When I started gardening I was just a kid helping my father tending the lovely, demure saplings in our backyard. I never knew that I would come out as a successful gardener whether or not I possess a green thumb. After trying many plants and vegetables the herb gardener in me came out with flying colours.
I found myself venturing through garden designs and loved the pictures of beautiful botanical gardens that have distinct styles of renaissance and vintage era. Japanese tea gardens, Knot gardens, English gardens and the great Mughal gardens in India – all fascinated me. Though I knew I would never have the luxury of expansive acres, I could create a whimsical small garden of my own.
Birth of the Herb Gardener
As a novice when you begin a herb garden you have apprehensions especially if you are new to gardening. Anything that comes as tips and experience is of great help. I love pictures and I have found that you can explain better with the help of photos and illustrations.
In my blog I have suggested books that will help the beginners, potting ideas and help on knowing and testing the garden soil type. The articles have herbs with descriptions and colorful pictures. The photos are really helpful when you do not know how a particular herb looks like.
The Bountiful Herb Gardener
When I started a herb garden I had some basic garden information and small tools to kickoff. Steadily I learnt about composting, organic farming etc. As a gardener I desired a garden that is active the year round garden. Nothing depressed as much as a garden that blooms only one season –winter or summer. I love gardens that plan for all four seasons – fall and spring added.
I could easily connect with flowers because they had so many colours in them. I was fascinated by spring blooms and watch the buds everyday waiting for them to bloom. I would get excited when the seed and sapling showed signs of life, tiny sprouts visible on their delicate green stems.
I learnt to love the herbs because even though they had little flowers on them, they sure gave enormous twist to the cuisines and tasted great. I loved the aromas of these fresh herbs that grew in my garden, they demanded very little effort and time, and yet they gave a big harvest for sumptuous meals.
I admired herbs for their flavors that gave the tea immense taste and zest. For the first time I tried tea with various herb ingredients. Basil was my favourite and so was hibiscus and cinnamon. I also loved the lemon grass tea; no concoction can beat the fresh fragrance of an herbal tea emanating from the freshly prepared brew.
Herbs were just not confined in culinary dishes as herbal martinis and syrups; it has extremely beneficial effects in medicine. Nothing can beat the herbs when it comes to holistic, natural healing. I really enjoy gardening and hope you too find solace in it.