Grow some simple herbs at your place
We humans have a history with herbs stretching back to prehistoric times. We use them for culinary, medicinal, dyeing, leather tanning, cleaning and beauty purposes – so varied are their practical qualities. Medically, their popularity persists to this day with Western medicine, Traditional Chinese medicine and the Indian Ayurveda practices all still incorporating herbs. Of course anyone who loves to eat a flavoursome meal cannot resist using herbs either! You might say they are an essential element of any home…
So where should you begin if you want to grow some herbs at your place?
How about right here!
- Decide which herbs tickle your fancy then learn how to propagate them with this Gardening Australia Factsheet. Start simple with easy to grow things like parsley, basil, rosemary, thyme, chives.
- New to the gardening scene – leap right in with this comprehensive but straightforward guide to growing herbs from Scotts Australia.
- Short on space and can’t accommodate and actual garden bed? Why not try container planting, hanging pots or growing micro-greens.
- Interested to learn about Australia’s Indigenous herbs? Read this article from the ABC’s Organic Gardener.
- Raid the spice rack for dried whole spice seeds such as dill, poppy, coriander, fennel, sesame; then plant them in a container and keep on your kitchen windowsill.
- Got some mature herbs already in the garden? Why not trying drying freezing or converting them with flavoured oils or butter.
Interesting herbal facts
- Do you know the difference between herbs and spices? Herbs are plant leaves (fresh or dry) while spices are every other part of the plant including roots, stems, flowers, seeds and berries (most commonly dry). Some plants are actually both.
- In France and England, thyme was often thought to attract fairies!
- Ancient Greeks and Romans believed that basil would only grow if you loudly cursed and shouted while you sowed your seeds.
- To produce 450 grams of dry saffron requires the harvest of up to 75,000 flowers and 20 hours of labour.
- Don’t like coriander? Think it tastes like soap or crushed bugs? This reaction is linked to a particular set of genes in some people.
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Libraries love these herb eBooks.
- Homegrown Herbs: A Complete Guide to Growing, Using, and Enjoying More than 100 Herbs by Rosemary Gladstar
- The Beautiful Edible Garden: Design A Stylish Outdoor Space Using Vegetables, Fruits, and Herbs by Leslie Bennett
- Storey's Guide to Growing Organic Vegetables & Herbs for Market by Keith Stewart
Take these simple eBook steps to access more herb books.
Borrow up to 30 eBooks on your device. To get started download the ePlatform by Wheelers, RBDigital and Libby apps to your device. Select Sunshine Coast Libraries and follow the prompts to register using your member number and password.
Libraries love these herb eMagazines.
- ABC Organic Gardener Magazine
- Better Homes and Gardens Australia
- Mother Earth News
To get started using free eMagazines download the RBDigital app, select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password.
Learn more about herbs
Want to learn more?
To find out more about Herbs, their uses and learn about the history of herb gardening, visit Britannica Library online. Sign in with your library membership number.
Stream herb documentaries on Kanopy
- Herbalism: This program discusses the ancient art of Western Herbalism, dating back hundreds of years, which utilizes the "life-force energies" of countless flowers and plants to alleviate and eliminate numerous common ailments. Learn the healing properties of herbs. Find out which herbs are commonly used for numerous complaints. Discover the ancient history of Western Herbalism. Understand how herbs can be used for Cancer or AIDS.
- Herbs and Blossoms for an Elegant Dinner: learn how to store herbs so they stay fresh longer. Then, dive into a menu that celebrates herbs, including grilled pizza with burrata, prosciutto, herb salad, and an olive "soil"; a not-so-bloody Mary; salmon-stuffed squash blossoms; faro and mushroom risotto with sage and thyme; and a dessert of sabayon with stone fruits and berries.
- Herbs and Spices-Flavor on Demand: Delve into the subtle complexities of herbs and spices. You'll sample different salts and peppers (including Sel Gris, kosher salt, and white pepper); learn the difference between spices and herbs; find out how to blend them with oils, cheeses, and meats; and watch how to make an herb chutney, a roasted tomato and saffron vinaigrette, and a spice rub.
Set up a Kanopy account to access more films for free. First time customer - select "Add Library Card" and enter your member number and password. Create a Kanopy account, then verify your email address. Repeat customers - login to Kanopy using your email and Kanopy password.
Herb orientated websites
Libraries love these local Sunshine Coast Herb orientated websites.
- Herbs-to-use – herb seeds, teas, books, plants
- Gourmet Garden Herbs and Spices – recipes, products
- Tradition Herbs and Scents – seeds, essential oils
Fancy a good blog read?
Australian favourites, Little Veggie Patch Co have this great blog post on herbs.
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