Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Benefits of Lemonbalm, Basil and Borage

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Dear Mary,
SPRING is right around the corner! You might be
Seed Starting Indoors if it's still cold outside.

If you're still planning out your garden or have a bit more room left over, you should consider the varieties below!  Check out Back to the Basics for FREE seeds!

Benefits of Lemonbalm,  
Basil and Borage
Lemonbalm
Lemonbalm can be grown in containers.   
Seeds germinate in 12-21 days.  Lemonbalm prefers full sun but tolerates partial shade and requires consistently moist soil. 
 
Lemonbalm 
Mosquitos?  
Lemonbalm can repel mosquitos.
Once harvested, Lemonbalm is used in tinctures, teas, healing salves and organic mosquito repellant.

Basil
Basil is one of the easiest herbs to grow in the garden.  Basil LOVES heat and can be grown in full sun or even partial shade.
Purple Opal Basil changing color
Basil does well with Tomatoes, peppers, Squash, oregano, asparagus and petunias.
Basil can be helpful in repelling thrips,
flies and mosquitoes.
Health benefits of Basil

Borage can deter Tomato Hornworms, making it my favorite herb in the garden!
Borage matures in as few as 6 weeks so if you start seeds in containers be sure to transplant early to avoid getting root-bound.
Borage
Borage is a companion plant to Tomatoes, Squash, Strawberry, Basil, leeks, pumpkins, kale, nasturtiums, marigolds and parsley.
Borage leaves and flowers are delicious in salads
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7 comments:

Crystelle Boutique said...

Thanks for the mentioning the benefits of these herbs. I like to grow lemonbalm and basil, but I have never grown borage before....

Jennifer Johnson said...

I have been meaning to find lemonbalm. I need to get seeds ASAP.

Mary Smith said...

Hey Jennifer!!! Check out Mary's Heirloom Seeds
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Marla Gates said...

Hi Mary,
Love this post. I love using lemon balm for many things- as a insect repellent, using it on cold sores and quite a few other things. I don't grow since it doesn't grow well where I live. Your looks great. Will share on social networks. Have a wonderful healthy day and thanks for sharing your knowledge.

gentlejoy said...

I have lemon balm and basil and I used to have borage, but it died out a few years ago after some reworking of the garden. I will have to get it going again....especially since it helps w/ the tomato worms - we have almost none of them, but need to lower that number. :) Thank you for posting.

Stone Cottage Adventures said...

Thanks for the tips! I grow all three and love them! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

Betsy {BPhotoArt.com} said...

I love herbs in the garden. Last year I got some lemon balm and basil... will be expanding this year!