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What are Herbs?

Herb Garden
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A plant that has a non-woody stem by true scientific definition is called an herb. Most herbs are annuals, which means that you have to replant them each year. The plant or its extracts have been used for alternative medicine. Any part of the plant, like the roots, berries, leaves, flowers, bark, seeds, and so on which offer healing or nourishment to the human body can be used. Very important Micro nutrients are contained in herbs.

The herb offers the body the essential nutrients along with trace elements and many minerals to keep the body in balance. This aids in overall health. Herbs can even be more helpful in this area as more information becomes available.

Growing your herbs is special because you use what you grow. To use the full benefit that nature has to offer try-growing herbs organically. Growing your own herbs is very simple. Herb gardens were used for health and medicinal purposes even in ancient cultures. Yes, even these cultures grew herb gardens.

Two such cultures were the Romans and Egyptians. A number of their records for herbal remedies have been found. As history goes, herbs for health in this country are a fairly recent discovery. When used for medicinal purposes, herbs take longer to react but are easier and safer on the body.

The more the various herbs are discovered in even remote areas of the world the more we learn about these herbs. Ancient writings are still being found today too that point to how these herbs were used in the past and how we should use them today.

They are a much softer remedy for what ails you compared to stronger, harsher medicines. These herbs are also a very effective way to nourish your body. We are finding out more and more what bad effects strong chemicals have on the human body. As we discover this more of us than ever are turning to herbs.

Many times you can use the herbs along with your medication, until your system becomes repaired enough, to go off totally of the drugs you have been taking. You should never go off a medication without checking with your doctor first though. There could be special instructions on how to go off the medication.

Also before just arbitrarily starting to use herbs, you need to talk to a professional on how much of what to take. Herbs taken in wrong quantities could lead to problems. Just because they are natural it does not mean you need to know what you are doing with them. They must be used correctly if you want the desired results.

Herbs are nature’s medicine and when used correctly cure what ails us. Another benefit is the added nutrients to our meals. If you have any interest on how herbs can help you, investigate this subject a little further. Maybe with a little luck and research you might not have to depend on harsh medicines to solve your ills.

Learn more about Herbal Gardening. Stop by Jefferson Haynesworth’s site where you can find out all about Fresh Herb Gardening and what it can do for you.

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Make Your Home A Happy Landscaped Home

If the door is close to the corner of the house, there may not be room for both a corner group and a door planting. In that case the thing to do is to arrange the corner group so that it will also form half of the entrance planting. The half on the other side of the door would be very low as determined by line drawn to edge of the house.

Low Foundation

Whenever the exposed foundation is 3 feet or less in height, it is desirable to use plants only at the above-mentioned areas. It makes the house look larger and more dignified to have the lawn extend right up to the foundation walls.

But if the foundation is more than 3 feet high, we readjust our thinking and break the rule of not having a solid planting around the house. We maintain the general outline of the mass plantings at the corners and next to the entrance, but add a planting that connects them. In effect, this lifts the straight linerepresented .by the lawn in the case of a house with no foundation or a very low one – up to the point where the foundation ends and the house covering begins.

Directing Attention

The reason for having lower plants beside the door than at the corners is simple enough. If we want to pour a liquid into the top of a bottle or other small opening, we usually use a funnel to help do it. Psychologically the same effect results when we look at a house with high corner plantings and low entrance plantings; our attention is more or less funneled from the high points to the low ones close to the door. This is exactly what we want, namely, the attention of the observer to be directed to and centered on the entrance.

Various Architectural Styles

Although it may not be obvious in all instances, you can usually see in these different architectural styles the same guiding principle behind all of the foundation planting arrangements.

On a house with tall pillars in front, it is not advisable to put a single plant at the base of each pillar in order to break the vertical line. This would make it appear as though the pillar was suspended in mid air. There is little danger of monotony even if everyone who owns a house with tall pillars were to handle it in the same general manner; homes of that type are few and far between, so one will rarely see two that are planted exactly alike.