Herbs suit every garden. They even manage to turn a windowsill into a garden. Heat, no problem. Cold, that’s fine too. Dry, wet, sandy or clay infested soil - you’ll find herbs that survive and even thrive.
Besides their hardiness, there are scores of reasons to love herbs. They spice up your meals, attract beneficial insects, repel or act as sacrificial plants to protect valuable plants from pests, sooth a headache, provide a ready cuppa for that friend that eschews caffeine! And they somehow manage all this heavy lifting without losing any of their loveliness. In fact, the more you pick your herbs, the healthier the plant becomes. How’s that for a neat trick?
A few of my favourite herbs include: Basil (Thai Basil is a perennial) - it enhances many cooked meals but also is wonderful raw on a bruschetta or a salad; Sage - two leaves covered in hot water make a soothing tea that dampens sore throats and mouth ulcers; Lemongrass - it’s a decorative, tall, clumping grass plus the base of the stalks tang up a stir fry; Oregano - it becomes a living mulch beating out even the most stubborn weeds and it’s essential in any spag bol. As I said, scores of reasons.
Why not try growing a few more herbs yourself? I’m sure none of you have every variety in your garden yet and I’m also sure you can find just enough space to squeeze in one more.
The next MTGC meeting is on March 3rd when a guest speaker will discuss organic gardening products.