Thursday, August 14, 2014

Herb Garden Design & Rosemary

Since I been sharing herb info, I thought it was
thyme to offer a layout for an herb garden. I
came up with a circle plan with four parts, has
a center that can hold something decorative..
size can be your choice. Just make sure all
looks equaled and balanced. Pick your site,
there should be at least 5 hours of sun, and
mark the garden out with stakes or paint.
Unless you're doing raised beds, start digging
and add  soil and organic matter as needed.
Herbs like well drained soil. They don't
require a lot of care just  cut and pinch back.
I would use gravel or tiny pebbles for the
center and paths. This allows you to walk on
the path easily and provide contrast. Decide
if you want a theme garden, culinary, or
perhaps a medicinal type. Get to know your      
herbs and their uses. Your herb garden can
be your place of retreat and meditation, so
make it your own. Perhaps a bench, a water
feature or small potting table. Herb gardens
can be useful, aromatic, fun, healing and
restful.  
"Rosemary is for remembrance" I'm sure
you've read that somewhere. Such an
aromatic herb. It's also the herb of choice
for topiaries. You might also see it worn in a
wreath by a bride. A woody perennial that
that has evergreen, needle-like leaves, it likes the sun and well drained soil.
You'll need to prune to encourage branching. Versatile rosemary is used for
cooking, crafting and in southern states, you may see bushes of rosemary all
year long. Rosemary also contains anti-inflammatory compounds, and has been shown to increase blood flow to the head and brain. The leaves are good
in chicken, lamb, and pork as well as in Italian dishes. Wonderful added to
breads, butters, and oils for fantastic flavorings. Rosemary twigs can be
used as a toothpick for appetizers and the long stems can be used as
skewers for kabobs. The herb can be used fresh or dried, but fresh is preferable. It is an essential  part of 'herbes de provence'. I always have
a rosemary topiary. Although difficult in the winter, indoors, once it's been outside again it will thrive. Rosemary leaves can be saved by placing the leaves in ice cube trays with some olive oil, and frozen.
                                 
                               
                 
                                                                                 

                                                         
                                             

                     


                                   

                                                         


  "Speaking of the powers of Rosemary, it overtoppeth 
    all the flowers in the garden, boasting man's rule.
    It helpeth the brain, strengtheneth the memorie, and 
    is very medicinable for the head. Another property
    of the rosemary is, it affects the heart."
                                                    Roger Hacket (1607)
                                                   

                 
                      

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