Friday, May 25, 2012
I have to admit that I love herbs. They spice up foods deliciously, they make drinks more delectable, they have health benefits galore, and most have fragrances that delight the nasal palate. Add to this the fact that they are very attractive plants and you have a most dynamic combo. Did I mention that many of them are highly attractive to butterflies and bees too? I've just got to have them!
Many of the herbs in my yard are planted in this 4 x 4 raised bed. At the back are Lemon verbena, common sage, French lavender, and Genovese Basil. Just in front of the Lemon verbena is a Cinnamon Basil. In the front are Lemon Basil, Pineapple sage, and oregano. Raised beds are a good bet for herbs in the Southeast because they offer well-drained soil which is essential for many herbs that originate in the dry soils of the Mediterranean region. I have plans to finish filling out this bed in the future. I definitely don't have enough basil!
Some other herbs that I have planted around my yard are bronze fennel, dill, rosemary, parsley, garlic chives, and onion chives. In containers I have chocolate mint, spearmint, and lemon balm. There are so many myriad uses for these herbs that I could literally have a blog entry for each one - any maybe I will in the future. For those of you that want a quick start, then I recommend basil, rosemary, and any of the mints. These plants are practically unkillable. In fact, don't plant mint where you don't want it to take over. Rosemary thrives on neglect, as long as it is in full sun. Basil grows like a weed and is delicious. Get started in herbs and you'll never be able to stop.