Herbal Garden Plants – 3 Great Ways to Use Them

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There are many different types of herbal garden plants available for you to use in creating delicious meals. Herbal plants make a great edible, aromatic and natural decoration for your home or garden. The best part about herbal gardening is that you don’t have to know anything about gardening to grow these plants. Herbs can be grown from seed, purchased as starter plants or directly from the garden center. Many herb garden seeds are also very fragrant, so they’re a perfect way to add fragrance to your home. When you grown herb garden plants at home, it’s important to carefully consider where the various plants will be located.

An Overview

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Some common herbs grown at home include basil, mint, Rosemary, oregano and parsley. All these herbs can be used to flavor foods, but each herb has different uses. Mint and Rosemary are best used fresh, while thyme and oregano are best dried. When purchasing these plants or seeds, it is important to check how much of the plant you are getting. For example, if you only buy half of a plant, you won’t have enough leaves to use when cooking.

There are other types of herb garden plants available as well, such as chervil, sage, tarragon, oregano and thyme. These are also excellent to use in cooking, but they do better when they are used whole. Other herbs such as chervil, lemon balm and mint are excellent for making teas and jellies. Sage and tarragon can be used as spice. When purchasing seeds, you will want to carefully read the instructions. Many seed packets will tell you how much of a certain species to get per packet.

Herbal Garden Plants

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One of the most popular herbal garden plants for culinary use is yarrow. It can be used both as a spice and as a garnish for fish, meat and poultry. Because it has an aromatic, floral flavor, many people choose to grow this plant for its foliage. Others like to use thyme cook in a salad, add it to soups or stews and use it to make vinaigrette dressing.

Lavender is another one of the more popular culinary herbs. The lavender plant, which is native to southern Europe, is also grown in Mediterranean countries, Asia and Africa. In the United States, you can find it in a number of places, from your local nursery to online retailers. Lavender is often used in sweetener and as a fragrance ingredient in many recipes, including those that involve orange, lemon, mint or lime flavors.

Not everyone enjoys the flavor of the plant, however; it is best left in the ground to take its course. Popular gardeners sometimes like to boil the yellow root in water, but you have to do this with care. The yellowroot is a delicate plant and can be damaged by over boiling. For safe boiling, leave the roots on the earth for a few minutes before taking them out of the water. You should not use soap when boiling the yellowroot, as the leaves can become slimy when boiled.

Bottom Line

To avoid the danger of damaging your plants, try not to prune young stems or white flowers. If you do, the plant may not produce any new leaves and will instead shrink back to the original size. Some bulbs, such as the sunflowers or milkweed, will cause damage to your plants if they are pruned, so it is best to wait until they have flowered to minimize any potential harm. Wait until the plants have flowered completely before trimming them back.

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