Valerian

Space Needed 2 plants/SF Background Originally, valerian was native to temperate climate areas of  Europe and northern Asia, it now grows freely as a weed throughout most of the US. zones 4-9.   Medicinal Value Valerian roots provide strong and gentle nerve and muscle relaxing properties. useful for: insomnia, pain, …

Tomato

Space Needed 1.5 plants/sf Background A traditional food in Central and South America, tomatoes found their way to Europe with Spanish explorers. It has been a staple of healthy Mediterranean cuisine ever since.  Medicinal Value Loaded with vitamins A, C and folic acid, tomatoes are also rich sources of other …

Turmeric

Space Needed 1.5 plants/sf Background Turmeric, is native to the monsoon forests of south east Asia. It is now being grown throughout tropical regions world over. Medicinal Value Turmeric: is a supreme antioxidant and a potent anti-inflammatory as well as a general immune system booster.  Additionally it is antibacterial anti-inflammatory, …

Thyme

Space Needed 2 plants/SF Background A member of the mint family, thyme is native to the hot, dry Mediterranean region where it has been used for millenia as food, fragrance and medicine. Medicinal Value Thyme contains essential oils with potent antiseptic and detoxifying properties. It’s especially useful in combating coughs, …

Swiss Chard

Space Needed 2 Plants/SF Background Chard, also called silverbeet, has been a staple in Mediterranean diets for centuries. The tender young leaves are added to salads or pureed, while mature leaves and stems are delicious chopped and steamed or added to soups and stews. The frost-hardy plants may be harvested …