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The flower & herb garden
...Growing flowers
...Specialisation
...Dried
>..Herbs
...- Varieties
...- Medicinal
...Pot Pourri
...Bouquet Garni

A garden of herbs can consist of just a few plants to satisfy the culinary needs of the family or it can grow to immense proportions to provide fresh and dried herbs for sale for cooking and health purposes.

There is a great deal of interest in the use of herbs in medicine. Even if this does not involve combining herb essences and concoctions, it can be taken as simply as chopped herbs in a mixed salad that have a restorative effect. The herbs can be grown to be sold in little fresh bunches or they can be dried before sale. Herbs can be sold growing in pots or put into sachets for discouraging moths, or herb pillows to gently aid sleep. These final herb products often end up being made in a workshop or indoors.

The growing of herbs is an outdoor occupation. You can put the entire venture into one annual package: tending the herb plants as they come to maturity, gathering and picking at the right times, drying as you go. Then in the winter months when the outside work slackens off, you can go inside to produce the herb sachets. There are various factors to consider before planting a herb garden. To produce a bulk crop of herbs, it may seem easiest to grow the herb plants in rows as a normal crop. But if you intend to have customers coming to you, this less than romantic approach may well reduce their enthusiasm.

Appearance is often important in this market. By working out on a piece of graph paper the heights and colourings of various herbs it is possible to produce a garden-like setting in a field environment.

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