Garden Wednesday

Here are photos of the herbs we currently have growing in our garden.

Caraway

Caraway

Anise

Anise

Dill that we transplanted into the garden.

Dill that we transplanted into the garden.

Dill going to seed.

Dill going to seed.

Herbs currently growing in the garden

Herbs currently growing in the garden

Lemon Balm Mint Oregano Purple Sage Tarragon

May the Lord bless you and keep you.

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Recipe Tuesday – Anise

Anise

Now that we have our Anise growing, it is time to figure out what to do with it.

Here is a video I found on YouTube talking about how Anise is good to lower Cholesterol.  I don’t know anything about the medicinal values of herbs yet, but I like to share information with others.  So feel free to comment in the comment section about what you have discovered about Anise.  Video is here.

If you are interested in making a Anise tea for a cough simmer one teaspoon crushed anise seed and 1 tablespoon powdered licorice root in 3 cups water.  Let steep for 20 minutes.  Then pour over two teaspoons thyme leaves.  Cover and let steep another 10 minutes.  Then strain through a cheesecloth.  Drink one cup that is hot three or four times day.

What are some ways you have used Anise?

Lord bless you and keep you.

Herbs – Week #2

Anise

Today I would like to share information on a herb called Anise.

Anise seeds and leaves can be used for culinary, household or medicinal purposes from your garden.  Anise will flower in mid or late summer.  They can grow 18″-24″ and make a nice filler in a herb bed or as a border.  You will want to protect them from strong winds and they do not transplant well, so sow the seeds where you want them to grow.

Anise is considered an annual plant that you only plant once and it will self-seed each year.  The soil should be light and well drained.  Light soil should consist of a thick layer of sand and a few stones with a light covering of clay.  Place in full sun when planting in the fall.

Anise is also known as Pimpinella anisum and is great for attracting bees and butterflies.  Anise has a licorice flavor.  The seeds ban be used to make curries, insecticide, breath freshner, herbal tea for digestive issues or for a cough.

Have you planted any Anise in your garden?  Let me know your thoughts.

Next Monday I will post about Borage.

Lord bless you and keep you!

Herbs Series – Week #1

Herbs

Today I would like to talk about herbs and what I am learning about each one of them.  Each Monday I will make a post for the next several weeks about a particular herb with detailed information.

Oregano, Sage, Lavender, Rosemary, Thyme, Santolina, Artemesia, Tarragon & Fennel prefer soil that is dry and rock (light soil).

Herbs generally do not require fertilizer.  Improve the soil structure twice a year by adding organic material.

Basil, Chamomile, Thyme, Lavender, Mint, Dill, Chervil, Fennel & Parsley attract beneficial insects to your garden.

Basil, Lemon Grass & Garlic Chives require more water than herbs listed above.

Herbs that are invasive include:  mint and some oregano, so you will want to control these invasive herbs by planting them in containers or cut the bottoms of the container and sink container into your soil.

In the fall the following herbs can be started:  Anise, Borage, Caraway, Catnip, Chervil, Chives, Cilantro/Coriander, Dill, Fennel, Fennel (bulb), Garlic (clove), Garlic Chives, Horehound, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Marjoram, Mint, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Salad Burnet, Santolina, Savory (Winter), Scented Geraniums, Thyme and Yarrow.

Herbs that can be started from cuttings in the fall include:  Horehound, Lavender, lemon Balm, Marjoram, Mint, Oregano, Rosemary, Sage, Santolina, Savory (Winter), Scented Geraniums, Thyme and Yarrow.

Herbs that are started from divisions in the Fall include:  Catnip, Chives, Fennel (bulb), Garlic (clove), Garlic Chives, Lemon Balm, Marjoram, Mint, Tansy & Yarrow.

Look for posts on Mondays on specific herbs over the next several weeks where we will be looking a detailed information for each herb.

Lord bless you and keep you!