Just thought I'd post this for my sister... I designed a new herb garden for her, and we
put the garden in this past July in her backyard while I was in Pennsylvania.
I plan to duplicate it in my side yard next spring.
I love the idea of an Italian Herb Garden.
Herbs are the easiest edible plants to grow, need little water, and are so useful, and HEALTHY!
Growing herbs is a wonderful hobby for mothers, mothers-to-be, or even young women. I have been studying the use of common herbs for a few years, and have grown many herbs in my "Dooryard" garden (a garden outside the kitchen door, a british term). Last week, we were playing out in the yard with our lovely four year old neighbor girl. The bees were busily pollinating everything, and she stepped on a red wasp. Screaming and holding her foot, Popcorn rushed to her side, and called to me. When she told us she had been stung, my son frantically started running to the back corner of the yard, chanting, "Plantain...I need Plantain!" He pulled some of the herb (weed) up and began tearing it in his hands. He ran over and placed the green shredded mess on his little friend's foot. Shortly thereafter, her cries about the stinging pain were subdued. We had read earlier this summer that Plaintain was used by the early indians for wound healing and "de-stinging" properties. I was surprized and happy that the informantion had rubbed off and "stuck" in my boy's mind. Perhaps young popcorn will become an amature herbalist like his mother after all!