Herbs for Ornamentation and more…

Herb Garden | A Garden for All by Kathy Diemer

Herbs in the border (Photo Credit: Kathy Diemer)

Some say “erbs”, others say “herbs,” but no matter how you pronounce it, there’s nothing silent about the presence of herbs in the garden. Herbs not only provide an ornamental and edible aspect to the garden, they’re useful as a critter repellant as well. Since I grow them mainly for their ornamental attributes, I can’t share their many medicinal and culinary benefits from a personal perspective. I can, however, entice you with their visual characteristics. And, if you want to try them for other purposes, all the better!  Here are a few of my favorite hardy herbs for adding visual interest to your garden: [Read more…]

Garlic Gusto

Bloomingfield's braided garlic in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer https://agardenforall.com

Bloomingfield’s braided garlic (photo by: Kathy Diemer)

Garlic, a relative of the onion family, is one of the most healthy, beneficial foods you can eat.  Since ancient times, garlic has been revered for its countless advantages, from boosting the immune system to treating skin conditions.  Garlic has been used to repel mosquitoes, eliminate warts and for relieving nasal congestion. And recent studies indicate that garlic has also been recognized for aiding in the prevention of some types of cancer, for its anti-inflammatory and detoxifying properties, for promoting liver health, even helping lower cholesterol levels.  All those benefits aside, I love it for the flavor it adds when sautéed with leaf vegetables or added to stews and sauces.  Cloves can be inserted into pork or beef roasts, with a delicious outcome.  Garlic is a tasty addition to many food dishes, while providing vitamin C and potassium.  In other words, just a spoon full of garlic . . . [Read more…]