Emerging From Winter With Herbs

February 19, 2010

After the short days of winter and the recent cold weather, it was good to see my first snowdrop and a couple of early daffodils a week ago. They are one of the first signs of Spring and this fills me with hope and the excitement that soon I can get out into the herb garden, sow seeds, prune and just enjoy pottering around every now and then.

That may be a little while away though so in the meantime to cheer myself up as I emerge from winter into spring I do a few of these things:

  • Browse seed catalogues like the inspiring one from Suffolk Herbs or Jekka’s ‘taster’ catalogue which you can download here: http://www.jekkasherbfarm.com/index.asp (you could also check out my list of 28 places to get your herb seeds) and then I list the seeds that I’d like to sow this year. If you want to plan when to sow your herb seeds and plant the seedlings out you might like to use the handy herb planner created by Little House in The Suburbs – you can find the link in one of my previous blog posts: Herb Garden Plans.
  • Sketch ideas for layouts for the garden or containers.
  • Find new recipes to try out with the herbs that I already have. I know there won’t be enough hours in the day to do them all but I can dream for now…..
  • Bring freshly cut sprigs of rosemary indoors and put them in vases around the house to enjoy their scent and to add a bit of greenery to the house.
  • Make a couple of simple room sprays with some uplifting scents eg rosemary (again!), mandarin, lemon balm¬† (melissa officinalis) and lemon.
  • Make and use some bath oils scented with either rose geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) or lavender essential oils to help me chill out.
  • Have fun mixing some essential oils and jojoba oil together to test different combinations and find a favourite.
  • This year I’m using up my chilli pepper harvest from last year in stir fries which definitely wakes me up especially when I also add garlic and ginger (to boost the immune system)!

I’d love to hear how you use herbs, spices and essential oils at this time of year or your herby plans for the Spring.

This blog post is part of the UK herbarium blog party which this month is hosted by Elizabeth Marsh of Apotheblogary, the theme being ‘Emerging from Winter With Herbs’.¬† Please visit her blog to find links to lots of other UK herb blogger’s posts covering herbal remedies on this subject.

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1 Sarah Head 02.25.10 at 11:30 am

Thanks for all the suggestions, Maddie

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