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The Herb Garden

Updated on October 30, 2016
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Working with nature is a key aspect to my method of growing nutritional healthy fruit and veg for the family.

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Bee on Hibiscus
Culinary Herb Seed Collection, 12 Individual Seed Packets Incl. 4,000+ Seeds Collectively (Sage, Basil, Chives, Cilantro, Rosemary, Dill, Marjoram, Oregano & More) Non-GMO Seeds by Seed Needs
Culinary Herb Seed Collection, 12 Individual Seed Packets Incl. 4,000+ Seeds Collectively (Sage, Basil, Chives, Cilantro, Rosemary, Dill, Marjoram, Oregano & More) Non-GMO Seeds by Seed Needs

12 different varieties of culinary herb seeds; includes Basil, Chives, Cilantro, Dill, Marjoram, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Savory, Spearmint, and Thyme.

 

Selection of Herbs from the Garden (And the Wild)

For Use in Cooking

Herbs grown in my Organic Mediaeval style Garden, in raised beds and containers, adds diversity to my garden and flavour to food on the table.

Thyme to Grow Your Own

If you wish to have a go at growing your own herbs but don’t know which herbs you want to grow, or you want a selection to get your herb garden started, then these variety packs shown here are just the ticket to get you started.

In this article I Feature a number of flowers and weeds not normally associated with herbs e.g. pot marigold, dandelion and nettle, and Herbs for the kitchen such as Mint (black peppermint, lemon mint, Apple mint and Indian mint (Satureja), Sage Icterina, Parsley, Bronze Fennel, French Marjoram, Feverfew, Laurus Nobilis (Bay Tree), Lemon Balm, Rosmarinus (trailing form of Rosemary), Doone Valley Thyme and Thyme Silver Posie.

The growing and use of herbs for aromatic, culinary and medicinal use is a big topic to cover, so in this article I feature the herbs I grow in my garden with a brief overview of each one as a taster of just some of the benefits you could reap by growing your own herbs in your own back garden.

Health Warning

Some herbs are known to react with medication so please seek proper medical advice before using any herb for medicinal purposes.

Herb Wheel and Containers in My Garden

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Containing Herbs

Herb Wheels, Containers, and Borders

Some herbs such as mint can run away with you in your garden and should be confined to their own corner of the garden; mint in particular can spread rapidly through their root system, other herbs like Fennel propagate vigorously through seeds.

Also herbs for use in the kitchen want to be to hand; you don’t want to go wading through a muddy garden at a moment’s notice just to pick a sprig of mint to flavour your boiled or mashed potatoes; you want them to hand and in easy reach. An ideal place for these herbs is just outside the back door or in a herb garden near the house.

Some of our herbs are in containers on the patio near the house, others which I can pick in advance (often just before I plan to cook so they are still fresh) are in their own pots, containers or raised bed at the end of the garden; some take pride of place in their own herb wheel.

Other herbs, such as sunflowers and marigolds and native wildflowers like Borage, I grow straight in the ground with the vegetables as part of companion planting in my medieval vegetable garden.

Be Content With Your Garden

BAY TREE (Laurus Nobilis)

A Culinary Herb

The Bay tree is an evergreen shrub or small tree with large aromatic dark-green glossy leaves.

To restrict its growth (unless you wish to end up with a tall tree in your garden) its roots are best contained by planting in a suitable sized pot.

In the Kitchen

Pick fresh leaves, rinse and add to sauces, soups and other dishes. Bay leaves are traditionally used in dishes requiring long cooking times so that the flavour from the leaves can diffuse into the dish, and the leaves are then removed before serving.

Commonly used in European recipes especially in the Mediterranean and in North America for soups, stews, meat, seafood and vegetable dishes, and in Indian cuisine.

The leaves are also used to flavour classic French dishes such as bouillabaisse and bouillon.

The leaves are generally used whole and removed before serving, but dried leaves can be crushed or ground before cooking to impart more of their desired taste.

Plant Care

Does well in full sun, water sparingly in winter and never allow it to dry out.

Bay Tree
Bay Tree

BORAGE (Borago Officinalis)

The Borage also known the starflower is a hardy annual herb with bright blue flowers loved by bees. 1ft to 3ft (30cm to 1m) tall and a spread of up to 1ft (30cm). This attractive plant is equally suitable for the flower border or herb garden.

In the Kitchen

Fresh flowers are used to decorate salads and iced drinks, crystallised for cake decorations. Pull on the centre of the flower and it easily comes away from the seed pod. The leaves have a cucumber flavour.

This is one herb we didn’t buy from the garden centre, it appeared in our front garden one year and once identified we started using its flowers as edible decoration in our salads. The following year it migrated to the vegetable garden in our back garden where it has stayed ever since, popping up most years amongst the vegetables as companion plating which ideally suits my style of Medieval Vegetable Gardening so is most welcomed and encouraged in our garden. It’s not invasive, just a few plants pop up in one spot where it quietly sits and meditates while I garden around it, just pick the odd flowers here and there when we have salad.

Plant Care

Water well until established. For potpourri pick flowers for drying in fine weather.

BORAGE
BORAGE

Dandelion

Even Weeds Have Their Uses

The Common Garden Dandelion is considered by most gardeners as a nuisance weed, it grows just about anywhere with no encouragement, spreads fast and far with its seeds that drift in the wind and it is difficult to get rid of with its long taproot, up to 1ft (30 cm), which unless you dig up the whole root will regrow.

However, since before mediaeval times the Dandelion has been known for its medicinal properties (contains luteolin, an antioxidant) and culinary uses.

Plant Care

A Weed?

In the Kitchen

  • Young leaves can be added to salads (often blanched first to reduce the bitterness).
  • Leaves (young or older) can be made into a refreshing drink by soaking in boil water for several minutes and draining-off; the same as with Feverfew and Herbal Teas described below.
  • Flowers can be used to make wine, and
  • The roots can be boiled as a vegetable, or roasted and ground up to make a caffeine-free coffee substitute.

FENNEL (Bronze Fennel)

Foeniculum Vulgare Purpureum

The Fennel with feathery foliage (leaves pinnate with thread like leaflets) growing up to 2 m (6 ft) tall is a very graceful plant that adds colour to any herb garden or perennial border.

In the Kitchen

Leaves, fresh or dried, are used in fish dishes and the seeds may be used in soups, bread or cakes. Leaves and thick stems can also be used in the same way as celery, and the flowers of the Bronze Fennel can be added to Salads.

The Bronze Fennel propagates by dropping its seeds, and is a prolific propagator so you’ll want to keep it away from areas of the garden where you don’t want to be constantly pricking its seedlings out the next year.

Planting or sowing this herb amongst shorter shrubs where its foliage can stick above them might complement these shrubs, and where it can get some shade from the sun may be ideal for it rather than in a middle of other more delicate herbs or in the vegetable plot.

Plant Care

Plant in well-drained soil in a sheltered sunny position and water well until established.

Bronze Fennel
Bronze Fennel

FEVERFEW (Golden Feverfew)

The medicinal properties of Feverfew have been known for thousands of years. Feverfew is purported to help lower fevers and ease headaches and is therefore considered an ideal natural remedy for colds and flu. Although not a cure it is meant to help to ease the discomforts, but it should not be taken in excess or if pregnant and eating fresh leaves can cause mouth ulcers.

An easy way to prepare feverfew as a drink to ease a headache or the symptoms of a cold is to pour boiling water onto a few leaves and leave to soak for 15 minutes before drinking. Feverfew is bitter so adding honey to sweeten the drink has been a common practice since before medieval times.

Pictured is Golden Feverfew, which may not have the medicinal properties of the species?

Plant Care

An easy to grow perennial bearing small white daisy flowers in summer with a strongly aromatic foliage and a bright golden hue for most of the year. Position the plant in well-drained soil in full sun and water well until established, and remove faded flowers to prevent self-seeding.

Golden Feverfew
Golden Feverfew

Lemon Balm

A Mint from the Lamiaceae Family

Lemon Balm is a bushy vigorous growing perennial herb in the mint family Lamiaceae. Like other mints it can be invasive in gardens and therefore should be well contained. Lemon Balm growing from 1 ft. to about 2.5 ft. (30 cm - 75 cm) is native to southern Europe and the Mediterranean region. Its leaves, strong lemon-scented, are toothed ovate and rough textured.

In the Kitchen

Fresh leaves add lemon flavour to a wide variety of hot and cold dishes and drinks e.g. salads, soups, sauces, deserts, soft drinks and liqueurs etc.

LEMON BALM
LEMON BALM

MARIGOLDS (Calendula)

Pot Marigolds

Pot Marigolds are traditionally known for their companion properties in the vegetable garden due to the aromatic oils they contain acting as an excellent insect-repellent which discourages whitefly.

However, although most marigolds are not edible the petals of the English Pot Marigold (pictured above) are edible and if picked fresh makes an excellent decoration to any salad.

pot marigold
pot marigold
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Pot Marigolds growing in Medieval Vegetable Garden as a Companion Plant
Pot Marigolds growing in Medieval Vegetable Garden as a Companion Plant
Pot Marigolds growing in Medieval Vegetable Garden as a Companion Plant

MARJORAM (Majorana)

Great for Mediterranean and Vegetable Dishes

Most Marjoram's are hardy perennials growing up to 2 ft (60 cm) high with a similar spread. Leaves and stems can be used to flavour a wide variety of dishes including Mediterranean and vegetable dishes. Caution, Marjoram should not be given to pregnant women in medicinal doses due to its uterine stimulants.

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Marjoram Herb Plants
Marjoram Herb Plants
Marjoram Herb Plants

MINTS

Mentha Mints (Black Peppermint, Lemon Mint, Apple Mint) and Indian Mint (Satureja)

Mint is the Spice of Life in Cooking, and they come in many flavours from the strong tasting and vigorous growing mints such as peppermint and spearmint to the milder and less vigorous (variegated) plants like lemon mint and apple mint.

They all have one thing in common; their roots are invasive so if they are not contained they will quickly spread to other parts of the garden where they are not wanted.

In The Kitchen

Add a few leaves of mint to the saucepan when boiling potatoes. Black Peppermint can also be used to add flavour to sweets, cakes, summer drinks and used to make tea. Lemon Mint can be used for refreshing teas and vinegars, and may be added to fruit salads, summer drinks and jellies.

Mint Seeds

Mints if they establish can be invasive (especially the more vigorous non variegated varieties) they spread by their root system so it's always a good practice to grow them in containers to prevent any unwanted spread.

Mint
Mint
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Mint Plants in My Garden
Mint Plants in My Garden
Mint Plants in My Garden

PARSLEY

A Sprig of Parsley Decorates Any Good Dish

Although Parsley is a biennial because the leaves become coarsen in the second year this plant is usually grown as an annual.

In the Kitchen

Salad dressing and as garnish in many cold and cooked dishes e.g. sprinkle a few sprigs of parsley on almost any prepared dish just before serving.

PARSLEY
PARSLEY

ROSMARINUS

A Trailing Form of Rosemary

Rosmarinus, native to the Mediterranean regions, is a small woody perennial herb with fragrant evergreen needle-like leaves.

Rosemary has many medicinal properties including use as an anti-depressive. However, using such herbs for medicinal purposes should be done so only after seeking medical advice from your doctor.

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Rosemary in a flower pot.Rosmarinus Officinalis (Miss Jessopp's Upright) with Alcea Rosea (Hollyhock) and poppies in the front garden.
Rosemary in a flower pot.
Rosemary in a flower pot.
Rosmarinus Officinalis (Miss Jessopp's Upright) with Alcea Rosea (Hollyhock) and poppies in the front garden.
Rosmarinus Officinalis (Miss Jessopp's Upright) with Alcea Rosea (Hollyhock) and poppies in the front garden.

SAGE

Evergreen, Aromatic, Shrubby Perennial

The Sage (great for flavouring food) is an evergreen shrubby perennial comes in many varieties, with a height of 2 ft (60 cm) and spread of up to 3 ft (90 cm). It makes an attractive addition to any garden border, patio container, flower bed or herb garden.

The picture below shows three varieties of Sage including Sage Icterina and Purple Sage.

In the Kitchen

Leaves are used for flavouring in stuffing and many other dishes such as cheese recipes and fatty meat dishes like sausages and pork etc.

Plant Care

The Sage Icterina (Salvia Officinalis Icterina) needs a warm and sunny site in well-drained soil. The Purple Sage will thrive in any well drained soil but prefers a sunny sheltered position.

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Sage in My Garden
Sage in My Garden
Sage in My Garden

SUNFLOWERS (Helianthus Annuus)

The Sunflower is an annual that can grow to 10 ft (3M) with very large flower heads (often the size of dinner plates). As well as an attractive feature in the garden that attracts bees the sunflower is popular the world over for its edible seeds for bird seeds, animal feed and human food.

In the Kitchen

Seeds collected in the autumn, when ripe are rich in vitamin E with antioxidant properties, and high in polyunsaturates, linoleic acid (needed for maintenance of cell membranes) etc. The seeds can be eaten fresh or roasted and used in salads or bakery products e.g. bread products.

As well as looking great in any garden and if you can extract the seeds a great source of notorious food the birds and bees love sunflowers. The bees for the nectar and the birds for the seeds; and in the case of our garden a particular favourite for the Robin as a perch when hunting for worms and other tasty insects in the garden; as the photo below shows. Robins being particularly friendly birds will hang around in the garden while you dig in the hope of you turning up a few worms for them, and in exchange are more than happy to pose for you to take their picture.

Although I originally introduced cultivated sunflowers from seedlings grown in the greenhouse to the garden and vegetable plot, which can be a trying time as snails and slugs love them until they become well established. Partly combated in my garden by organic gardening and the use of a wildlife pond to maximise the toad, frog and newt population; natural predators of slugs and snails worth encouraging. However, after a few years sunflowers started cultivating themselves naturally from seeds so now I encourage their growth in the vegetable garden as companion plants which work well in the grand scheme of things for my medieval style of gardening.

Plant Care

Sunflowers love full sun, some individual plants may need staking during windy periods.

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Yellow sunflower in my gardenBee on SunflowerThe Birds and the Bees love Sunflowers in the Garden.Robin on Sunflower Plant.
Yellow sunflower in my garden
Yellow sunflower in my garden
Bee on Sunflower
Bee on Sunflower
The Birds and the Bees love Sunflowers in the Garden.
The Birds and the Bees love Sunflowers in the Garden.
Robin on Sunflower Plant.
Robin on Sunflower Plant.

THYME

Thyme Doone Valley and Thyme Silver Posie

If you have time on your hands why not try your hands at growing and using some of these herbs.

Thyme is a hardy evergreen perennial. The varieties of Thyme pictured here grow from about 5 to 10 inches (12 cm to 25 cm) high with a spread of about 18 inches (45 cm).

Thyme can be used in cooking and medicinally as a tea makes an excellent remedy for sore throats and hangovers. To make a herb tea pour boiling water onto the leaves and leave for 15 minutes before draining off the resulting liquid and drinking. The heat can be maintained while the leaves are in soak by placing a saucer over the cup.

Do not take thyme medicinally when pregnant.

In the Kitchen

The pleasantly aromatic leaves are used as flavouring in savoury meat, soup and stew dishes and are often used as a primary flavour with lamb, tomatoes and eggs.

Plant Care

Any well drained soil in full sun, water well and keep moist until established.

THYME
THYME
Herbal Teas: 101 Nourishing Blends for Daily Health & Vitality
Herbal Teas: 101 Nourishing Blends for Daily Health & Vitality

A brilliant book with lots of good reviews packed with simple instructions and recipes giving detailed information on how to make a wide range of herbal teas, which herbs to use and their benefits.

 

Herbal Tea

Infusion of Herbal Leaves to Make Tea

Making Herbal tea is a simple process of: -

  • Collecting a small handful (often just a few leaves) of soft leaves from plants that are not toxic (poisonous) to humans e.g. herbs.
  • Placing the leaves in a container e.g. teapot, adding boiling water and covering the pot for a few minutes to allow the flavour and goodness to infuse from the leaves to the water.
  • Straining the leaves and drinking an enjoyable hot refreshing cup of herbal tea.

The length to infuse the drink before straining the leaves will be dependent on type of herb used, age of leaf and personal taste. The longer the leaves are left to infuse the stronger the resulting flavour e.g. infuses the leaves for anything from two minutes to 15 minutes. Some herbs, such as Dandelion and feverfew are bitter so optionally (as in medieval times) honey may be added to sweeten the taste.

Camomile is another herb that makes an excellent herbal tea but not all varieties of Camomile’s are suitable e.g. the lawn camomile pictured above. So when buying your camomile plant from the garden centre check beforehand what its properties are and whether it’s suitable for your requirements. Often, in a good garden centre the plant will be well labelled to tell you what it’s culinary and medicinal properties are.

It cannot be stressed strongly enough that many herbs have medicinal properties which may react with medicines, be harmful if taken in excess or if pregnant etc. If in doubt seek proper medical advice before using herbs.

Books and Variety Packs

Herbal recipe book with ingredients and advice to making your own herbal teas; may give remedies to ease common ailments; although herbal remedies should never be used as an alternative to conventional medicine and if you intend using herbs in conjunction with prescribed medication you should seek medical advice first. However, drinking herbal tea in moderation for an occasional drink can be very refreshing.

Lawn Camomile
Lawn Camomile

Nettle Soup

Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)

The stinging nettle is a herbaceous plant native to Europe, Asia, northern Africa and North America. And like the Dandelion is another common weed unwanted in most cultivated gardens

However, if you have the compulsion to pick the young leaves e.g. by wearing gloves and protective clothing to protect yourself from the sting then the stinging nettles have many uses. The process of cooking, crushing or chopping disables the stinging hairs on the nettle's leaves.

The nettle is used by many different cultures, and has been used as far back as ancient Greece, for a wide variety of purposes in herbal medicine and cooking. Stinging nettle leaves are high in nutrients, and the leaves can be mixed with other ingredients to create a soup rich in calcium and iron.

Historically, nettle soup was a good source of nutrients for people who lacked meat or fruit in their diets. The young leaves are edible and make a very good pot-herb. The nettle's leaves and flowers when dried can also be used to make a herbal tea.

However, because stinging nettles often grow in nitrogen-rich ground it often contains high concentrations of nitrates which can be converted in the digestive tract to carcinogenic nitrosamines and therefore should not be used for baby food.

Be Nice to Nettles
Take a look at the stinging nettle, its value to wildlife and its role in society, past and present

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      Arthur Russ 3 months ago from England

      Thanks to all for your comments. My favourite herb at the moment is Borage which self seeds itself in my vegetable garden each year; and the flowers make a great colourful addition to salads.

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      JimHofman 4 years ago

      A lot of good information and excellent photos. We are growing several herbs this year in containers...including mint. Learned the hard way awhile back just how invasive it can be.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would love to have a herb garden. The only thing I tried growing was cilantro or coriander. It flourished for a while and then all died. Have not tried my hand at anything after that. Your lens inspired me so maybe I might just do it again.

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      roseambrose 4 years ago

      I started growing herbs in my garden last year. Thanks to your lens I have some ideas of other herbs I can grow and their uses. Thanks for the tips

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Just getting started in my garden and your lens is inspirational, thanks for compiling.

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      laurenrich 4 years ago

      Thanks for a great lens. I am planning to start growing herbs this spring. Thanks for the tips and ideas.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      Very informative

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Beautiful and inspiring lens. I was thinking about staring an indoor herb garden, so you provided the needed impetus.

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      I love fresh herbs. Enjoyed your pictures!

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      Jackie Jackson 4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      I started growing herbs in my garden - in pots - about a year ago. Now, I wouldn't know what to do without them when I'm making dinner.

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      Hal Gall 4 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      Nothing like cooking with freshly picked herbs. Glad you added dandelions to the list. They get a bad rap sometimes.

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      RaintreeAnnie 4 years ago from UK

      Lovely page about herbs. I grow herbs in two raised beds near to our house, except for the mints which i grow in their own pots!! Love the photos- makes me want to get out there herb gardening- except its all snowy here now!

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      writerkath 4 years ago

      Great lens and AWESOME photos! :) I love my herbs, too!

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      Aquamarine18 4 years ago

      I love herbs, both growing them, stroking them so they spread their smell around and using them for cooking. Trouble is, after I plant them, I can never remember what they are and what I should use them for! I am bookmarking your lens for the great information!

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      GreenerDays 4 years ago

      I grow several herbs in pots on my back porch, but I'd love to grow even more!

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      LaurenIM 4 years ago

      I like gardens that serve a purpose like Herb gardens and grow aromatic and edible plants :)

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      GardenIdeasHub LM 4 years ago

      I can't wait to read more about herb garden. I will be back to see what else you have to say.

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      grannysage 4 years ago

      I have tried my hand at growing herbs with some moderate success. But I don't really have a green thumb so am in awe of people who have beautifully designed and thriving herb gardens.

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      Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

      I grow my own herbs and the love picking them right from my own garden while I am cooking.

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      Cara 4 years ago

      I enjoy pottering in my herb garden.

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      alaiamax lm 5 years ago

      I only have two herbs in my garden. the pandan and ginger. Great lens! Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a very small herb garden with plants such as lavander, tarragon, melissa, peppermint and rhubarb. Gardening can be really fun and very interesting for the children.

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      getstuffed 5 years ago

      thanks for the angel blessing, yes rosemary and thyme

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      Gayle Dowell 5 years ago from Kansas

      I've been able to visit an herbal clinic in Africa where the nurse there uses many of the herbs listed as well as others to create many different things. Great lens. I'm planning on growing herbs in my garden next spring. Your list will come in handy.

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      malena10 5 years ago

      Just one for now, on my balcony

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I am hoping to have my own herb garden as soon as the temperatures cool down a bit! Blessed!

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      Arthur Russ 5 years ago from England

      @julieannbrady: Thanks for your comments, I love sunflowers too; perhaps next year when you get an early start in the garden the weather will be more suitable for growing them.

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      I'd love to grow my own herb garden. I just started planting today in my new open space out back. I wanted to do sunflowers, but the heat is too much for them now.

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      KandDMarketing 5 years ago

      Great lens, good info. There are a few herbs here that will likely make their way into our herb garden soon.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 5 years ago from Northern California

      Hoping to add more to the herbs this year as I study more about using them.

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      gemjane 5 years ago

      I enjoy growing herbs. Even if I don't use some of them much, I love to smell them!

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      RinchenChodron 5 years ago

      I love flowers, herbs and essential oils for cooking and healing. Nice lens.

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      BuddyBink 5 years ago

      I knew about most of the well known herbs and their uses but, I did not know about nettles. Now I do, thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      beautifully put together article, enjoyed seeing this.

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      Johanna Eisler 5 years ago

      I've wanted to grow herbs for a very long time. Hopefully in the spring . . .

      Congratulations on making the front page!

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      kal313 5 years ago

      I like this lens very much. I have always wanted to use dandelion, but fear residual pesticides in fields that they grow in. We have a large area of natural grass that my husband (he's not on the organic train all the way, yet) sprays a couple times a year. I do have several "organic" beds and a large vegetable garden, though. Also wondering if you ever use "lambs quarter" (sp)?

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      GaelicForge 5 years ago

      Herbs blend into the garden alongside ornamentals in order to make a harmonious environment.

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      deckdesign 5 years ago

      I love cooking with fresh herbs and I will be referring to this lens a lot.

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      megabu717 5 years ago

      Nice lens, I love fresh herbs. Thnks for sharing.

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      Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      @emmajowebster: I love the idea...but may not be able to wait for the flowers.

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      Stephanie Tietjen 5 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico

      Nice lens and topic. I love herbs

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      How excellent, I loved my walk through your herb garden...blessed and congratulations on receiving front page honors!

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      emmajowebster 5 years ago

      we often put borage flowers in our gin and tonics!

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      KamalaEmbroidery 5 years ago

      Nice lens. I just moved and am thinking about starting an herb garden in the spring. But I'm not sure I have enough sun. I always used to grow herbs.

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      victoriuh 5 years ago

      Great topic! I love reading about different herbs.

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      myamya 5 years ago

      Thanks for posting nice lens!

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Nice lens.

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      miaponzo 5 years ago

      I have grown herbs in the past, but not these days :) You really need to keep up on them! Blessed!

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      Lindrus 5 years ago

      Seems wonderful to have a herb garden. Right now I have to make do with some basil on the windowsill.

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      Heather Burns 5 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Amazing!

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      Trulee Ann 6 years ago from Arkansas City, Kansas

      Great sharing!

      I use fresh herbs every day!

      Osiyo.........Blessings....Annlee

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      Vicki Green 6 years ago from Wandering the Pacific Northwest USA

      What a lovely herb garden you have. I enjoyed the information about some of the medicinal uses of herbs. Blessed by a Squid Angel

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      JaneRobbins 6 years ago

      Nice lens! I just love it! It really caught my interest! I have mine too so you can kindly check it out! Patio Herb Garden. Thanks!

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      Love the use of the diphthong in 'mediaeval' - tradition is not dead - bully for you!

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      WriterBuzz 6 years ago

      Nice lens. I gave you a thumbs up, and hope that you continue to build lenses. I just made one Migraine Headaches that might interest you. Leave me a comment if you surf on by....

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      Nan 7 years ago from London, UK

      A lovely introduction to some common herbs.

      Added to "Another 100 Lenses for my 200th Lens"

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      poppy mercer 7 years ago from London

      lovely lens; lensrolled to my lavender growing lens and favourited. 5*

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      GeothermalVids 8 years ago

      Cool lens! Thanks for all the tips and recipes.

      Bill

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      AppalachianCoun 8 years ago

      Awesome lens. We grow very few herbs, but we think that will change next year. Thank-you for the great info. 5 stars*****

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      Arthur Russ 8 years ago from England

      [in reply to whitemoss] Lovage is one herb we haven't tried in the garden yet although we are always experimenting.

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      Sue Dixon 8 years ago from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK

      Great lens! I've just started a herb garden lens- I've got a lot of work to do on it! Do you grow lovage? Its the only herb I have you've not mentioned!

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      JenOfChicago LM 8 years ago

      Great lens - this all looks delicious!

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      religions7 8 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

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      RobinForlongePa 8 years ago

      Another splendid lens from you, Sir!

      My wife grows several herbs in tubs or pots near the kitchen. (She's in charge of that sort of thing - and does it very well.) So I can't really vote for any of the offered options!

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      StephanieB-Writer 8 years ago

      Cute cat! Good info and kudos on the warnings.

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      Susanna Duffy 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      A beautiful lens (love the contented tortoiseshell) really well done. What more could anyone want? Lots of info, good links a great resouce. Blessed by an angel today

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      WhitneySegura LM 8 years ago

      Great lense, I have bookmarked it and will be back soon. If you get a second you should check out these cool Mini Greenhouses they have all kinds of great gardening supplies

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      Sniff It Out 8 years ago

      Nice and informative lens, I grow a few herbs in a half barrel on the patio but I wish I had the space for more. 5*****

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      This is my first visit to Squidoo. Im a Herbalist and I think your page is great! You have certainly put a lot of effort into it. Congratulations, Patrick

      http://www.home-herb-garden.com

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      OldGrampa 8 years ago

      Well done! You really have a lot of great info about herbs and their uses here. I have studied and used herbs for years

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      Tigga 8 years ago

      If I find a dandelion plant in the garden, I transplant it to a special bed. It never gets the chance to seed, the flowers get picked for wine.

      You have created a great lens - I have featured it on http://www.squidoo.com/organic-food-gardening.

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      Susanna Duffy 8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I keep meaning to get into nettles. (I'm wondering if the correct nettle even grows where I live) 5* for making me promise myself to search for nettles tomorrow

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      healthadvisor1 9 years ago

      Very informative.

      Great lens. Rated it 5 stars.

      Feel free to visit betterhealth Care.

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      Laraine Sims 9 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      I have at least a dozen herb plants growing in my garden every year. Many of these are in pots which I can move into the kitchen when the weather gets too cold. Thanks for the review. 5 star lens. Very, very nice.

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      SPF 9 years ago

      Wow. What a fantastic lens! Thanks for leaving a comment on my cake lens!

      Happy gardening!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      I would love to have a kitchen garden right outside my back door like my grandmother had. The vegitable garden was past the orchard but her herbs were close at hand. They went from the garden straight into the pot.

      Thanks for the memories.

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      Tiddledeewinks LM 9 years ago

      Here I am again checking out this wonderful lens! I love gardens and animals!

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      LeslieBrenner 9 years ago

      Lots of herby goodness! 5 stars. Just wish I had something larger than a NYC balcony.

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      Tiddledeewinks LM 9 years ago

      Nice lens, and cute cat pic! Check out my new lens on garden catalogs! www.squidoo.com/seed-and-garden-supply-catalogs

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      poutine 9 years ago

      Good info on herbs. Nice picture.

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      mari1 lm 9 years ago

      I often wondered about "nettle soup"(having come from English ancestors), but I was afraid to ask lest I be served some! Thanks for the info.

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      Winson 10 years ago

      Good lens with more info. on herbs. 5 star.

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Thank you for stopping by my lens Live Streaming Video. You have a great lens too with lots of good info. 5 Stars from me!

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      teamlane 10 years ago

      Very nice lens on herbs. Very thorough.

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      SPF 10 years ago

      Another great lens. Welcome again!!