What Every Herb Gardner Should Know About Herb Garden Plants

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What Every Herb Gardner Should Know About Herb Garden Plants

Herb garden plants are amazingly versatile in their uses. Most often, we think of them as seasonings to add flavor and interest to our meals, or as a dried potpourri for decoration and adding subtle fragrance to a room. However, they are also used as natural treatments for various illnesses, as sleep aids, insect repellents, incense, and as additives in shampoos, conditioners, soaps, hand and body lotions, and many cosmetics.

Before you can intelligently choose which herbs to plant in your own private garden, you should know the attributes of the most common ones:

*Arugula– An aromatic salad green which is used often in Italian cuisine
* Basil– Great in salads, sauces, and on pizza. There are several varieties of basil, and the sweet basil is used most often for cooking, while Genovese is known best for its sweet smell.
* Chives– Bright green with the flavor of mild onions, it adds flavor to sauces, salads, soups, egg dishes, cream cheese and sour cream. It is also used as a garnish.
* Cilantro– Resembling parsley, but with a strongtaste, it is used most commonly in Mexican, Indian, and Asian dishes.
* Cumin– Fragrant, fern-like leaves that are ground and used mostly in Mexican and Italian dishes.
* Dill– A tall herb that is fragrant, ornamental, and delicious. It makes great pickles, and adds a fresh flavor to fish and vegetable dips.
* Garlic-Very easy to plant and grow, it can be used on everything, and purports to have good medicinal value as well.
* Oregano– Intense flavor, spicy scent, and used freely in both Greek and Italian cooking.
* Parsley– A small bushy annual, with bright green color, that is used to color sauces, add fresh flavor, and as a beautiful garnish for platters, soups, vegetables, etc.
* Rosemary– A highly perfumed herb, it grows as high as 6′, makes a great container plant, and is found in breads, potato and meat dishes, and is used for garnish.
* Sage– A soft gray leaf that is used mostly in stuffing and sausage preparations.
* Sweet Marjoram– A bit like a mild form of oregano, and sweetly aromatic, this herb is used in sauces, stews, soups, and to season meats and vegetables.
* Tarragon– Two feet tall, with narrow leaves, this plant has a licorice taste to it.
* Thyme– A small upright plant that is found in every English garden, and used mostly to flavor meats and stews.

These are only the most common of the spices used in cooking. There are many more. Ginseng, cannabis, quince, lemon grass, Echinacea, foxglove, chamomile, and so many more are used for medicinal purposes by herbologists.

When choosing your herb garden plants, consider climate, soil acidity, moisture, sunlight, location, and what purpose you are growing them for, and you will end up with a beautiful, aromatic, and useful garden. Having them near the kitchen door makes it delightfully easy to pinch off a sprig of this or that to season your meals perfectly.

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