The Goodness of
Organic Herbs

Organic herbs are chock-full of healthy benefits for your kitchen and garden. Most herbs are simple to grow plus they have many hidden talents.

Plant herbs along borders, in a special herb garden or in any odd space you have. Herbs will thrive in container gardens on the doorstep, patio or balcony. This way you can experiment a little and control their habitat. Herbs are also a wonderful choice to use for organic indoor gardening, in pots on sunny windowsills.

Organic herbs can be used fresh, dried or frozen to add flavor to every recipe, or made into fragrant potpourris and sachets. But to the organic gardener, their usefulness goes far beyond good taste.

Is There a Secret to
Growing Organic Herbs?

Not at all. To really learn about herb gardening is to understand how nature works, and observe how herbs would grow if left in their natural habitat.

When we get close enough to copying the way nature intended our herbs and vegetables to grow, we begin to know what organic gardening is all about. In fact, herbs are very utilitarian in the garden.

For instance, herbs are wonderful for attracting pollinating insects. The decorative pink flowers of thyme attract bees and other insets that are necessary for the pollination of border plants and fruit. Sage and hyssop work well for this too. This is companion planting, a strong feature of organic gardening.

Organic Herbs Make Good Companions

Certain plants help one another flourish. Companion planting promotes healthy growth and reduces pests. Organic herbs make excellent companion plants for vegetables and fruit. By knowing what each plant prefers, organic gardening becomes an amazing circle of growth and harvest.

Basil repels mosquitoes and flies. Basil as a companion plant is especially helpful to the growth and flavor of tomatoes and asparagus, but not snap beans or cabbage. You’ll want to plant mint near cabbage as an organic pesticide. Mint also keeps away mice. Thyme keeps worms from invading cabbage.

Chives, relatives of the onion, act as a natural pesticide. Organic gardeners will plant chives in their flower garden to repel bugs from flowers and rose bushes. Elderberry and caraway are great for breaking down soil and compost. The list goes on… because it’s Nature at its best!

Learn About Herb Gardening

Learn how to grow your own organic herbs, and discover the many types and uses of these wonderful plants.


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