb not only nourishes the berries, but also encourages their
Recipes - Borage Flower
Tea to Ward off Colds
1 t dried borage flowers
1 C water
honey to taste
Boil flowers in water for 1 minute. Strain and sweeten with honey.
Growing Herbs - Basil
is a very versatile culinary herb, and has long been
Italian food. The leaves are good to use in salads, cooking or as a
tea. If you want to dry the leaves for tea it is best to harvest these
just as the plant begins to flower.
Basil is a great
companion plant for
. You can also grow basil
close to lettuce, chives, cabbage, beets and asparagus.
Growing Herbs - Dill
large plant that is not suitable for small gardens,
you have the space it is a very versatile herb being used as a food,
spice and medicinally. Fish and dill go particularly well together, and
you can also use it in salads or dried in cooking.
Dill seeds should be collected when they are brown and can be
used as a
spice to flavor curries, soups and homemade pickles.
In the vegetable garden dill
good companion plant to broccoli, and
. However, keep dill away from carrots and
will do them no favors.
Growing Herbs - Marjoram
is a well-known herb
that when grown in the vegetable garden
has a stimulating effect on the vegetables they are grown close to. The
leaves and tops can be picked and used at any time. If you want to
harvest the leaves for tea, make sure that they are picked before the
As a medicinal herb, Marjoram
a good general tonic
especially beneficial when
combined with chamomile.
Growing Herbs - Stinging Nettles
Many of us have experienced a
painful encounter with stinging nettles
however, the young leaves in Italy are used in culinary dishes, and of
course many of use are more familiar with nettle tea.
The nettle plant
is the only known plant
that is a
source of Vitamin D
Young leaves can
be cooked like spinach, and many eat stinging nettles to clean the
When you plant nettles in the garden they can be used as a great
companion plant for
and seems to condition the soil of areas
where they grow.
If you want to restore
color, and put an end to dandruff
boiling up some nettle leaves with vinegar.
Growing Herbs - Parsley
Many people use either the curly variety of parsley or the Italian flat
. Rich in minerals, especially iron and
a good source for Vitamin
and Vitamin C
that is very
good for your internal
If you are going to grow parsley in your garden as a companion plant,
plant parsley between corn or tomato plants for best results
Recipes - Parsley Leaf
Tea for Aiding Digestion,
Circulation, Healthy Kidneys and Gall Bladder
Steep 1 heaped teaspoon parsley leaves and stalks in 1 cup boiling
water for 30 minutes.
Growing Herbs - Rosemary
is one of the best
medicinal herbs around, and used not only
to improve ones memory, but also for a number of other ailments such as
muscular pain, rheumatism, circulation problems, mental fatigue,
nervous exhaustion, cellulite
arthritis, colds, bronchitis, fluid
retention and sinusitis.
Rosemary used as a
herb is especially good for
when planted nearby.
Rosemary recipe for
3 T Epsom salts
2 T bicarbonate of soda
3 drops of rosemary oil
3 T cooking salt
Mix all ingredients together into a bowl of hot water. Soak feet for 20
Growing Herbs - Sage
been used down the centuries as both a culinary
medicinal herb. Sage tea
lemon and honey is an ideal drink for
those with colds and
and sage tea on its own is good for the
gums and teeth
It is also
beneficial for the nerves and can be taken
during menopause. Taken as a herbal tea several times a day, sage will also
minimizing excessive sweating.
As a culinary herb sage is lovely either dried or fresh used with
sausage meat for stuffings, and makes
a good companion herb for pork
As a companion planting
herb sage is
beneficial when planted near
broccoli and cauliflower
, and enhances the growth of other
herbs such as thyme and rosemary. and keeps harmful insects at bay.
Try this Herbal
Recipe for Sore
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon finely chopped sage leaves
1/2 cup warm water
Mix ingredients together, gargle whenever necessary to soothe a sore
Recipes - Sage Tea for
Stress, Shock and General Health Tonic
1 t dried sage leaves
OR 1 T fresh, chopped sage leaves
1 cup boiling water
Infuse for several minutes, strain and sweeten with honey to taste.
Growing Herbs - Thyme
is a fine-leaved, strong
scented herb which can be used as an antiseptic and anti-fungal and
helpful for those suffering from
indigestion. Thyme is also used in traditional medicine to stimulate
the resistance to infection.
Again, thyme is beneficial to plants that are grown close by. Thyme
also repels insects and as a companion
plant should be planted close to
Brussels sprouts, broccoli, or cabbage
Recipes - Thyme Tea for
headaches, depression, cramps and insomnia
A bunch of fresh thyme
600 ml water
In a covered saucepan, simmer for 20 minutes. Strain and sweeten with
Making Herbal Teas
Pour boiling water over the dried or fresh herbs, cover well with a
well-fitted lid and allow to steep for 5-10 minutes. Strain through
sieve and muslin cloth. Use about 4 tablespoons of herbs to 300 ml of
Growing Herbs as Insect Repellents
diseases and pests from tomatoes, flies and mosquitoes from outdoor
eating areas. A potted plant or dried leaves in a room drives out pests.
by rats and rodents. Plant near chicken coops and places where grain is
kept. Can be used as a screen for crops or near beans. Loved by cats.
to other plants. If you have a sick plant place next to plant in the
soil and you will have a 90% chance of the plant recovering. Repels
insects and makes a good herb lawn.
throughout the garden, especially with roses and apple orchards. Keep
away from peas and beans.
leaves will repel most insects. A decoction of young leaves and used as
a spray will kill aphids and small caterpillars.
fleas so grow near kennels and stables. Powdered fennel leaves or seeds
sprinkled about will also get rid of flies.
flies when mixed with milk and used as a homemade fly spray.
most insects. Protects cabbages from the white cabbage moth, and fruit
trees from pests.
among vegetables and flowers to repel beetles and discourage eelworms.
and Peppermint repel rodents and flies.
species of the onion plant are repellent to aphids. Plant in rose
gardens as a border or ground cover.
near cucumbers to keep beetles away.
most insects, including fleas.
leaves will repel flies, ants and fleas.
discourage beetles, ants, aphids and flies. Plant throughout the garden
and near the house. Dried leaves act as a natural insecticide in the
house. If mixed with dried Elder leaves the efficacy is increased.
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If you don't have the space
at home to grow herbs outside, why don't you think of growing herbs
indoors? There are several ways of growing
, but one of the most successful is by using air
hydroponics with an indoor herb garden kit.
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