Hey! Happy Friday everyone!
So I could have sworn that I saw a thread somewhere about commonly used herbs that everyone grows but I can't seem to find it. I want to have herbs for culinary (and medical/other) purposes. I have a book that lists multiple uses for many herbs, some of which I've never even heard of!
Here's a list of what seeds I have already:
Catmint (to go in a large pot)
Spearmint (also going in a pot)
Italian Parsley (to be planted in the ground and in a pot for winter use)
Lime Basil (to be planted in the ground and in a pot for winter use)
What other seeds would you recommend when space isn't an issue? I know that Fennel needs to be kept away from Dill and Chives, and that anything in the mint family will take over a garden. Do you have any other tips that are important?
Along with all of the above (except I have lemon basil not lime), I grow
green basil, red basil, sometimes purple basil, oregano, sage, anise hyssop, lemon balm, yarrow, tansy, vervain, st john's wort, calendula (pot marigold), bee balm, sweet woodruff. (not always clear what counts as an herb... since you listed chives, I'm also growing onions and garlic). I have rosemary seed planted right now, but rosemary is tricky for me to overwinter, so some years I have some and some years I don't. I have on order a plant of hardy Rosemary Madeline Hill, which is supposed to survive my winters. Hope it does!
I absolutely would not do without the oregano, sage, anisse hyssop, lemon balm and bee balm. But the lemon balm is another of the mint family ones that should be grown in a pot. It's becoming quite a nuisance in my yard since I didn't do that.
I am growing borage again this year. I did it a couple years ago, planted in the bed with my tomatoes, since besides attracting bees, it is reputed to keep tomato hornworms away. HOWEVER, I ended up pulling it out and composting it, because it became huge and weedy and was taking over the bed. I didn't let it go to seed, but it is also reputed to self-seed profusely. I am trying it again this year, but will not put it in with the tomatoes and will keep it deadheaded.