A to Z of herb seeds for culinary use, pot herbs, windowsill and herb garden, medicinal, dyes, companion planting, Chinese, ornamental herb, ethnobotanical, magical and witchcraft herb seeds.
The early cottage gardeners used herbs for medicinal purposes and companion planting, but now they are are mostly used in cooking, where a well stocked herb garden is invaluable for a constant supply of fresh herbs for the culinary delights of today. Ideal in the ornamental garden as decorative plants where the leaves and flowers can be used for pot-pourri. Herb gardens need not be large, a small patch near the kitchen door or even a few herb containers with mixed varieties on the patio or windowsill. Most of the varieties are easy to grow from seeds, they can be used as fresh leaves in season and then dried for use in the winter. Herb seeds are excellent value with as many as 1,000 seeds in a packet from 75p
Companion planting alongside vegetables has been used for many years, many gardeners use herbs to ward off insects, aid pest problems and increase yield. Some excellent companion plants include Dill as it lures away pests, celery keeps whitefly away from cauliflowers, Sage protects carrots and cabbages, Nettles improve the flavour and protect plants from aphids, mildew and black fly also Basil, Tansy, Savoury, Borage, Thyme, Parsley, Marigolds, Mint are all good companion plants