At HerbGardening.com, you'll find a wealth of information on how to grow an herb garden so you can harvest fresh herbs for culinary enhancement in the kitchen or even for medicinal purposes. You can grow herbs in pots or containers on your balcony, deck, or patio; in the backyard garden; even indoors ... herbs are both fun and easy to grow!
Unfortunately, mere words alone cannot fully describe the aromas that will fill your kitchen or the flavors that will tempt your tastebuds when cooking with freshly grown and cut herbs. You must experience these sensory delights yourself, and this website will help show you how.
Growing herbs is easy to do, so easy, in fact, even kids can grow them! Many people turn their love for herb gardening into successful home businesses by selling fresh cut herbs, herb plants, and other herb related products.
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HerbGardening.com provides the necessary growing information for many popular herbs such as their ideal pH, soil requirements, suitability for container and hydroponic cultivation, watering needs, potential pest problems, and much more.
In addition, you'll find resources to obtain the herb seeds, plants and supplies you need to begin what will surely be a lifelong hobby that not only provides enjoyment for the kitchen and palette, but spiritual renewal and stress relief as well.
What Can You Do With Herbs?
In addition to the obvious purpose of using herbs in your cooking and culinary creations, herbs can be utilized in a myriad of ways to serve a wide variety of purposes. Probably the most common alternative use for herbs, and many would argue it's primary function, is for medicinal and healing purposes.
Dating back to before written human history, the use of herbs as culinary additives was probably less for taste, and moreso as a response to the harmful potential of food-borne pathogens. As a result, tropical environments where pathogens are most prevalent have been the source of the world's spiciest foods.
Clay tablets that date back over 5,000 years have been discovered which list hundreds of medicinal plants, many of them common herbs as we know them today. Throughout the written history of mankind, herbs and herbal preparations have been used to treat illnesses and conditions afflicting not only humans, but there is strong evidence to suggest that even early primates ingested medicinal herbs to treat injuries and illnesses.
Herbs as medicine can be ingested whole in many ways, including herbal teas, known as tisanes; herbal juices, or in a dried form. Other methods of administering whole herbs include infusions, which is extraction by steeping in hot water; decoctions, which are long-term boiled extracts of roots and barks; maceration, where plants are finely cut and steeped in cold water.
Herb tinctures use alcohol to suspend the essence from the herbs, while herbal wine and elixirs are low alcohol content herb extracts. There are also dry extracts in which the plants are allowed to evaporate their liquid content into a dry mass, which can then be contained in a capsule or tablet.
Many herbs can also be applied as a topical skin treatment with essential oil extracts used to create creams, lotions, balms, salves, and oils. Herbs have also been used as a compress with crushed or rehydrated dry herbs applied directly to a bandage, which is then placed over a wound.
Another widely used medicinal use is aromatherapy, whereby the fragrant liberation of the essential oils in herbs is used to combat pain and anxiety, while reducing stress, and promoting relaxation through the olofactory senses.
Today, hundreds of products are manufactured from herbs or have herbs incorporated into them.
And home gardeners can make money growing herbs as well. Everyday folks selling freshly dried herbs for the kitchen and craft projects is common at markets across the country, as well as blends for teas, and even for smoking.
Fresh herbs are sought after by chefs and markets in virtually every community, and many an entrepreneurial backyard gardener or greenhouse grower has hooked up with a local popular restaurant or specialty food market to supplement their income while giving a competitive edge to the food vendor.
Florists and caterers also use herbs, so don't forget to include those businesses in your prospecting efforts.
Herbs are a vital component of potpourri and scented crafts and other products for the home.
Many people turn their love and knowledge of herbs into extra money by providing herb growing classes or herb landscape design businesses. With the ever expanding number of ways and places to grow herbs, thanks to modern technologies like hydroponics, indoor grow lights, and soilless containers, the demand is high for information and teachers willing to share their expertise.
The possibilities afforded by growing herbs is limited only by your imagination. If you've always desired to grow your own, but just never had the confidence to do so, there has never been a better time to get started. Support groups abound, and social media has enabled people from all walks of life to succeed at this extremely easy, very satisfying and rewarding hobby. Good growing!