I am primarily focused on providing guidelines for growing herbs that are
intended to be harvested for medicinal purposes but these can apply as well to
growing herbs for culinary use.
Different herbs require different growing
conditions, some can only be grown in the tropics others need special soil and
much more, so this page is not intended to tell you how to grow every herb (this
information will eventually be provided on every herbal page, but bear with me
that takes a lot of research and time).
This page lists some of the things to do or remember when growing herbs:
- If possible, do not use insecticides. You are growing the herb for its
specific constituents. At best the insecticide will add unexpected
additional constituents, at worst it could turn your medicinal remedy base
toxic. If you are forced to use insecticides ensure that you use an
insecticide that degrades without a trace and do not use before harvesting.
Most insecticide manufacturers state on the packaging if it is safe for
fruit and vegetables (and herbs although they hardly ever mention it) and
how long before harvesting it can be used. Err on the safe side.
- Plant and grow herbs in the season they should be grown. It may be
possible to grow herbs out of season but this must be avoided because most
herbs have to be harvested at just the right time in the season to ensure
that they have the correct mix of constituents expected.
- Harvest at the right time. In some cases this is before flowering,
others it is during flowering, some in spring when it first sprouts others
in autumn when it is all over. Again this is important to ensure that you
get the correct mix of constituents.
- Harvest the right part. If you do not know which part to harvest, do nor
grow the herb as there are many that are only not toxic in that one thing
you need to gather during harvesting and if you do not know what you are
doing you could poison yourself or others.
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