Growing & Using Herb Plants

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Growing herb plants is a favorite amongst our customers.

To help with making your decision on what to grow, we've put together a table of information that contains descriptions of many common herbs, as well as whether they are for culinary usage and/or act as insect repellent. If you don't see one that you're looking for information on, get in contact with us!

TYPE OF PLANTDESCRIPTIONCULINARYINSECT REPELLENT PLANT
Basil An anti-spasmodic and general stomach cure-all. Basil tea, sweetened with honey is often used for coughs. Repels most common pests, also repels flies and mosquitoes. A favorite for flavoring tomatoes, pizza, salads, dressings, vegetables, chicken and cheese dishes.
Catnip Member of the mint family. Used for chronic bronchitis and diarrhea. A mild stimulant, nervine, and antispasmodic. A favorite of all cats. Repels flea beetles and other insects. Use teas as repellent spray.  
Chives Stimulates the appetite and aids digestion. Has a healthy amount of iron. Mild onion flavor useful in dishes in which you use onions, such as salads, baked potatoes, omelettes, etc.
Dill Seeds used in pickles, relishes, breads, etc. Leaves used in salads, soups, fish, meats, etc. Companion to cabbage.
EucalyptusLemon Strong lemon odor. The oil is considered a very strong antiseptic. The aromatic oil of Eucalyptus is a repellent to insects.  
Fennel Leaves used as flavoring in salads, stews, and vegetables. Removes fishy odor from seafood and fish. Powdered Fennel is used as a flea repellent for animals.
Garlic The flavor is strong and pungent. One of the most popular seasonings. Used in tomato dishes, soups, sauces, salads, meats, etc. Good for high blood pressure.
Lavender Used in perfumes and potpourri. Said to reduce acne and puffiness of the skin. Its medicinal values were considered useful for nerve disorders, hoarseness and sore throats. Used externally for toothaches and sore joints. The scent repels mosquitoes, flies, moths, etc.
Marjoram Used in seasoning meats, poultry, vegetables and legumes. Scattered throughout the garden it is said to improve flavor of herbs and vegetables.
Oregano Helpful when planted near vine crops like cucumbers and melons. Repels cabbage butterflies from broccoli and its kin. A pizza herb. Also used in spaghetti sauce and other tomato sauces. Good ground cover for steep slopes.
Peppermint Noted for its stimulating properties. An excellent alternative to caffeine. Reliever of most stomach upsets. Used for flavoring candies, frostings, etc.
Rosemary Used in many natural cosmetics products. Also used as a poultice. Used fresh or dried. Rosemary’s sweet and savory flavor compliments many meat and vegetable dishes. Said to repel bean beetles. Repels carrot flies from carrots and cabbage pests.
Sage Has many medicinal values. Used as a mouthwash and gargle for sore throats and mouths. Reduces perspiration. Used in preparing meats, fish and poultry. Often used with fatty meats and game to lighten their taste.
Savory Used in flavoring beans and said to be an aid to the well known brown bean/gas problems. Mellows the strong flavor of cabbage and turnips. Repels bean beetles and other pests. Improves flavor and growth of beans.
Spearmint A stimulant, carminative and antispasmodic. Useful for children because it is milder than peppermint. A flavoring in baking. Said to repel flies and rats. Repels cabbage family pests.
Tarragon Used for flavoring fish, meats, eggs and salad dressings. Has a mild anise-like flavor.  
Thyme Has found use as a local anesthetic pain killer. Thyme tea has been used as an antiseptic calminative, antispasmodic, stimulant and diuretic. Thyme is one of the most common culinary herbs. Repels cabbage worms.
Wintergreen Its chief constituent is methyl salicylate, a precursor of aspirin. Tea from the leaves has been used as a sore throat gargle. A good ground cover for wooded sites.