Herbs and Herb Gardens

Whether you cook with them, use them for medicinal purposes, bug control in your garden or just like the way they smell.
They are fairly easy to grow, inside or outside. They do well in window pots, container gardens or along side your vegetables. I will say unless you want them to over run everything…keep them contained.
Kids and cats love to touch them and release their scent.
My cat Bella Lagossi loves to walk through the lavender. The scent rises in the air and clings to her fur. The kids trail their fingers through it as they walk by. I clip it and wrap it in tissue and place it in drawers or cut it for a vase. You can also cook with it and make tea.
When I was stationed in California and the twins were little, along the sidewalk I planted a “Touch Garden”. I encouraged the kids and their friends to touch it, pick some to take home. They liked to pull the weeds and grass in it. It was full of all kinds of herbs and scented plants.
Mints come in a variety of flavors and scents. **Peppermint, Spearmint, Apple Mint, Pineapple Mint, Chocolate Mint, Orange Mint, Lavender Mint.
Lemon scents come in many forms. **Lemon Verbena, Lemongrass, Lemon Balm, Lemon Mint, Lemon Catmint, Lemon Basil, Lemon Thyme, Lemon Scented Geraniums.
I loved the scented Geraniums. I could grow them outside all year long in California. Here if you grow them in a pot just bring them inside. And oh the many scents you can get. **Almond, Apple, Apricot, Rose, Chocolate Mint, Cinnamon, Citronella (good to keep the mosquitoes away), Vanilla, and Strawberry just to name a few.
Rosemary, Basil, Thyme, Sage they have that great earthy scent. Use them when you cook meat. Flavor what you use to cook with, such as butter, oil and salt.

There is so much you can do with them and so many ways to grow them. If you have never had fresh herbs growing at your house I encourage you to pick a couple and give it a try.

Check out my link on the next page for tons of ideas.
Have fun and let it grow.

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