Herb Gardening for Vintage Homes

The Sweet Herb Plot

The sweet herb plot, for discriminating tastes, will enlarge the realm of the housewife. The culinary herbs provide her with a rare opportunity to league beauty at the kitchen door with an added zest and smoothness in her cookery. These simple seasonings are things the ancients knew and are still in the process of being discovered. They appeal in the first place to taste and when it is realized to what extent smell enters into taste and the vital effect of both in digestion, their place in the garden will be assured. Herbal oils mix readily with the peptic juices for less disturbance in digestion and a resulting sounder health-tone of the body. When drying the herbage for future use, gather early in the morning in order that the maximum of the volatile oils be conserved, taking the younger tips in preference to the older wood. Certain vegetables of ornamental value are included for such uses as they may find.

Anise – Pimpinella anisum
Artichoke – Cynara scolymus
Balm – Melissa officinalis
Borage – Borago officinalis
Burnet – Sanguisorba minor
Caperberry – Capparis spinosa
Caraway – Carum carvi
Chervil – Anthriscus cerefolium
Chickory – Cichorium intybus
Chives – Allium schoenprasm
Coriander – Coriandrum sativum
Costmary – Chrysanthemum balsamita
Cress – Lepidium sativum
Curry – Cuminum cyminum
Dittany, Crete – Origanum dictamnus
Endive – Cichorium endive
Fennel – Foeniculum vulgare
Garlic – Allium sativum
Ginger – Zingiber officinale
Hyssop – Hyssopus officinalis
Leek – Allium porrum
Lovage – Levististicum officinale
Marjorum – Majorana hortensis
Miners Lettuce – Montia perfoliata
Mint – Menta spicata
Orach – Atriplex hortensis
Parsley – Petroselinum crispum
Penny-royal – Mentha pulegium
Pot-marigold – Calendula officinalis
Red-pepper – Capsicum frutenscens
Rhubarb – Rheum rhaponticum
Rosemary – Rosmarinus officinalis
Runner Bean – Phaseolus coccineus
Sage – Salvia officinalis
Salsify – Tragopogon porrifolius
Savory, Summer – Satureja hortensis
Savory, Winter – Satureja montana
Shallot – Allium ascalonicum
Spinach, New Zealand – Tetragonia expansa
Succory – Cichorium intybus
Sweet Basil – Ocimum basilicum
Tansy – Tanacetum vulgare
Tarragon – Artemisia dracunculus
Thyme, Mother of – Thymus serpyllum
Water Cress – Nasturtium officinale
Yerba Buena – Micromeria chamissonis

From Ornamental Plants for Subtropical Regions.

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