Wouldn't you love to
stroll through this
garden?All I have this year is rosemary, sage, lavender, echinacea, cilantro, dill, oregano and chamomile. Love my herbs.
I still have some "babies" in my window ~ using plastic baggies over the starter pots as mini hot houses. But after I write this, I'm going to transplant them into my cute little herb baskets that I found at Wal Mart, and set them on my porch. I still want a strawberry pot, but none were around when/where I was looking this year.
Another idea that I LOVE is to use an old wagon wheel for herb garden sections. Isn't that cute?
I am a sucker for books on herbs, essential oils and home rememdies, so on one of my weekly visits to my favorite bulk food store a while back, I picked up a sweet little book called, "The Beauty of Herbs" by Jessica Dorfsmith. The best part: it's written from a Christian viewpoint.
Her first rule for using herbs states: "Carefully avoid New Age or witchcraft influences sometimes associated with herbs. Accept herbs for what they are: a gift from God for the benefit of man, to be properly used and never abused." Amen, sister!
So much of her philosophy and uses of herbs are very similar to mine, even some of her recipes are almost identical. Something that she writes about are "Theme Gardens." A small patch with herbs that meet specific needs ~ I've done that and it's my favorite way to plan. Another thing I want to get back to next year.
This is what Jessica has to say about them . . .
Herbs planted in separate small gardens, each with its own theme, is gardening at its best! It's also good for the beginning herb gardener, preventing confusion between culinary and medicinal herbs . . . The following ideas are simply that: ideas! Use them as a springboard to get your imagination running. Choose herbs that do best in your climate, suit your family's medicinal needs, and please your eyes and taste buds.
TEA-TIME GARDEN ~
Lemon balm Catnip
Lemon thyme Fennel
Lime and Lemon Basil Bergamot
CULINARY HERB GARDEN ~
IMMUNE-BUILDER GARDEN ~
Peppermint Lemon Balm
These are just a few of her ideas. I'm looking forward to using some of these ideas next year.
What do you like to plant?
Blessings from Ohio . . . Kim<><