Herb gardens can be traced back to medieval times when monasteries and
nunneries were depended on to supply medicinal needs.
Today there are many pro and con debates on the use of herbs for medicine.
I'm certainly on the pro side of that debate, but...my expertise is in
"culinary." After all, if our eating habits are designed well our
needs are less and less severe.
Herb gardening and the understanding of how to use what you can so easily
grow is like most things, it takes some effort and a real desire to know.
With those two things and a small plot of ground, or a few large
(if you have no ground) your options are endless.
Whether using them for medicinal or culinary, it is a much more economical
way to have what you need and want. A few good books, some internet
sources, and a willing mentor (I'm available) and you are off and running.
I've had a few questions over the winter; one of them being about the
Peppermint (the plant) is a cross of water mint and spearmint. ) Native to
west and central Europe where it grows wild along streams and water-ways.
Peppermint does not have seeds and reproduces vegetatively. It is much
loved and used in both culinary and medicinal applications for its high
Peppermint makes a fabulous tea...Sage Hill Farms signature tea blend is
Peppermint and Lemon Balm."
Its a real treat after dinner or for breakfast.
You can find it here: http://www.sagehillfarmsandvintagestore.com
Another question was how to attract the Monarch butterfly to the garden.
One of the favorite foods of the Monarch is milkweed; I have found most
butterflies are very wide ranging in their likes. Sage Hill Gardens has an
abundance of many species during the spring and summer. They love garlic
blooms, rosemary flowers, lavender, thyme, and oregano. Plant it and they
Their job is also to pollinate, so they may love it, but in return they
are working for you to have a lovely and healthy garden.
Now is the time to start working your ideas for healthy soil (depending on
your location.) One very good step to take if you are totally new to
gardening is a soil test. You can buy kits, around $20.00 for a good one,
or you can have your local county agent do the test for a nominal fee.
that has been built up with organic material (composting) will need much
less doctoring than soil that has been abused with pesticides and
Regardless where you are starting, education is the key to success; your
success is the key to your staying power.
Until you are successful at growing your own, let Sage Hill Farms be your
one stop shopping place for products and for information. The products are
chemical-free, top of the line in strength, all around healthy and clean.
Oh-and very tasty.
The information is free for the asking.
You can find it all here:
A reminder also, if you are looking for other special places to shop and
learn, check our "Interesting Sites" link from the website. They don't
herbs or herbal products, but, .. ."one cannot live by herbs alone."
Sage Hill Farm website is down due to some re-construction. Our apologies
for the disruption.
If you need to place an order, or have questions, contact me by email or
931-438-8328 Thank you. Wishing you a fabulous and fun February!
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