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I'm building a house. all of my planting will be producing/medicinal. do you have any suggestions of plants, trees, herbs that you woudl plant in such a garden?

 

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Do you know what your gardening zone is? If it's 5/6 or above you'll have a lot of options! I'm a 4.5 here and sadly a lot of stuff I'd want to grow just wouldn't work.  Some good ones:

 

-calendula

-sage

-lemon balm

-lavender

-chamomile

-mint

-echinacea

-feverfew

-mullein

-marshmallow

-yarrow

 

And congrats on your house!


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I grow strawberries and lavender.  Strawberries are really easy anyplace sunny and need lots of water.  Lavender loves high heat, full sun, and dry soil.  I have my lavender along a southwest brick wall.  The brick wall retains and amplifies the heat, and the lavender loves it.  I'm in zone 4.

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Ooh what type of lavender are you growing? I had no luck growing it last year!

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I love having thyme, mint.  Also have really liked borage, pineapple sage, parsley.

 

I don't have it this year, but LOVE having holy basil in the garden (totally intoxicating, delicious too).

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I've been thinking more about this.  Are you an experienced gardener?  This is a fantastic idea, but planting a huge productive garden from scratch in one year sounds overwhelming.  Have you read about permaculture?  It's when you use food plants as landscaping.  The 'Food not Lawns' movement is pretty awesome too.  Get familiar with the concept of microclimate.

 

Take your time getting to know your lot.  What areas get sunlight during what parts of the day and for how long?  What kind of soil do you have?  If you are going to put in trees, plant them the first year and think about where they will cast shade.  What is the purpose of this garden?  Are you just supplying your own kitchen, or do you want maximum production to sell at a farmer's market?  Will you need expensive equipment like a rototiller?  How will you deal with pests?

 

I would start with the plants that you have already cultivated, then add only a few more species each year.  Don't plant things that you don't like, 'just because'.  For instance, if you hate oregano, don't plant it just because every herb garden has oregano.  Visit greenhouses and find plants that really appeal to you.  Look at them, touch them, smell them, taste a leaf.  Another thing to be aware of is that herbs planted too close together can exchange flavors.

 

The whole garden is a living organism.  Build it up slowly.  It will change every season and from year to year. 

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thank you so much everyone for your help!

 

im in zone 5/6.  low desert. 

 

were on a well.  well be planting all producing plants. fruit trees, nut trees, herbs, veggies. 

 

plenty for us, and some to share! wont be selling. 

 

we have chickens for pest control, and will be using plant specifics for pest control as well as soil amendments from the plant rotation in the veggie garden. 

 

i'm not really sure about medicinal herbs, that's where you guys come in, haha!

 

thanks for your help!

 

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