About Herb Gardens – Overview
So, herb gardens are generally marked off areas of your garden that is devoted to growing herbs and maybe spices – a specific group of plants.
These areas of the garden may be informal patches of plants, or they can be individually designed, sometime gardeners like to arrange the plants in a way which forms specific patterns, as in a knot garden.
About Herb gardens may be purely functional, or they may include a blend of functional and ornamental plants. The herbs are usually used in home cooking, but they may also be used in other ways, such as medicinally, discouraging pests from the garden, providing nice smells. You can also make use of raised beds for your herb garden.
A kitchen garden can be created by planting different herbs in pots or containers, an approach which will allow you to move the herbs about during the year or as the mood takes you. Although not all herbs will thrive in pots or containers, some herbs do better than others. Mint is an example of an herb that is advisable to keep in a container or it will take over the whole garden.
Herbs often have multiple uses, and I like to cover these in my books about herbs, which I am adding to each few months
For example, garlic may be used for cooking, health, and pest control. Examples of herbs and their uses (not intended to be complete):
- Annual culinary herbs: basil, dill.
- Perennial culinary herbs: mint, rosemary, thyme, tarragon
- Herbs dried and used for potpourri: lavender, lemon verbena
- Herbs that can be used for tea: mint, lemon verbena, chamomile, ginger, peppermint.
Check out my series on herbs and spices, available on amazon – my latest is a 3-in featuring all you need to know and enjoy growing and eating garlic, ginger and chives.