10 Must Have Herbs For Your Edible Garden

growing herbs

growing herbsHerbs are one of the most valuable additions to any edible garden.

You can grow herbs for culinary purposes, or for their medicinal properties. Herbs are also wonderful grown as a ground cover or as shrubs to fill in spaces in your gardens.

Deciding which herbs to grow is sometimes the hardest part though. There are literally hundreds to choose from. The best place to start is to choose the herbs you use regularly in your cooking, or for any medicinal or cosmetic purposes.

You might just want some fresh mint, thyme or basil for your cooking.

Perhaps you like a sip of herbal tea and want to grow your own organic herbs especially for your brew?

Or maybe you want to start creating your own beauty products, using only natural ingredients?

If you’re still stuck for inspiration, let me give you somewhere to take off from with this list of 10 Must Have Herbs for your edible garden:

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Saving Seeds From The Onion Family

Saving Onion Seeds

One of the greatest thrills we get in our edible garden, apart from the obvious produce, is using seeds from last seasons crop (or the seasons before) to grow more produce.

Seed saving is a great way to keep growing the fruit and vegetables that you have enjoyed most, preserve heirloom lineage and save on constantly buying new seed.

Saving seed is easy and without a whole lot of effort, you can end up with lots of free seeds for planting in seasons to come. Or to trade or give away to friends and family.

In this Seed Saving series you will get instructions on how to save all sorts of seeds to stock up your seed supply.

Saving Seeds From Onions and Chives

We have a couple of lovely Chive plants in our garden, and every year they do us proud with lots of green, fresh and tasty leaves.

Because we enjoy Chives on all sorts of different kinds of foods, we want to keep our supply going and so, when our Chives go to seed, we let them drop the seeds so that we get new plants.

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Mint Sauce Recipe

how to grow mint

Mint sauce is a firm favourite in our house. A lamb dinner just isn’t the same without it.

Following on from yesterday’s post about our bi-annual herb refurb, I had a couple of requests to post the Mint sauce recipe I follow to use up the excess Mint growing in the garden.

Mint sauce is incredibly easy to make and the home made stuff tastes so much better than store bought.

And it keeps well so you can make a large batch and store it in the fridge.

We currently have a 4 litre mason jar full of Mint Sauce in our fridge right now so I won’t need to make any for a while.

Which is lucky given the current state of our Mint patch.

So, here’s the recipe I use for Mint Sauce.

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Mint Refurbishment

how to grow mint

Things have got a little out of hand in the Mint department. Our Mint patch is looking rather unruly right now which means it’s time for the bi-annual herb refurb. Every Autumn and early Summer our Mint patch gets a good haircut …

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Rhubarb And Mint Jelly

Take 1kg of homegrown Rhubarb

And 1 cup of water.

Bring to the boil and then simmer for 10 minutes, stirring every now and then.

Strain through sieve, jelly bag or cheesecloth.

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