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ANGIE'S HERB PICKS FOR THE UPCOMING GARDENING SEASON

Posted on March 8, 2011 at 2:02 PM
Purple Hollyhock:  stunningly beautiful, has edible flowers that grace the top of a cake quite nicely
Tulsi (aka Holy or Sacred Basil):  much easier to grow than regular basil, has strong medicinal properties, revered in India by the spiritual community
Nasturtium:  super easy to grow & germinates quickly, has bright cheery flowers that are spicy & delicious in salads, leaves are also edible
Red Bergamot:  has hot pink flowers that smell & taste gorgeous, leaves & flowers may be added to black tea to give an earl grey-like flavour
Horehound:  leaves have a very interesting texture, can be made into delicious lozenges to treat coughs
Luffa:  yes, like the sponges!  A friend of mine successfully grew & dried her own luffas & they look just like store-bought ones!
Chocolate Mint:  need I say more??
Nigella:  very easy to grow, has very beautiful alien-like blue flowers that can be dried & applied to herbal wreaths, has edible seeds
Perilla (aka Shiso or Japanese Basil):  easy to grow, a delicious addition to sushi & salads, an often effective treatment for seasonal allergies

Happy Seed Hunting! 

Categories: Herb Gardening

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513 Comments

Reply jodi (bloomingwriter)
8:25 PM on March 8, 2011 
Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging, oh wise herbalist! Love your selections, and it wasn't until a couple of weeks ago that I learned that nigella, which I grow all the time, has edible seeds; found that out through Costas the herb guy at Brewery Market.
Reply Angie "Oriana" Jenkins
9:11 PM on March 8, 2011 
jodi (bloomingwriter) says...
Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging, oh wise herbalist! Love your selections, and it wasn't until a couple of weeks ago that I learned that nigella, which I grow all the time, has edible seeds; found that out through Costas the herb guy at Brewery Market.

Thanks for being the first to comment, Jodi! Auspicious indeed :)
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Gardening may be very specialized, with only one type of plant grown, or involve a large number of different plants in mixed plantings. It involves an active participation in the growing of plants, and tends to be labor intensive, which differentiates it from farming or forestry. Thanks.
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