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Herbs are plants valued for flavor, scent, or other qualities. Herbs have a variety of uses including culinary, medicinal, and even spiritual usage. General usage differs between culinary herbs and medicinal herbs. In medicinal or spiritual use any of the parts of the plant might be considered “herbs”, including leaves, roots, flowers, seeds, resin, root bark, inner bark (cambium), berries and sometimes the pericarp or other portions of the plant.

History of Herbs

Learn how herbs have had impact on culture and cuisine through the ages.

Definition, Number & Types of Herbs Available

Early herb gardens were the major source for food seasoning. The need for homegrown herbs, however, declined with the advent of modern stores. Today, many gardeners are rediscovering the joy and pleasure of producing their own herbs. Learn about the types of herbs available to grow.

Herbs for Beginning Gardeners

Beginning herb gardeners may have a problem deciding which herbs to plant because of the large number of herbs from which to select. Get help choosing the right herbs to start growing.

Outdoor Herb Culture Tips

Most commonly used herbs will grow in West Virginia and the Northeast. If you have room, you can make herbs part of your vegetable garden. However, you may prefer to grow herbs in a separate area, particularly the perennials. Find outdoor herb growing tips.

Indoor Herb Gardening

Herbs can also be grown indoors for year-round enjoyment. Growing herbs indoors is no more difficult than growing them in the garden. Find indoor herb growing tips.

Drying Herbs

If you have an herb garden, you’ll find that home-dried herbs can be just as tasty as those bought at the store. However, proper handling is as important to the success of your herb harvest as good cultural practices.

Herb Description, Culture, Harvesting & Use

Recommended Reading

Related Herb Resources

Related Herb Links

West Virginia Herb Association
The Herb Society of America
Culinary Herb FAQs
Herb Garden Guru – A Modern Herbal

Information used to create portions of this site was adapted from Pub. NE 208 published by the Cooperative Extension Services of the Northeast States.