Be Careful What You Plant in Your Herb Garden

Buying Seedlings for my Herb Garden

A few years ago a neighborhood boy was selling herb seedlings that he had grown.  I very excitedly bought some lemon balm and peppermint to plant in my herb garden.  That same year I bought some flea repellent mint for our dog.  I don’t know the name of it but it was advertised to prevent fleas.  I also planted garlic chives.  These are all perennials, meaning they grow back each year all on their own.

My Herb Garden is Overrun With Lemon Balm, Peppermint and Garlic Chives

Now, many years later, my garden is overrun with lemon balm, peppermint and flea repellent mint.  It turns out that I don’t use these.  I do use garlic chives. Lemon Balm Taking Over But there are many more plants than I need.  I used the lemon balm to make lemon balm baths for relaxation.  But in all honesty I didn’t notice any difference.  And then the bathtub got stained a yucky green!  I don’t enjoy tea and we didn’t use the flea repellent.  Alas, I am always digging these out and they are quite tenacious.  The garlic chives have a particularly strong root system.  You can see from the picture that I have started to clean out this garden bed of lemon balm.  I tried to dig it out and the roots are so massed together that I can’t get the shovel in.  So I am just clearing it and will cover it with thick mulch.  As it grows back hopefully the mulch will make it easier to pull out all the roots.  If that doesn’t work I will cover it with a weed mat or black plastic.

Tomato Grows From Crack Between Sidewalk and Wall

Tomato Growing Out of CrackBut where would we be if plants were not so strong.  We need them to be strong to survive heat, drought and bad growing conditions.  So I will keep battling the ones I don’t want and be thankful for all the green that grows.  I was amazed one day to find this tomato growing out of a crack between the wall and the sidewalk.  It eventually got tomatoes on it!   Remember, be careful what you choose to plant.  Make sure you are really going to want it.

One thought on “Be Careful What You Plant in Your Herb Garden

  1. Robert Taylor

    Good point! Who thinks about what it is going to be like in a few years after the herbs have taken off. I also have some perennials I would like to get rid of but they keep coming back every year. It is very frustrating. The underground root system just never seems to end. I am tempted to zap them with chemicals but I haven’t done it yet. I’d like to know if your system works with the lemon balm.

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