By U.T. Hammer
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Newspapers, cardboard, or even old rugs or blankets (make sure they are nontoxic) will work well. —places that are needing to get rid of them and are happy for you to take them away. To prepare them for the garden, make sure to take off all tape and labels and the glossy parts from the newspapers. Break down the boxes to make them flat. Next, cover the area by overlapping materials so that no grass is peeking through. Now comes a layer of mulch. Leaves in the fall are a really good mulching option.
By doing this, we start to remember our connection with these allies, this support system that lies within the earth, and our own optimal health. Growing herbs is easy, and super fun! Herbs are wonderful “weeds” that, when put into the right environment, will grow big and strong and full. They want to spread, take over, and multiply, which is great, when they are planted where we want them! The task becomes pruning, thinning, pulling, and harvesting. Once herbs are established and growing in your yard, there is more abundance each year, rarely a worry of shortage.
These plants will spread. Biennials will produce every two years. Annuals will grow for one year only, so there is more room for experimentation here. Lets take a look at the plants in our list of 12: Astragalus Perennial Calendula Annual Chamomile Annual Comfrey Perennial Echinacea Perennial Elder Perennial Garlic Annual Lemon balm Perennial Motherwort Perennial Peppermint Perennial Sage Perennial Valerian Perennial As you can see most of these are perennials. Here are a few more examples of herbs that are annuals that you can try out year to year until you find the ones you love to grow and use: rosemary, oats, parsley, basil and tulsi (holy) basil, oregano.