Herb Garden 1

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Damianita and Lavender (pictured). I have these at the front of my herb garden. These plants are not totally edible, per se, although there are exotic food recipes that might call for their limited use. These plants are semi-woody herbs with fragrant leaves that are often used in potpourri, or medicinal oils. They make fine additions to the herb garden because they are low maintenance and evergreen (in warm climates), and their blooms attract pollinators.

Herbs are plants that have useful leaves and flowers, either as food, spices, or for other non-edible uses like incense, potpourri, or medicines. Herb Gardens are one of the easiest gardens to have, as most herbs don’t require a lot of attention. The key with most herbs is that they like sun. So find a sunny spot in the yard (or plant a pot on a sunny porch), and think about what kinds of things you like to cook. Also, consider what kinds of teas you like, because what you determine from this should reflect in your herb selection.

If you like to cook spaghetti, then plant thyme, oregano (or Mexican oregano), and plant a bay laurel (mine grows in a container in part shade and does very well). This way, when you cook spaghetti, you can have fresh herbs at your disposal, and these make everything taste better.

If you like to cook Mexican food, then you are going to have a large herb garden (and this is even better than a regular one). Be sure to plant cilantro, mexican oregano, thyme, epazote, mint, sage, chives, and mexican tarragon.

If you like to grill, plant rosemary, sage, thyme, oregano, bananas, hoja santa, and any other herb you might experiment with. Remember, most of these plants will thrive on minimal care and some water (except the hoja santa), so don’t be afraid to be adventurous. Herbs are also inexpensive, so the return on investment is through the roof.

If you like to drink teas, plant lemon balm, lemon verbena, and/ or lemon grass. Don’t forget about mint and basil. And if you really want to go all out, find a Camellia sinensis plant, and grow your own green tea. It is not as hard as you might think.

If you like scented plants like Lavender, Damianita, Wormwood, and Sage, then add them to the herb garden. And with all seed-bearing herbs, save the seeds, and give them away to friends and family.

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