There are Herbs for All Seasons

| March 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

Herbal Seasons in Australia

Herbs have been grown in Australian gardens since colonial times. We do have seasons here in Australia. Even though where I live they are not so noticeable. We do still have them.

Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, you might not even notice the passage of the seasons, depending on where you live in Australia. But planting herbs is the best thing I have done for me and my family. I plant herbs that enrich the soil, and herbs that are medicinal as well as herbs for cooking.

The herbs for all season that  I mention here are a guide only. But there are many herbs that can be planted seasonally and otherwise. It will depend on your climate and access to seeds and seedlings etc. As I said my climate is warm most of the year. So for me its always a hit and miss with how well my garden is doing. Also depending on how much rain we are having.

Pretty Spring Time

Spring in the world of nature means reawakening activity in your garden,  it brings new life. But it’s a busy time in your garden when most growing things have laid dormant and are now coming back to life.

This is a good time to plant spicy fine herbs like chervil, chives, parsley and tarragon. Nourishing herbs like dandelion, borage, lovage, sorrel. For fragrance plant iris, roses, lavender and violets.

 Chervil, chives, parsley and tarragon herbs have many uses singly or when put together they mix to be come the delicately flavouring called fines herbs. The leaves are finely chopped in equal proportions, blended together to flavour omelettes, grilled or baked chicken, fish, salads, mornay and cooked and uncooked vegetables.

The nourishing herbs of dandelion, borage, lovage and sorrel are great as vegetable replacements in the cooking pot. Dandelion is a great herb gift from mother nature, her roots, leaves and flowers are all useful. The leaves and roots of  the herb borage are often used in broths and the flowers are sweet eaten fresh. Lovage roots, leaves and seeds were used in herbal medicine for stomach disorders and feverish attacks. Sorrel is beneficial to the kidneys and aids digestion.

Sizzling Summer Heat

Summer is the time to eat fresh salads with the plentiful addition of fresh herbs from your garden. Which will help to stimulate appetites and good health. Basil, bergamot, cress, mustard, mint, balm, nasturtiums and salad burnet are all excellent salad herbs. They add such wonderful flavours to salads. Also, these herbs are easy to grow as well.

And some old-fashioned herb trees to grow are bay, elderberry, lemon verbena. These trees have a quite a few benefits to you and your garden. The bay tree can be picked all year round. I add some dried leaves to my rice and flour containers to help keep weevils away.

Elderberry can be made into a really great wine. The elderberry is a small deciduous tree or large shrub. Russian peasants said the compassionate spirit of the Elder would drive off evil and give long life. What ever its history I personally just love having it in my garden.

 Everyone should have a lemon verbena tree in their gardens. It has a strong perfumed leaf that when brushing past you are engulfed in a refreshing light fragrance redolent of lemons.

Autumn Leaves turn

Autumn in the garden is great, I love to get the garden ready for the cooler months. So this is a good time to grow rosehips, anise, caraway, coriander, dill and fennel. All these aforementioned herbs all have one thing in common. Their flowers ripen into seeds abundant in oils with beneficial digestive properties.

Rosehips are high in vitamin C and good against colds, great for young children and babies. Anise plants like sunshine and water.  Caraway is a great flavouring for salads and cooked vegetables. I love coriander its great in Asian foods. But it’s hard to grow here because it goes to seed so quickly in the heat. But the seeds are beneficial so thats awesome. Dill and fennel look the same when growing. But dill has smaller flowers and the leaves are finer and little bit darker in colour.

Brrrrr Winter

Winter, with the onset of winter, and the slowing down of all things growing, work in the garden can be done at a leisurely pace. Because this is the time of year to tidy up and do other jobs that need attending to before spring.

Following is a warming family of pungent herbs for winter, hyssop, marjoram, oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme, winter savory. Also, a collection of restorative and tonic herbs are as follows garlic, horseradish, chicory and comfrey.

All these herbs have vital life giving nutrients from roots to stalks, leaves and flowers. Because they are permeated with a cheering vigour that helps drive away chills, while warming and harmonising the system.

Hyssop has both internal and external applications.  Marjoram and oregano have a close relationship. Also oregano is the wild version of marjoram. Rosemary is the memory herb. And used in remembrance Because according to history rosemary is great for anything to do with the head.  Because It’s got a lot of benefits, it should be in everyone’s garden.

Sage has many medicinal properties and is great as a tea. Thyme has many varieties and a very familiar scent. Winter savory has a peppery taste for those who like pepper.

The tonic herbs garlic, horseradish, chicory and comfrey are all great medicinal herbs. These are herbs that make the best tonics for health. Because garlic has so many applications it’s one of my favourite herbs.

 No matter what herbs you grow in your garden please always be mindful of all the plants and creatures that inhabit your garden. Each and every one has a place in nature.

As always love what you grow, enjoy.

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Hi my name Tanya and I am a lover of growing all things in the garden. Its the one place I feel at peace and can rest my soul. From my earliest childhood memory I have always loved the garden. So I hope to be able to pass on some of the information, tips, tricks and of course my passion for Gardening. Love what you grow. Enjoy.

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