Herbs, Herbs and more Herbs!

This might possibly be the longest Herb post in history. Not only am I going to spotlight my herb garden but I am going to show you a great book and craft too!

So, to make this a little easier. I will post in three sections [1] My herb garden [2] A great resource book [3] Garden craft.

1. The Herb Garden


This is ~ 3 weeks of growth. God has been good to my little garden. I planted MINT, BASIL, PARSLY, STEVIA, ROSEMARY, LAVENDER & CILANTRO.  I just wish I had read this book before I planted this garden. You see, my MINT is over taking my garden and had I read this book, I would have known this was going to happen. So today, I am going to dig up my mint and plant it in a container. One last thing, deer. I have a deer problem and my yard is their favorite snack bar. If you have a deer problem, be sure to read this book. As you can see, the deer have stayed away (knock on wood). I just love Storey Publishing. They publish the best informative books!

My natural-alternative deer deterrent. Be sure to read this book.

2. The Book

by Charles W. G. Smith
ISBN: 978-1-60342-528-5

This book spares no punches. Right away in the introduction the author is quick to discuss - Where to Plant the herbs, Tending/Attending, How Many Plants you Will Need and Harvesting.  Make sure to pay special attention to the Garden Hun section. Hence, my MINT debacle.

The next section of this fantastic book talks about 26 herbs. I like how the author devotes a few pages to each herb, discussing in detail the species, how to grow it, harvesting, planning & quantity and most importantly uses.

The book concludes with a "Herbs at a Glance" chart that makes a good reference for planning your garden.  You can see a detailed video review here.

3. The Craft


These have been all over blog land. I had so much fun making these labels for my garden.  I bought my silverware from the Dollar Store and Walmart (2 for $1).  My stamping set came from Harbor Freight. I bought the 1/8 & 1/4 sizes. This was not the easiest craft for me. I had trouble hitting the stamp with the hammer hard enough to leave a good stamped letter. Sometimes my stamp would move around and cause a "stutter" look in my letters. I finally had to say..."good enough" and call it a day. I used a black Sharpie to shade in the letters and then wiped it off. Be sure to hammer out the silverware nice and flat before stamping. These bloggers did it best: DesignSponge, ApartmentTherapy, BunnyTales (How To).

Here are my tools

Happy Herb Gardening!


Erin said...

Your herb garden looks awesome, and your markers came out wonderful. My cilantro is just starting to come up, but I'm very excited! I love seeing your garden pics!

katherinemarie said...

HERB-a-licious!!!! I don't have a green thumb and feel pretty helpless in my overgrown garden. Would you like to come and play? :)

JoAnn said...

For some reason, my pot of chives survived the brutal winter here and it is huge. Best of all, it has flowers....beautiful purple ones.

Yesterday I chopped up 5 of the flowers and made chive blossom butter. YUMMMM

Unknown said...

Herbal plants used in the Ayurvedic system of medicine are facing extinction.
Definite cause of concern, as Ayurveda is increasingly being used around the world to treat various disorders such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes, ulcers and many others.

Some herbs that have been identified are - Ulteria salicfolia, Hydnocarpus pentandra, Gymnocladus assamicus, and Begonia tessaricarpa.

Conservation of traditional herbs and plants should become a high priority for all. Challenge
becomes more severe as many of these herbs grow in the wild and are not cultivated.

Planet Green (a discovery.com venture) reported on this earlier this month.

More details on the Ayurveda Group blog (http://www.ayurvedagroup.com/blog)

Direct link to the blog post

Link to planet green site

Scientific Housewife said...

What a great post! A vegetable garden is first on our list (thanks to the book I won from you!) but herbs will be next and this excites me!

Megan/Brassy Apple said...

darling craft to add to the garden. Have never tried stamping....hmmmmm. Love the look!!

I bet the garden smells wonderful! The new house came with a small patch of mint growing! love how it smells!

Simple Daisy said...

I love fresh herbs!!!! Cute craft idea too:)