Plant Medicinal

Herbs have long been revered for both their medicinal and culinary value. They may improve colds, help you sleep and add flavor and zest to dinner. Fortunately for home gardeners, growing herbs is relatively easy. They prosper in just about any type of soil, do not require much fertilizer, and are not often bothered by insect or disease pests. The herb garden is often a separate space in the garden, devoted to growing a specific group of plants known as herbs. These gardens may be informal patches of plants, or they may be carefully designed, even to the point of arranging and clipping the plants to form specific patterns, as in a knot garden. Herb gardens may be purely functional or they may contain a blend of functional and ornamental plants. The herbs are usually applied to flavour food in cooking, though they may also be applied in other ways, such as discouraging pests, providing pleasant scents, or serving medicinal purposes, among others. An herb garden can be grown outside or inside depending on your needs, climate and space. There are advantages and disadvantages to both. Indoor advantages are: easy to access, no weeding and year round growing season. Outdoor advantages are: higher yields, more flavorful and more space.Whether you choose to grow inside or out, all herbs need plenty of sunlight, moderate temperatures, and a soil or potting mix that drains well. Keep in mind that most herbs are native to the Mediterranean — provide them with conditions similar to this region and they will flourish. Of course, you can combine the two by growing container. This way herbs can be outside during the growing season and moved indoors when it gets cold. Herbs are very easy to grow with a little sunshine, soil that drains well, some watering, and a little fertilizer or compost. Herbs can be grown in pots; however, the plants always prefer to be in the ground where they can spread out.