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Learn about herbs

Learn about herbs

This month, we’re learning all about herbs to celebrate National Children’s Gardening Week. This fun topic is based on a suggestion from one of our Little Seedlings Ambassadors!

Learn about herbs

Did you know there’s an entire week dedicated to getting our hands dirty and doing some gardening? National Children’s Gardening Week teaches children about the fun that gardens hold. Held every year at the end of May, it’s an action-packed week that encourages us to explore, discover, and grow in the garden

This month, Dobbies celebrates National Children’s Gardening Week by bringing you lots of fun activities all about the wonderful world of herbs

Learn about herbs

What are herbs?

Herbs are the leafy or flowering parts of plants. Unlike spices, which usually come from dried seeds, fruits, or roots, herbs are most often used fresh. Herbs are used for so many different things, from medicine to tea, but they’re mostly used for adding flavour to meals

This month, Dobbies celebrates National Children’s Gardening Week by bringing you lots of fun activities all about the wonderful world of herbs

Learn about herbs

Types of herbs

Herbs come in all shapes and sizes! Basil has big, green leaves and even some flowers, like lavender, are considered herbs. Here are some other common herbs that you can buy or grow yourself:

Rosemary: This garden herb has long, thin leaves that can be picked all year round

Sage: This is an easy-to-grow herb and a favourite of many cooks and gardeners

Thyme: This herb is known for its strong-smelling small leaves

Mint: This herb is extremely easy to grow and is known for its refreshing smell

Oregano: Its leaves and flowers are commonly used in tea

Coriander: The leaves, flowers and seeds of this herb are all edible

Lemongrass: The lemongrass plant can reach heights of up to 5 feet

Learn about herbs

Magic in the kitchen

Fresh herbs are like flavour wizards! They can magically transform a simple meal into something super tasty. Here are some ways you can use herbs in the kitchen:

  • Chop up basil, oregano, or thyme and sprinkle them on pizza, pasta, or salads for a burst of fresh flavour

  • Make tasty dips and sauces by mixing herbs with sour cream, yogurt, or mayonnaise. Try mixing garlic and oregano to make a yummy pesto or make a creamy chive sauce to enjoy with baked potatoes

  • Add a sprig of rosemary or thyme to your next pot of soup for an extra layer of flavour

  • Some herbs, like mint and chamomile, can be used to make delicious and calming teas

Learn about herbs

Beyond the plate

Herbs aren't just for food. They've been used for hundreds of years for their amazing health benefits and other surprising uses. Here are some amazing herb superpowers that you might not already know about:

  • Natural healers: Some herbs, like ginger and chamomile, have soothing properties that can help with tummy troubles or calm you down before bed

  • Bug banishers: Herbs like peppermint have scents that insects don’t like. Plant these herbs around your patio to keep bugs at bay

  • Fresh smells: Herbs like lavender and lemongrass, have refreshing scents. You can dry them out and put them in sachets to freshen wardrobes

  • Beauty boosters: Herbs like chamomile can be used to make soothing lotions for your skin