Companion Planting Chart For Herbs
Herb Companion Planting Chart
Tinctures: Tincture of thyme, tincture of marjoram, tincture of lavender, tincture of sage, or any other herbal infusion will work well with herbs. They are best used fresh and they must be kept refrigerated. You can make your own herbal tea from dried herbs.
Make sure to use only pure essential oils!
Herb Pots: Herb pots are perfect for storing herbs in their own potting soil. They come in different sizes and shapes. Some have handles or lids; some don’t.
A good size for a small herb garden is one gallon. A large pot would be better for a larger herb garden.
Pots are made of plastic, metal, wood, clay or even stone. Plastic pots are inexpensive and easy to clean because they’re nonporous. Metal pots tend to rust over time if left outside in the sun and clay pots tend to crack if not washed regularly with soap and water.
Stone pots are expensive but last longer than plastic ones due to their durability. The type of pot you use will determine the soil best suited for it.
Make Your Own Herbal Tea
Herbal teas can be made from fresh or dried herbs. Always make sure that your water is boiling before you begin simmering your herbs.
To make herbal tea, take 1 tsp. of dried herb per cup of water and add it to boiling water. Let sit for 10-15 minutes.
Strain out the herbs and drink.
Herbal tea can be iced or heated and is a great way to enjoy the taste of your favorite herbs. Fresh herbs should be used whenever possible because the flavors are much stronger than dried herbs. These are best stored in the refrigerator in glass containers that have airtight sealing lids.
Olive oil can also be used for storing herbs as it helps retain their flavors. This will keep your herbs fresh for about one week. If you’re using fresh herbs, make sure to clean them first and dry them before storing.
Herbs can be stored in the freezer by packaging them into air-tight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags. Always label the container with the name of the herb and the date. Frozen herbs will remain fresh for up to one year.
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Herbal Water: You can use the water in which you boiled your herbs to water your indoor plants or your garden.
Drying Herbs: To dry your herbs, lay them out on a screen or paper towels and place in a warm, dark place like an attic or closet. When fully dry, put away in a glass container with a tight seal.
Herbal Vinegars: These add great flavor to foods and can also be used in salad dressings and marinades. Use 1 cup of vinegar to 4 cups of herbs. Let macerate for two weeks and then strain out the herbs.
You can keep in the refrigerator for about one month.
Dehydrating Herbs: This is a good way to sweeten up your food. It takes a bit of time but well worth it. Spread out on a cookie sheet or drying tray in your oven on its lowest setting until completely dry, which will take about 8-12 hours.
Be sure to stir them around about every 4 hours so they’ll dry evenly and don’t let them brown or burn. When completely dry and crispy, put them in airtight containers until you’re ready to use them.
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Companion planting to attract pollinators increases the yield and quality of strawberry fruit in gardens and allotments by G Franck – Wellingborough, UK: Thorsons Publishers Ltd, 1983 – soilandhealth.org