Hi There ATS,
So this is a thread about my summer project this year. First though I'd like to give a little bit of background:
Having finally moved to a house with a yard last June, my husband and I immediately set to work setting up a vegetable garden. He went to work on our
peas, beans, tomatoes, squash, salad greens, and cucumbers - and I went to work on our culinary herbs. Nothing beats being able to run out the back
door to grab something to throw into the pot.
The garden's output was prolific: I was getting upwards of two pints of cherry tomatoes daily as the plants STARTED going. It was brilliant. We had
to remove the squash and cucumbers because they were being ravaged by powdery mildew and they were too close to the tomatoes to take the risk of
treating it and having our powerhouse be knocked out of the running. Our neighbourhood has a good growing culture, and we swap our excess produce for
their's. When we started we made sure we knew what our neighbours were growing so we could fit in and help extend our community's selection.
My herbs did extremely well, and my husband "allowed" me to take half of the yard this summer to do with as I pleased. Last year, our herbs
included Parsley, Basil, Cilantro, Chives, Rosemary, and Lavender. So this year I decided to go above and beyond. I've chosen to grow both culinary
and medicinal herbs. I've researched like a madwoman, and will continue to do so to avoid making myself or anyone else ill. Here are my final
ii. Lemon & Italian Basil
iii. Wild Marjoram
x. Bay Laurel
i. Lemon Balm
ix. St. John's Wort
**As a quick sidenote, I do know that there is legislation in Canada against using Comfrey medicinally, but it is one helpful plant when it comes to
feeding a garden so I decided to keep it and use it for it's organic gardening help rather than for people.
Now onto the crux of the issue:
I have three beds, three window boxes, & countless pots and I've been having trouble deciding who goes where. The sunlight situation is excellent in
our yard with only a few shady spots closer to the house. I know a number of my medicinal herbs attract bees and I was thinking that with a few
strategic pots of Feverfew my husband and I could enjoy our patio and buzzing garden without too many bees buzzing up and around us.
I was hoping that some people here with experience with any combination of these herbs could give me some pointers. Which should we keep closer to
the house? Which should we keep at bay? Anything here that is exceptionally invasive that should be "quarantined"? Is lining a bed with
landscaper's carpet an option as opposed to keeping it in a pot? I'd love to hear about any experience with these (especially the medicinal as its
my first year with these ones).
I'm practically chomping at the bit to begin my plugs, but I've satisfied myself with starting a few pots of chamomile to see how long it'll take
for these gals to get going. Please let me know anything, even if its something you know from your grandmother's friend's goddaughter - I'm trying
to consider everything.
Wish me luck