Herbs can be a favorite of many gardeners.
Herbs can be grown any time of year indoors with proper lighting and growing conditions. Outdoor herb gardens are usually started once the fear of frost is gone. Some can be grown from seeds and others do best when started outside as rooted plants.
Many are easy to grow and some varieties require only minimal upkeep with just occasional weeding and watering in drought conditions. For example, mint and many types of oregano will completely take over more than their share of garden space without much care.
Themed herb gardens like pizza or salad gardens are fun and useful to have around the home. However, to go beyond the basic check out the following ideas for some herb gardens done differently.
An interesting version of an herb garden is to grow herbs that can be used in cocktails.
Excellent recommendations are available from the Drunken Botanist Plant Collection. This compilation of different herbs that work together in cocktails, beverages and other recipes is inspiring.
The farmer’s market vodka garden, rum garden and several other ideas for planting cocktail herbs are provided. Also, drinkable herbs like licorice mint and pineapple sage can be used to blend into beverages.
Check out this berry patch that is the basis for a cocktail that uses mint to enhance the drink:
Another option for a themed herb garden is to plant scented geraniums, thyme, chamomile or comfrey for blending homemade teas.
For a different spin on the culinary, consider growing medicinal herbs. Many are known for their healthful and restorative properties, so having them on hand in the garden can offer some at home care. Don’t use herbs in replacement of necessary medical care, and be sure to check with a doctor if there are any questions or concerns.
Herbs like rosemary, peppermint and eucalyptus have calming properties. Fennel and parsley can help with blood flow, and can even be used as natural breath mints. Valerian root and chamomile are said to help with sleep.
Additionally, aromatic herbs can be used around the house for freshening and aromatherapy. Choices like mints, sage and lavender are fragrant go-tos.
The Drunken Botanist also refers to a long titled book published in 1858 by Lewis Feuchtwanger that looks at how herbal concoctions were used eras ago. It is available as an archived copy and a free Google eBook.
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