Herb Basics: Easy Grow Healing Herbs

Tips for the Beginner

| May/June 2003

The following healing herbs are easy to grow and readily available. Plant them in a site that gets at least six hours of full sun daily during the growing season. For the first month after planting, water the herbs as often as needed to prevent wilting. After that, water them only during prolonged dry spells (unless you live in a very dry climate).

After you harvest the herbs, dry them for use in recipes you’ll find throughout The Herb Companion.

Calendula (Calendula officinalis): Annual; plant from seeds
Catnip (Nepeta cataria): Vigorous perennial; plant from seeds, starts or root divisions
Chamomile, German (Matricaria recutita): Annual; plant from seeds
Echinacea (Echinacea spp.): Perennial; plant from seeds or starts
Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium): Perennial; plant from seeds or starts
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia): Perennial; plant from starts
Peppermint (Mentha ¥piperita): Vigorous perennial; plant from starts or root divisions
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis): Perennial; plant from starts
St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum): Perennial; plant from starts
Thyme (Thymus vulgaris): Perennial; plant from seeds or starts

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