I mentioned in a previous post that I’d like to grow herbs in our yard for culinary and medicinal use. I find herbs really neat. I think they have a lot more value and use than most people realize, and I’ve definitely seen my body respond very well to echinacea, goldenseal, garlic, cayenne, ginger root, chamomile, and mint. I have a whole lot to learn though.
While ordering some heirloom vegetable seeds for the garden, I started reading about the herb seeds My Patriot Supply had to offer as well, and some of their descriptions and uses. You could say I got slightly carried away. I think sometimes I go on these tangents of learning about a new topic… what can I say? I like learning and the internet makes it so easy.
So, I ended up ordering a ton of herb seeds to try growing and using, in addition to the book Rosemary Gladstar’s Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health. I liked the book, although I’d like to read some others to compare information. Hers seems a little more focused on recipes using herbs (I know, I should have gotten that from the title), but I’d also like to have a reference book with just a simple explanation of each herb and what it’s good for (which hers also includes, but didn’t have every herb I had bought). I’m not convinced I’ll get around to making fancy herb concoctions and teas that often with her recipes. But maybe someday.
I still have this goal/dream/idea that at some point I’ll plant a ton of herbs together somewhere in the yard and it will be a beautiful spattering of wild flowers and amazing scents… but for now (and since winter is approaching) I just planted some echinacea, chamomile, and borage in an old plastic planter that the previous owner of this house left behind :). But I love the idea of planting some useful herb plants that flower among your landscaping–not only pretty (like the echinacea a.k.a. purple coneflower above), but also practical!
Here’s a not-so-great picture of my borage seeds sprouting up. They look happy 🙂