4 Tips for growing your own medicinal plants
Growing medicinal herbs for personal use doesn’t mean you need a farm. In some cases, a small supply of herbal plants goes a long way. Seasonal apothecary’s are another option for the beginner herb gardener. What I mean by this is that herbal remedies would be available to you during the growing season when plants are fresh.
Drying herbs and other preservation techniques may not be something you want to do, or you may not have the home space for it. But, you will have a supply in spring, summer, and possibly into fall of home herbal remedies.
Which herbs should you start with?
- Get a planting plan together. Start with herbs you know you like the taste or smell of. Or, plant herbs you want to learn more about. Even if you don’t know what their medicinal properties are still get a planting plan together.
- Second, find out what kind of light requirements they need – full sun, part shade, full shade? If your area only gets morning sun then grow plants that are for part to full shade. Full sun refers to at least 6 hours of afternoon sun.
- Determine how much space you have and decide if you can plant in the ground, create raised garden beds, or use containers.
- For the first growing season, of intentionally planting herbs for medicinal use, start learning about the herbs known medicinal uses and try making herbal remedies with them. Don’t worry if your remedies taste bad or go bad (mold) because the first year is experimentation. Hands on experience is a great learning tool.