Herbs may be tiny, but these small plants are versatile additions to any garden. Consider planting herbs in your edible landscape if you cook with herbs a lot or if you want to cultivate various medicinal herbs that you can use when SHTF.
If you love tea, set aside some space in your home garden for a specialty herb garden. The following herbs can be used to make soothing medicinal teas:
Homesteaders make the most of every inch of space in their garden, so don't waste your time and energy on herbs that you won't cook with.
Below are some herbs that can be used in various dishes:
Check if the herbs you chose can grow in your climate. This is crucial because certain herbs are suited to warm climates while others must be grown in cooler weather.
After you decide which herbs you want to grow in your edible landscape, start deciding where you'll plant them. If you're growing herbs to cover a large area of ground, try bee balm, lemon balm, or mint.
Another option is to grow insect-repelling herbs like basil and lemon balm in strategic places, such as an area in your garden where your family or guests will spend most of their time. (Related: The best ideas to turn your homestead into the ultimate edible landscape.)
Incorporate companion planting into your edible landscape by combining two plants for a specific purpose. If you have crops that are regularly attacked by insects, use companions to trap or repel them or hide the plant altogether.
Companion plants can also attract beneficial insects to your garden. They provide food and shelter for these insects when they visit your home garden. Certain plants grow well together since they don't need to compete for light or rooting space.
The benefits of companion planting include:
Plant herbs in your edible landscape so you have access to nutritious and flavorful herbs that can enhance each dish you serve to your loved ones.
Read GrowYourMedicine.com for more tips on how to grow herbal medicine.