Herb gardening is about doing things the easy way (at least in my garden) I don’t have an herb garden by itself but rather I tuck herbs here and there throughout the garden where they’ll either be part of the flower display or hidden behind something when I take cuttings. Many of the annual herbs find themselves in our vegetable garden rather than in the flower gardens. And, as you’ll see in some of the pictures, I’ve grown a great many herbs in containers over the years.
Wherever you put them – do plan on incorporating the ones you really use in your own garden.
How To Successfully Harvest Herbs. Here are the techniques you need to know in order to successfully harvest (at the right time) and get the best quality herbs into your own kitchen.
Here are the twenty best herbs for making tea. My favorite is mint but tell me yours in the comments.
Here’s an Herbs de Provence recipe you can easily make yourself.
Angelica is a wonderful plant for the back of the perennial or herb garden. Here’s how to grow it and a recipe for using it
Anise is a fragrant herb and let me suggest you only use fresh seed for growing this plant.
Arugula is a spicy herb for salads and is easily grown in the herb or vegetable garden.
Basil is one of my most grown plants in the herb garden. I’m not sure what I’d do without it in tomato recipes. Unfortunately, downy mildew has become a problem for basil. Here’s the organic response to how to control downy mildew on basil using organic techniques.
Borage has delightful blue flowers worthy of being in the flower garden plus both flowers and leaves are edible.
Garlic. is one of the most essential of kitchen herbs in our life. Garlic effectiveness in the kitchen – do you microwave it, boil or bake it for best health results.
Lavender and keeping it alive from year to year.
Horseradish is one of the easiest of herbs and once you have it, even a small bit left in the ground will produce next year’s crop.
Nepeta or catnip is a wonderful flowering plant that only attracts cats once the stems are bruised.
Rosemary is one of those herbs you want to grow and use but wind up killing all too often. Here’s how to grow it, start it yourself and a video on overwintering it.
Thyme is easy to start from seed and/or cuttings for the fancier varieties that don’t come true from seed.
Other Things To Read About Herbs
- Here’s a link to a 1000-year-old book about the medicinal use of plants.
- The insecticidal and antioxidant properties of mint. Grow your own healthy plants.
- How to improve garlic effectiveness in the kitchen – USDA research report
- Catnip may turn out to be an effective insect repellant.
- Fertilizer type makes a big difference to the harvest of rosemary. Interesting article about feeding this plant for maximum harvest. This kind of article makes me wonder about what other plants might have this reaction?
- Wastewater from the distillation process may increase the harvest of herbs So if you do some distillation – don’t throw the water away – pour it onto your herb bed.
- How to succeed with indoor herb gardening. Seriously – you can do some herbs but not others and here’s what you need to know
- Here are the things you want to consider before growing culinary herbs in your backyard and what mistakes beginners often make.