Starting the Herb Garden

I have had an ever-growing interest in herbs. Specifically, I have an ever-growing interest in the health benefits of herbs. I’ve tried my hand at growing them in the past, but didn’t have a lot of success. This year I decided to increase my chances of success and instead of growing just a couple different herbs, I have 16 different herbs growing in my dining room.

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I’ve started Echinacea, Chamomile, Toothache Plant, Yarrow, Mugwort, Feverfew, Motherwort, Bee Balm, Rosemary, Burdock, Cilantro, Basil, Dill, Cumin, Lemon Balm, and Perslane.  I also have Lavender planted outside and will start Borage outdoor in the next week.

My seedlings have done well and today I began transplanting some of them to larger pots.

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In a couple of weeks I’ll move them to the greenhouse and then outside into their summer homes.

Hopefully I’ll have good success this time around and now that hubby has a dehydrator, we can dry our herbs and store them for use in cooking. I can also use many of them in tinctures and ointments.

This is my year to gain experience in growing herbs. If all goes well I’ll also try making tinctures and ointments.  My plan is to expand my herb garden in the years to come, but for this year I’ll learn all I can.

 

3 thoughts on “Starting the Herb Garden

  1. Hello I come to you from the “farmy” I am a non-blogger fan of Ms.C and now you 🙂 I worked on an organic herb farm for many years.One of my all time favorites is called “Holy Basil” or Tulsi Basil. Its uses are many plus it smells delightful,and is easy to start from seed. As a tea or tincture it really makes one feel uplifted yet calm.(make sense ?) You will not be disapointed. Check with “Baker Creek Heirloom seeds” I believe they carry it. ( this is NOT a advertismemt :)Hope you check it out and heres to grand growing energy for all you plant!!! Mary from Alabama

    1. First of all, thank you for reading.

      I had some basil seeds from another company that I tried last year. I had a little success with them, but had sowed them directly outside. This year I’ve started them indoors and they seem to be doing better.

      The basil you describe sounds wonderful though. I’ll be consulting my Baker Creek Seed Company catalog in search of basil now 🙂

      1. maryisidra

        I am glad you got my comment. My laptop was having “hicupps” that day and I was unsure if it had gotten to you. As a PS to basil, The purples also make a lovely feel good tea. Oh and (I know this sounds kooky) true catnip herb. It is easy to grow and makes a great summertime ice tea.I forget its family but from personal use I highly recommend it! Glad to meet you and your family.Have a great day! 🙂

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