Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Advice Needed! Herb Garden

Year round I grow herbs in my kitchen window. I grow Basil, which I use for cooking as well as money spells (times are tough, even for witches, my friends,) aloe, which I use all the time for burns, bee stings, and such. I also grow peppermint and lemon balm, which have a variety of uses, including for calming upset tummies and flatulence. This year I wanted to add a few more pots, but I am utterly overwhelmed by the variety of herbs available. Rosemary, thyme, clary sage, chamomile... The list of herbs is long and my space is small.

So I was hoping some of our readers, and my Sisters at eWitch, would be so kind as to share with me your favorite magical herbs to grow. What do you find the most useful? How do you use it? Let me know in the comments, and I'll let you know what I finally decide on!

Thanks for your help, and bright blessings!

8 comments:

Mother's Moon's Message said...

I love my rosemary and am planning on planting even more of this year. I also have a wide varieties of sages throughout my yard that not only do I use in my cooking yet also to make sage bundles at the end of the year... Yesterday I picked up a couple new plants that I am eager to see how they do.. One is basil and the other is apple mint. Both have a wonderful aroma and can likewise be used in the kitchen among other things.... Can't wait to see what you decide on....

Willow said...

I don't have my own herb garden yet (because I don't have a house of my own), but sage is an excellent herb to have in your collection. It's great in cooking and has multiple magically purposes. Another herb that I'd like to have is catnip. I have two kitties of my own that would love to have some home grown catnip and using it in tea helps with cramps.

JJ Beazley said...

That old bloke from England is looking through your window again. Hope you don't mind.

I have a big sage plant in my garden that had never been happy in a pot. It didn't take off until it had the space to excel. It mostly excels with its flowers. They're among the best in the whole garden.

But I'd like to know what the magical and curative properties are, if some kind pagan would enlighten me.

Sorry. I don't mean to steal the post, you understand.

(You sisters get very well depicted in my novel, by the way.)

The verification letters for this are 'asear.' That's very nearly ass ear. Midsummer Night's Dream. Gosh!

annie kelleher said...

there's an old saying about rosemary ... women rule where rosemary grows... so i always make sure to have a big pot of it in my house. i have an aloe plant, and basil and this year im attemtping thyme. dill is historically difficult for witches to grow, and i have never had much luck with it. hope those ideas help... annie

Avie said...

I don't think I could manage without my rosemary and sage as they are the two herbs I use predominantly in my cooking, as well as with any fire-based spell work. Sage is particularly good for smudging. As they smoulder and burn, both have a very distinct cleansing aroma.

luna petunia said...

My beautiful HUGE Rosemary is my favorite although it did not do well this past cold winter. This year vegggies are where I am going, though. I LOVE to can & pickle.

The Wizardess epi said...

Yep, I vote for rosemary as well for being good for so many things, witchy & otherwise. However, I have never had any luck growing it indoors. If you have a reasonably temperate climate & put it in a sheltered but sunny spot, you can have rosemary for years to come.

JJ Beazley said...

My rosemary plant thrives in the garden. It's huge. What should I do with it, apart from cooking?

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