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August 25, 2008, 10:55 am betterhomesgardens
Herbs, natures little multi-taskers, make a wonderful addition to any garden.
Prized by the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians and used throughout the Middle Ages, Horseradish is a popular herb that is part of the Brassicaceae family, which also includes mustard and wasabi.
Commonly used as a condiment it is also highly valued for its antibacterial qualities, as well as its ability to purify the blood and help rid the body of waste products.
Horseradish is best cultivated from a piece of the root planted in early spring. Aside from regular watering and ensuring it is protected from weeds it requires little in the way of attention, making it the perfect herb for novice gardeners or children to grow.
Native to the Mediterranean, this herb takes its name from the Latin ros maris (dew of the sea). Fragrant and possessing a wide variety of flowers, this herb can provide landscapers with a strong focal point when designing a garden.
The robustly flavoured leaves are commonly used to flavour meats like lamb and chicken. Even the woody stalks can be used as an alternative to kitchen skewers.
Rosemary is another herb that is easy to grow, with seeds able to be planted throughout the year. As long as they are planted in well drained soil they should prosper with the right care.