Herb garden seeds
Herb garden seeds
Many popular herbal plants, both medicinal and culinary, can be grown from seed. Herb garden seeds can be obtained in stores, catalogs and online from commercial and organic growers. In organic varieties, you can expect safe seeds that have not been treated with any chemicals, so your plants will start life without contaminated residues.
Common Medicinal Herbs:
Most of these herbs like full sun.
1. Chamomile, one of the safest herbs, improves sleep and aids digestion.
2. Dandelion, a much maligned and misunderstood herb. Banished as a noxious weed, dandelion actually has many medicinal properties, chief among them its detoxifying properties. The entire dandelion can be used from root to bloom and makes a delicious wine.
3. Lavender, an excellent herb for bad nerves and headaches. A little lavender rub on your temples will soothe the pain. Great for cutting, drying and rolling to keep your home smelling sweet. It works gently to calm the nerves and quell the temper.
4. Lemon balm, the leaves make an aromatic tea, and since the herb is mildly sedative, it tackles depression with its mild taste.
5. Yarrow, not only a proven wound healer, but also adorns the garden with luxurious flowering heads.
6. Echinacea is the best for supporting the immune system, but it is also a spectacular garden plant.
7. Hyssop, a graceful tall plant with striking purple flowers, loves shade. It is usually used to soothe a sore throat.
8. Feverfew, often recommended for female nutrition and migraine headaches. Its small daisy-like flowers on densely leafy stems work well as a border near trees.
There are several other medicinal herbs and some that straddle the line between medicinal and culinary.
Herb garden seeds for your kitchen garden may include:
1. Catnip, makes a good tea and cats go wild in the catnip bed. It can be invasive, so plant it away from your other herbs.
2. Parsley, an exotic flavor and an ideal accent to any dinner plate.
3. Thyme, the creeping variety, makes a good ground cover, wafting its fragrance into the air as you walk along it.
4. Onion, onion flavor. Can be cut into dishes to add color and accent. Purple blooms in spring.
5. Rosemary, its grey-green foliage and light blue flowers make it an attractive garden accent. A good addition to a potpourri bowl.
6. Dill adds flavor to many dishes and makes an airy, fern-like display that butterflies love.
7. Sage, used in poultry recipes, but also has antifungal and antiseptic properties.
8. Oregano leaves are a must for Italian food, and the compact plant makes a nice border for the garden.
9. Marjoram, a sweet-smelling, great spice that goes in everything from soup to eggs.
10. Basil, another essential part of the Italian aroma. Gardeners say that planting them next to your tomatoes is a romance made in heaven.
11. And don’t forget the mints. So many to choose from, but mint planted by the kitchen door will deter ants.
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