|Craft Bed June 2013|
What is an herb?
Plants used to flavor or season food are usually the first to come to mind. However, the Herb Society of America defines an herb as a plant that is valued for flavor, fragrance, medicinal/health qualities, pesticide properties, coloring uses or commercial/industrial uses. Think about dried wreaths, potpourri, sachets, insect repellents, dyeing cloth, or herbs with antiseptic properties added to products such as mouthwash or toothpaste.
|Layout for Herb Garden - Fall 2012|
Six themes were identified for various beds, each of which has been adopted by a current Master Gardener to design, choose and install plants. Additionally we wanted to highlight some interesting horticulture practices. As planting proceeded we identified four horticultural practices we wanted to highlight and would be easy for others to adopt – raised bed gardening, layering for propagation, container gardening for tender perennials and using oyster shells for mulching lavender.
|Signs highlighting different horticultural practices|
|Zephirine Drouhin Climbing Rose|
|Bee Balm and Peppermint|
|Monastery Bed: Oregano & Violets|
The biblical group has rosemary, horseradish, mustard, Lady’s bedstraw, passionflower and more. The passionflower is planted to climb up a large wooden obelisk. The Roman style group has dill, basil, costmary, winter savory and more.
|(L) Roman Style bed- (R) Biblical bed: horseradish and lady's bedstraw|
|Celosia in Craft Bed|
Both culinary and household plants are included in Sue McMorris’s beds. She has planted familiar herbs such as basil, thyme, sage, rosemary, parsley, chives and oregano but has also included many less familiar but interesting ones such as stevia – the sweet herb that is the basis of a line of new sugar-free sweetners, and lemon verbena, both tender perennials that need to be sheltered for the winter. She has also included pineapple sage, a daylily, salad burnet, hops that will climb a companion wooden obelisk.
|Rosemary and Sweet Basil|
|Yarrow & woad plants are in the dye garden|
Other design features are wood-slat benches (rescued from the barn and redone), a bluebird house and a small nightlight.
For more information check these links
Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education: Application of Oyster Shell Mulch
Biblical Herbs Blog