Herbs A-Z: More ‘N’ow in your garden herbs

CHICOPEE, Mass (Mass Appeal) – Our series on ‘Herbs: A to Z’ continues with herbs that begin are in your garden or yard ‘N’ow.’ Carol Joyce is the Owner of White Buffalo Herbs in Warwick, shared more about herbs Hibiscus, Lavender, Mint, Motherwort, Oregano,  St Johnswort, Yarrow.
Growing Instructions for these Herbs:

Hibiscus

  • Some can grow this from seed, but I prefer to plant a cutting or piece of divided root in the Fall.
  • Loves FULL sun & blooms July through fist frost!
  • Flowers can be dried for tea. Lavender (Hidcote is best in NE)
  • Plant seeds in organic potting soil (6 weeks prior to last frost).
  • Keep moist & in sunny spot, inside.
  • Plant outside, near a building for winter protection.
  • Once established, this plant is very hardy!
  • Likes to grow in sandy soil & partial to full sun.
  • PERENNIAL (Be sure to cover it with leaves in Fall so that it won’t die off in winter cold)
  • Leaves & Flowers have medicinal properties & smell divine!

Mint

  • Plant seeds in organic potting soil (6 weeks prior to last frost).
  • Keep moist & in sunny spot, inside.
  • Plant outside & watch the magic.
  • Likes to spread, so best in a large container that can take winter frost heaves.
  • PERENNIAL
  • Prefers full sun.
  • Leaves are wonderful in tea.

Motherwort

  • Plant seeds in organic potting soil (6 weeks prior to last frost).
  • Keep moist & in sunny spot, inside.
  • Plant outside in sunny spot. Sandy soil is best.
  • Likes to spread.
  • PERENNIAL – up to 6′ tall
  • Prefers full sun.
  • Flowers & Leaves are used in herbal medicine.

Oregano

  • Plant seeds in organic potting soil (6 weeks prior to last frost).
  • Keep moist & in sunny spot, inside.
  • Plant outside in sunny spot
  • PERENNIAL – up to 3 ft wide & low growing
  • Prefers full sun.
  • Flowers & Leaves are used for cooking.

St Johnswort

  • Best to be picked from the wild & will not stay in garden more than a few years (it will “escape” to a wild part of your property, instead.
  • Flowers & leaves are used in herbal formulas.

Yarrow

  • Plant seeds in organic potting soil (6 weeks prior to last frost).
  • Keep moist & in sunny spot, inside.
  • Plant outside in sandy soil in a sunny spot
  • PERENNIAL – watch out it spreads all over the place!
  • Flowering tops are used in teas & herbal medicine.

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