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Herbs  Item Number: herbs



Herbs, like vegetables, require maximum amounts of direct sunlight.  However, unlike vegetables, organic matter is not as beneficial to the herbal plant.   Excess amounts of manure or humus cause the plant to produce excess foliage which decreases the strength of it's natural oils responsible for flavor.  It is best to grow herbs in black dirt.

BASIL
(Ocimum basilicum)
Half-hardy annual.  Grows to 18"
Culinary:  Sweet with clove-like pungent tang
Medicinal:  rheumatic pain, nervous disorders.

CHAMOMILE
(chamaemilum nobile)
Perennial.  Grows 4-24"
Culinary:  Steep leaves for tea.
Medicinal:  Soothes and relaxes at bedtime

CHIVES
(Allium schoenoprasum)
Hardy perennial.  Grows in clumps to 10" tall.
Culinary:  Onion-like
Medicinal:  Reduces blood pressure and cholesterol

CORIANDER
(Coriandrum sativum)
Annual.  Grows to about 2 feet.
Medicinal:  Digestive ailments and colic

CURRY
(Helichryum italicum subsp. siitalicum)
Perennial.  Grows to1-2 ft.

DILL
(Anethum graveolens)
Annual.  Grows to 2-5 ft.
Culinary:  Pungent, tangy.
Medicinal:  Digestive, improves condition of hair and nails.
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OREGANO
(Oreganum vulgare)
Hardy Perennial.  Grows to 2 ft.
Culinary:  Strong aromatic, with pleasantly bitter undertone.
Medicinal:  Indigestion, bloating

PARSLEY
(Petroselinum crispum)
Hardy biennial that is usually treated as an annual.
Culinary:  Relatively high in vitamin A, C, and iron.
Medicinal:  Digestive, diuretic

ROSEMARY
(Rosmarinus officnalis)
Hardy evergreen shrub perennial.  
Culinary:  Fresh, sweet.
Medicinal:  Cancer prevention properties.

SAGE
(Salvia officinalis)
Woody, hardy perennial.  Grows 2-3 ft.  Tends to sprawl.
Culinary:  Aromatic, slightly bitter.
Medicinal:  Antiseptic qualities.

SAVORY
(Satureja hortensis)
Tender annual.  Grows to 18 in.
Culinary:  Aromatic, slightly pungent.
Medicinal:  Treat sore throat.

TARRAGON
(Artemisia dracunculus)
Perennial.  Grows to 2 ft.
Seems to do best in semi-shade.
Culinary:  Flavor similar to anise.
Medicinal:  Appetite stimulant.

THYME
(Thymus vulgaris)
Perennial.  Grows to6-10 in.
Culinary:  Aromatic, pungent.
Medicinal:  Expectorant





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