Anise (Pimpinella Anisum, Linn.), an annual herb of the natural order Umbellifer√¶. It is a native of southwestern Asia, northern Africa and south-eastern Europe, whence it has been introduced by man throughout the Mediterranean region, into Germany, and to some extent into other temperate regions of both hemispheres, but seems not to be known anywhere in the wild state or as an escape from gardens. To judge from its mention in the Scriptures (Matthew xxiii, 23), it was highly valued as a cultivated crop prior to our era, not only in Palestine, but elsewhere in the East. Many Greek and Roman authors, especially Dioscorides, Theophrastus, Pliny and Paladius, wrote more or less fully of its cultivation and uses.

Anise in Flower and in Fruit
Anise in Flower and in Fruit

From their days to the present it seems to have enjoyed general popularity. In the ninth century, Charlemagne commanded that it be grown upon the imperial farms;


   Costmary is an "old-fashioned" herb which gardeners are beginning to re-discover. In the Victorian era, nearly every kitchen gardner grew this sweetly scented plant. The many different names given to the herb all relate to its fragrance ~ Scented Salvia, Farmers' Salvia, Balm Leaf, or Fragrant Leaf. In Europe, this plant is called simply Balm.


    The reference to Sage or Salvia should be regarded as a mark of respect for the plant, not an indication that it belongs to the Salvia family. It is a member of the Chrysanthemum family. Originating in the Orient, where it has been used for generations to give food a piquant flavor. It has also been used to clear, flavour and preserve beer. Fresh, young leaves may be added sparingly to salads, soups, bread and cold beverages. Costmary can be used like mint in beverages and iced soups. Use the leaves sparingly in carrot soup, green salads and fruit salads, with game, or in poultry stuffing and fruit cakes. It is delicious on peas and new potatoes.

   What do you do when you lack the space to grow your multiple varities of herbs?  Well if limited horizontally, look up and try vertical gardening. 

  Here's an excellent video on describing how to create vertical gardens.  This is only one of several inexpensive easy ways to expand your organic herb gardens, integrate companion plants, and enjoy the organic herbs in your everyday life.

   Video on vertical gardening

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Video from HerbFest At Festival Park in Wake Forest By Entomologist, Dr. Milton Ganyard, On Using Organic Ingredients To Improve Soil Fertility Naturally and Organically

      No Till techniques are incorporated after the soil fertility is established.

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    Kathryn Spiegel shows how apartment dwellers can successfully grow herbs without having gardens or a yard.  By having the ability to move herb containers around,  the climate for each of the herbs can be micromanaged so the shade herbs have shade, and the sun herbs can have full sun. 

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